For the first part of the 20th century, gardens have been more of a formal place . With cropping and outlaying borders that are immaculate, even with lawns sprayed with chemicals to keep them beautiful. Back then, children were allowed, but not encouraged to be around the gardening process. Fast forward to today and it’s a different story.
Since young adults change preferences quickly, a parent should be adaptable. For example, when something loses the child’s interest, we should be more flexible for added growth.
Having a play ground or area near the house is perfect for smaller children, while older kids may prefer something further away from a parent. I believe the garden is the suitable place that allows children to take some risks. Similar to the real world with the ever-changing environment.
Consider camping and buying a tent, in which your children can play and camp out. This allows you to give them some space and take some ownership of your yard and garden area.
Plants, often times, are more robust and can take rougher treatment from kids and pets (although avoid certain fragile blooms). Also, with younger children, you should avoid plants with thorns.
Foxgloves, are well known to be poisonous, but other seemingly innocent plants, such as rhubarb leaves and daffodil bulbs, are also poisonous.
So, it’s essential to teach your children that they should never put flowers or leaves in his or her mouth.
It would be ideal to set aside a specific area for your children to grow their own plants. Most of us start with trying to grow something a little more meaningful as found within growing vegetables, such as lettuces, tomatoes or bean. This way the kids can choose and pick which plants to grow, nurture and eat.
Cats have been known to use fresh soil as a litter tray, so keeping these areas covered with a fleece or other materials such as twigs can help persuade them to go somewhere else. However, dogs love to dig and run through gardens, so giving them a different area that may be overgrown would be good for them to forage, while training them to leave your garden area alone would be best. This could be handled with a number of ways, one being a fenced off flower bed as an example.
Water features and ponds can attract a wide variety of animals, insects, and kids who love to splash and play. Smaller children can drown in only a few inches of water, so it’s important install a fence or just wait until they are older to install your water feature.
THE DINING AREA
One of the best uses for a family garden is enjoying the various seasons. Especially, on a summer’s evening, nothing is better thatn having a family barbecue or dinner outside near your garden.