Growing Up Right - Gardening with the Kids
A big backyard's always been a part of the Australian dream, but just what do you do with it once you've got it?
Getting the kids involved in gardening is a great way to get them active and outside, but most children aren't exactly begging to be away from their screens these days, so how do you get them interested?
Make it Fun
Flowers and shrubberies can be very beautiful, but they're much more of a grown-up look. For the kids, consider a sand pit or a paved area for classic games like hopscotch or handball. You can also add in some simple touches, like a digging patch or an old wheelbarrow, to give them something to play with that's a bit old-fashioned.
Show Some Progress
Simple fruits and vegetables, like strawberries or snow peas, are a great way to get kids involved in the garden. Unlike flowers, this is something they can hold and even eat, and are relatively low-maintenance and quick to sprout as well. It's also a great way to teach your children about planning for the future without having to be too hands on.
Something for Everyone
Of course, there's nothing to say the yard can't have something for Mum and Dad as well. If you dedicate a corner to the kids, you can still have the plants and flowers you prefer in the rest of the yard. If you smoothly transition, perhaps with a line of neutral hedges, or even just a paved path that matches the tone.
At the end of the day, the more time you can get your kids spending outside, the better, so see what works, and talk to your family to get an idea of what they want. Of course, you can always get inspiration from other homes as well, and we host a wide variety of open home inspections every Saturday, so talk to us today to see what's on!