Child-friendly gardens

Garden Life
Gardens provide a safe haven for children to relax and have fun. Children can also learn much from the nature currently residing within their own garden. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your garden is a paradise for nature and how to get your own children involved in maintaining it.

Exploring nature

Playing outside and in the garden can be a fun adventure for children. Keeping your garden perfectly maintained isn’t necessarily a must for a child-friendly garden. Sometimes allowing certain areas to be overgrown can attract nature into your garden and also means you don’t have to worry if the kids have trodden on a few prized plants. Tempting animals to reside in your home garden can provide an educational aspect for your children. They can discover how nature works through items such as nesting boxes, bird baths or even a self-made insect hotel, giving your children plenty to explore.

Children’s plant beds

It’s never too early to involve your children in a little gardening work so they learn how the garden works. One particularly good idea is cultivating a small plant bed for your children to have. 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 and will involve them in a simple and fun way.

Climbing trees

Make a great addition to any family garden as they not only encourage nature to move in, but also provide opportunities for climbing or even perhaps an extravagant addition such as a tree house. A hazelnut shrub is a good place to start and will be ready for climbing within a few years of planting. If you’re not too keen on having a natural climbing frame in your garden, fruit trees are an ideal choice and will be both eye-catching and also provide fruit for generations to come.

Water fun

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.

Safety first

However you decide to design your family garden, you should always first 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, providing an education aspect to your garden.

Be careful when designing ponds, pools or water features. These should be made inaccessible or sufficiently safeguarded so that your children’s safety is always guaranteed. Constructing a hedge or a fence around your garden is something to consider as it will allow you, as parents, to not have to worry about your children playing outside.