Many people think of gardening as a hobby for older people. But it’s actually fun for all ages. If you have little ones, and you’re eager to get out and enjoy the garden, these tips will come in handy.
Designing a child-friendly garden
The best way to get the kids interested in gardening is to create a space, which inspires and intrigues them. Children are incredibly responsive to visual stimuli. Think about colours and make every part of the garden appealing to the eye. Use your imagination to encourage your children to have fun in the garden. Turn an old shed into a striped beach hut. Lay down some bark chippings and use logs as stepping-stones. Put up a rickety bridge or add a sunken sandbox. Put some goal posts on the lawn, or attach a basketball hoop to the side of the house. You want your garden to be a place the kids can play for hours with friends and family. Think about what they like to do, and encourage them to share their ideas with you.
Planting and growing
Many kids show an interest in helping out in the garden from a young age. They enjoy sowing seeds, watering, and watching their flowers bloom. Take your children to the garden centre and look at the plants together. Choose some seeds, and think about what you can grow at home. Sunflowers and strawberries are popular choices for kids. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, take a look at sites like www.chrisbowers.co.uk. Once you’ve bought seeds, bulbs, or plants, encourage the kids to help you tend to them. Buy a mini gardening set and do the evening watering round together. Keep an eye on how things are going in the vegetable patch and enjoy the fruits of your labour once they’re ready. Scatter fresh strawberries on Greek yoghurt for a healthy pudding, or add newly picked tomatoes to a salad.
Stimulating the senses
Designing a garden for kids is not all about what you can see. Your outdoor space can also be a place to listen, smell, and feel. Sensory patches are ideal for young children who like to explore. Choose plants with powerful scents, such as lavender. Hang wind chimes in the trees or grow plants, which make noise in the wind. Good examples include bamboo and greater quaking grass. Choose a mixture of shrubs and herbs, which offer different textures. Go for smooth silver sage and rough houseleek, for example. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out this great Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/brigette_joy/child-friendly-gardens/.
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Many parents enjoy spending time in the garden with their children. The outdoors can be enchanting and hugely enjoyable for little ones. Your garden can also be a great place for kids to learn, explore, and discover. If you’re looking to get your kids into gardening, take these tips on board. Help them grow their own plants and vegetables, and use your imagination to design a child-friendly space. Spend time together, play games, and tend to your planters and patches. Pay attention to the visual aspect of your designs, but don’t forget the other senses.
I hope you have enjoyed this post.
Do you love to potter about in the garden with your kids? What are their favourite things to grow?