Children love adventure. For this reason, a child-friendly garden does not have to be perfectly maintained. This is generally boring for children. Areas of the garden which have been left to Nature are particularly inviting to children for discovery and experimentation. You can tempt many animals into your home through nesting boxes, bird baths or a self-made insect hotel, giving your children plenty to discover.
You can involve your children in gardening work from a young age. In this way they learn quickly what they can and cannot eat. One good idea is a little children’s plant bed. You can plant fruit and vegetables here together with your child, which they can then harvest themselves later. Particularly suitable are tomatoes, peas, raspberries and strawberries, as the harvest can be eaten directly.
Climbing trees and hidey-holes
Opportunities for climbing and hidey-holes are an essential part of every family garden. What about, for example, a tree house or a self-built hut made of branches? A hazelnut shrub is ready for climbing within a few years, and the nuts are popular with both children and squirrels. Young fruit trees, on the other hand, are not recommendable as climbing trees, as a broken branch can adversely affect the fruit yield for several years afterwards.
On warm summer days, water in the garden is a true delight for children. For example, you can set up a small paddling pool. A water hose with a sprayer or a lawn sprinkler provides plenty of fun for children, and represents a welcome refreshment.
However you design your family garden, you should always consider the safety of your children. Do not cultivate poisonous plants if you have small children. Angel trumpets, autumn crocus, laburnum, deadly nightshade or lily of the valley should not be present in family gardens. Once the children grow older, however, it is possible to explain to them exactly what is poisonous and what is not, so that it is no longer necessary to do without all beautiful but poisonous plants. Be careful when designing ponds, pools or water butts. These should be made inaccessible or sufficiently safeguarded so that your children’s safety is always guaranteed.
In order to stop children running out suddenly into the road, it is advisable to construct a hedge or a fence around your garden. In this way, parents can allow their children to play outside and enjoy the garden without worrying about them.