Popular Posts: Little Green Fingers

I have recently had the pleasure of designing a potager garden. Since gardening is not my strong point – I am only now learning the difference between a shrub and foliage – I have had to do quite extensive research on the subject. And while I was looking for information and inspiration I found some interesting ideas on gardens for kids.

Get them involved: An edible garden is both educational and is claimed to also cure picky eaters. I don’t know if a blanket statement like that can be made for all kids, but my 2 year old sat scoffing baby spinach from the plant last week so I guess there is some truth in it. Getting them involved from seedling tray to harvest is a great little winter project. Give them their own patch of land and watch them take ownership: can you imagine Granny’s proud face when it’s announced that the salad comes from the little Prince’s own garden!

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Keep them interested: A full harvest cycle might be too long for most kids’ attention span. Quick and easy veggies to grow are tomatoes (any variety really), beans (climbing over a teepee), leafy vegetables and salad. These are all colourful and will create an exciting visual variety. Carrots, beets and onions are also fairly simple but take a bit longer. Marigolds and herbs will deter pests from the patch, and adding some sunflowers will add an exciting height element to complement the teepee. Plant some nasturtiums around the edges to round things off and to give the fairies some shade!

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Container Veggies: If space is a challenge, then simply grow your veggies in containers. Just as simple and it can still provide for your family.

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Fantasy Gardens for creative play: If potted gardens are more your thing or you live in an apartment, do not despair: this is a little play-garden fit for the most inquisitive fairy or gnome. Too sweet! Always try to keep a playful element in the project.

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Flower Power: Sowing flower seeds now for spring planting is also a great way to teach them about seasons and the different plants relevant to them. They can also learn about the responsibilities of watering every day.

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Get Creative: Isn’t this just awesome! Blackboard paint can transform any surface into a canvass – even fencing or vibacrete.

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Play Areas: A sand pit is a must for any kid, but needs to be in the shade if you want to prevent your darlings from burning. This is an upmarket version, but the same effect can be achieved by having one under a tree or even a simple pop-up gazebo. And if that is still too elaborate, just make sure that you have a shady spot somewhere in a flower bed for them to till the soil at leisure.

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Wet Works: While water-features are great, it is very important to make sure that what you have in your garden is age-appropriate. With my own kids being 2 and under, I will wait another few years before I have one. But once they’re older, there is nothing better than getting wet and muddy!

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