Why it is important to get your kids involved with the garden

kids garden

Spending time outdoors with your kids can sometimes prove be challenging, especially when it seems that they are more interested in staring at their screens. Yet when you ponder the potentialities of outdoor activity choices, typically gardening is not one that comes to mind. Although a kids garden may need your patience, it could be a surprising way to get outdoors and pave the way to teach your children healthy living skills.

Growing produce   

If you truly want to know what you are putting into your body, growing your own fruits and vegetables is the only way to assure quality. Not to mention it is the most nutritious thing you could do for your daily diet. Its unbeatable taste is just one of the many benefits of having your own garden.

Another benefit is the opportunity to teach your kids how to plant and sustain their very own fruits and vegetables. This is an excellent way to connect them with their food source all while being surrounded by nature. Knowing exactly where your food is coming from is also a great way to teach your kids healthy eating habits. It is no secret that concerns have been raised over the pesticides and toxins that can be found on produce at the store.

Needless to say a kids garden would be an enticing way to put them in the driver’s seat and give them complete control over what goes into their bodies.    

It could be a work of art

While watching the garden flourish can be rewarding, there are plenty of other benefits to hours spent planting.

Think of your garden as a blank canvas that is waiting to be painted on by your children. Surrounding your garden with lights is an excellent way to deliver a show stopping glow. Perhaps your kids also have an action figure collection? Using old toys is another great way to get creative with the family. For example, let’s say your kids loved Smurfs characters. You could use the old toys to replicate the Smurf village. Now wouldn’t that be fun!

What do you think? Should kids learn how to garden? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

 

Awesome things to do in your backyard this summer

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Stepping out into your backyard should give you the same cozy feeling as climbing into your own bed after being away from home. Whether you’ve custom designed your outer space, or are working with already established features, make it a dream oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Consider the following summer backyard ideas for creating an awesome at-home venue for everyone to enjoy.

Comfy Camping

Camping is a great outdoor activity, but you can easily turn your yard into a spectacular spot for appreciating the elements. Gather up snacks and blankets, set up your tent, and take in the wonders of the night sky. If you’re short on space, make a tabletop fire bowl for roasting marshmallows and sitting back to star gaze and identify constellations. If possible, create a lounge area with air mattresses and cardboard “cars” for kids, so you can watch movies on an inflatable or a makeshift screen. Strategically place landscape lights and lanterns along the walkways, for safe, well illuminated movements between the yard and house.

A Perfect Corner Hideaway

A little backyard nook is similar in theory to personal camping, as it’s part of making a warm, inviting outdoor space. Fashioned from string lights, colorful fabrics and expressions of your interests and tastes, picture a super snugly cocoon where the world is yours.   String a hammock between shady trees, make a teepee out of branches and curtains, or drape a canopy over your favorite chaise lounge or chairs. Add plants, tea lights, and pillows and make it the perfect retreat for reading, artwork, yoga, meditation, staycation picnics and whatever else serves as down time.

Outdoor Fun and Games

Sometimes the best ways to unwind are the simplest and the silliest. Use pavement chalk to leave cute messages for loved ones, or adapt the game of Twister to the lawn. Arrange directional lighting so that you can play croquet, horseshoes, miniature golf or swing on repurposed tires or chairs even when the sun sets. Kid-friendly summer backyard ideas include:

  • puppet stages
  • faery gardens
  • hopscotch
  • water gun and bubble making stations
  • scavenger hunts
  • in-ground trampolines
  • water balloon and papier-mâché candy-filled pinatas
  • ball pits, homemade slime pits and sensory stations made out of kiddie pools

Pool Parties for Everyone

Bold, bright dishware, tiki torches, palm trees, inflatable chairs, and low-voltage pond lighting enhance pool areas, but what if you don’t have the space for swimming? Lay a tarp out under a sprinkler for a slip-n-slide, or simply set up a water obstacle course with kiddie pools. Collect stones from your yard and surround neighbourhood parks as well as make your own pebble mats for everyone to clean or dry their feet off on. Toddler wading pools are also terrific for dogs. Make sure to place them under shade so your pup can stay cool.

Creature Comforts

Part of choosing decorating and lighting ideas to make your yard more inviting for yourself is also keeping it a peaceful place for all inhabitants. Since you’re most likely sharing yard space with a few creatures, make it appealing and comfortable for them too. Designate a spot away from where you entertain, for bird-houses, bird-baths, and bat-houses. Avoid food waste by stocking a butterfly feeder with old fruit that the insects love and craft obstacle courses for squirrels to navigate as they forage for nuts and treats.

Multi-Purpose Fencing

Fencing does more than establish privacy and borders, it’s also a wonderful canvas for the imagination. Use slats to mount sculptures, flower pots, or musical instruments. Transform a flat surface into a climbing wall, or use it as a background for to paint glow-in-the-dark murals. With LED garden lights to complement the perimeters, you can create quite a visual statement!

What’s your favorite thing to do in your backyard when the sun is shining? Tell us in the comments section below?

 

 

Tips to Create a Warm, Inviting Outdoor Space

outdoor lighting

Staycations save on money and traveling, and best yet, amplify the enjoyment of your home. The yard offers plenty of opportunities to extend that warm and welcoming oasis that the inside of your house presents. With a little time and creativity, you can enhance a yard that fits your budget, reflects your dream destinations, and is the perfect place to unwind at, any and every time. Follow these tips to have your ideal outdoor space.

Create a Distinctive Ambiance

Just as you plan your indoor furniture around each room’s size and design, do the same with your yard. Consider how to work with existing features such as an outdoor fireplace, pool, deck, sitting wall, or stepping stones, as well as the proportions of concrete and grass.

Decide on color themes and what kind of atmosphere you want to evoke – Country villa? Tropical paradise? Beach casual? Vintage? Whatever your style, incorporate LED garden lighting and other accents that please the senses and become part of your distinctive sense of décor.

Implement Privacy

Privacy is just as important for your neighbors, as it is for you. If you don’t already have an enclosed porch, see if there is room for a pergola or other way to create a cozy, more intimate sitting area. It’s a beneficial feature even if the entire yard is closed off from distractions. Instead of replacing a short fence, try these additional ways to implement privacy:

  • training flowers and vines along a trellis
  • filling open link fencing with plants and outdoor art pieces
  • hanging curtains, canopy style between trees
  • soft illumination, with candles, string lights, and step deck lights

Emphasize Comfort and Relaxation

Another key factor in creating a warm and appealing outdoor space is being in harmony with any resident wildlife and making sure that flora and tree growth isn’t affected. Find a balance, so that you’re not disturbing nests, yet also safely re-directing rabbits and other small creatures that you may not want directly sharing your patio lounge set.

Use directional lighting along walkways and by plants and statues to emit soft, relaxing illumination. Take advantage of natural shade under large trees, or set up cover for when the sunlight is too strong.

Simplify maintenance by choosing weather-resistant materials, and remembering to cover or remove outdoor furniture that doesn’t fare well in the elements. With fragrant plants and flowers, understanding how to use pond lighting, and keeping lawns barefoot friendly as much as possible, your yard is always an invitation for unwinding.

Be Kid and Pet-Friendly

Designate spots for children and pets to also enjoy the yard, and give them a sense of their own space. There are plenty of outdoor lighting choices that reduce electricity bills and can be staked well into the ground to prevent tripping hazards. Of course, you should still always review path area lighting fixture angles and wires, especially if winds, storms, animals, or yard upkeep may have inadvertently altered the positions.

Transform your yard into the amazing outdoor space it has the potential to be, and establish it as the place that you, family, and friends love!