The thing about gardening is that no matter how good you are at it, or how much time you devote to it, it can be a pretty expensive endeavour. The price of plants, tools, soil and decorations can all add up. Especially if you have a specific vision of what you want to create for your little ones in mind. But there are some ways to ensure that you get the most fun out for your garden without breaking the bank. Read on to find out more.
Getting the basics right
The first thing that you need to get sorted when you are aiming to create a magical garden for your little ones to spend time in is getting the basics right. The basics include things like how you divide your garden up into different sections, getting the beds into a manageable state, and making sure that your garden is a safe space for the kids to spend time in.
First, to deal with is dividing your garden up. You want to make sure that the spaces you have in your yard are matched to what you want to use the garden for. For example, if the kids primarily love to run around and let off steam in the garden, then you will want to make sure that you have large lawn areas on which they can do this.
Or if they are really interested in growing things that they can eat then, you may consider putting in some raised beds for growing vegetables and other edible treats.
Of course, one of the most important aspects of any garden that kids will be using is to make sure that it is as safe as possible. You can get some advice on this by checking out things like these safety tips to help you realize what to be aware of. Remember you will need to think about things like the plants that you use while making sure that none of them are poisonous. Also, consider where you will store your tools, so they don’t become a safety hazard.
Of course, kids gardens are meant to be a fun space where they get to enjoy themselves outside So another aspect that you may want to consider in your garden is some play equipment.
You might be hesitant on this front because you think it will be an expensive investment. But before you decide one way or another, it’s a good idea to see what sort of equipment is actually out there.
Yes, there are large climbing frames with attached swings and slides that can cost a fair bit. But you don’t have to get all of these items to make a successful play zone.
Cheaper options include going for mental framed equipment, instead of wooden framed. Or purchasing single pieces such as a swing or seesaw instead of a whole kit. You can even dump the structured equipment altogether, and buy the kids cheaper items like a swingball set or some space hoppers.
Obviously, another popular element of a kid-friendly garden is a vegetable patch. What kid doesn’t like growing and then getting to eat their own fruits and vegetables? But like any aspect of gardening growing vegetables can be expensive. But there are a few tips that can help you save money in this area.
For example, instead of buying established plants for things like peas, grow the vegetable from seed. Seeds are super cheap and can be incubated in a cheap greenhouse. Or if you don’t want to have vegetable throughout the garden but in one specific area, why not try growing root-like carrots and parsnips in tubs. Then you don’t have to spend as much on compost because it’s limited to the container.
Now, something else that is a popular element of a garden is a water feature, whether that be a pond, foundation or even a swimming pool. Obviously, any open water in a garden does pose a safety risk for your little one, so it is important that before you hit anything like this installed, you think about how you will make it safe for you kid to be around. For example, some swimming pool has special covers that improve safety. Or adding a wire mesh over a pound, is a cheap way of stopping little ones from accidentally falling in.
Another good idea is to have a water feature that only uses a minimal about of water that does not pool, such as these basalt trickle functions. Then you get the relaxing and interesting noise and effects of the water with a smaller risk. You can even have a go at making these yourself if the shop bought ones are a little expensive.