Just because it is still actually winter time, it doesn’t mean that we cannot start preparing and planning for our garden this coming springtime. In fact it is the perfect time to start thinking about what we are going to plant and what tools we are going to need.
There is nothing to stop us from going and buying the seeds right now, getting all of our tools organized and thinking about whether we are going to purchase any garden furniture or perhaps put in a garden pond.
Having a great garden is not just good for us; it’s exceptionally good for our children too. It encourages them to be far more physically active, whilst they are also good for keeping them mentally active as well. A garden can help to improve their positivity, whilst also allowing them the space to expel some of that seemingly endless supply of energy that they have.
There will of course be some considerations to make when trying to ensure that you garden is as child friendly as possible; however that does not mean that your garden has to look dull. What you have to remember is that the more creative and exciting your garden is, the more it will help to capture your children’s imaginations.
You could even add in some areas that are specifically for the children, whether it be a fantastical area or just somewhere to put some children’s swings or apparatus.
Do not be Afraid of a Water Feature
As long as you have the pond fenced off safely, you do not need to worry too much about safety. If indeed you still do worry, rather than a pond you could install a fountain or perhaps a little waterfall instead.
Bring the Wildlife In
Kids love to watch birds feeding, whilst we adults enjoy it too. So you could have a simple but effective birdfeeder installed, either on a fence or perhaps a tree in the garden. These not only attract birds either as squirrels will also be attracted to your garden.
Incorporate a Playing Area
If you have children, you will want to instil a bit of fun into the garden so that they enjoy it even more. It doesn’t even matter how large or small your garden is either, as the play area could be as simple as a tree swing. If you have more room you could go for a trampoline or perhaps a sand pit. Ensure that you have plenty of soft surfaces such as rubber tiles just in case they have a little tumble from time to time.
Incorporate Some Learning into Your Back Garden
There is nothing better than having children learn whilst they play, so you could have a little herb garden installed, except ensure that you leave the labels in so that they know what each plant is. You could even have them get involved as you plant them, explaining what kinds of meals these herbs could potentially be used in. Even show them by cooking up your own pizza and let them see you sprinkle the particular herbs onto it as you cook.
A Secret Enclosure
Kids like to play in their own special and secret locations, much like they would build camps out of all of your living room furniture. Provide them with a little corner in the garden that they can think of as their very own camp. All you would need is a few chairs and a table in a corner of the garden that is out of the way. You could go even further and erect a tent or even build them a little fort of their own.
Sally Dimmock is a freelance writer and avid gardener that just loves sharing her tips and opinions on anything from what garden pond liners are best to use, to what are the best plants to grow when spring begins to bloom.