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HOMES & GARDENS


GET THE CHILDREN INVOLVED...


Some great garden activities for children to get involved in include:


• planting seeds – pick a few easy-to-grow varieties, such as nasturtiums, sunflowers or edibles such as lettuce or carrots


• watering – kids love watering and with a little bit of oversight to make sure nothing is left out, they can help you with this garden task


• bug hunts – a great way to demonstrate the diversity that exists in the garden


• creating habitats – whether it’s a log pile, a bee hotel or a small pond, kids will love to be involved in providing a home for garden creatures


• harvesting produce – children will be excited to dig-up or pick their produce. Hopefully at least some of it will make it back to the dinner table! They can also help collect seeds for planting next year


• tidying up – it’s usually good to leave a layer of leaves on flower beds over winter to provide a habitat for sheltering invertebrates, but if you have a specific area that needs attention, such as a lawn, they can help to collect the leaves


Further information For more information, try the RHS website www.rhs.org. uk, which is a great resource for design ideas and garden projects. Kate Bradbury’s book ‘Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything’ has lots of information on the types of wildlife to be found in the garden and what they need to thrive.


Like raising children, planting a garden is an investment for the future. What better way to give the next generation a great future than to give them a passion for gardening? As the Indian proverb goes, “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.”


Julia Crawford is a garden designer living and working in south west London. She has a passion for


creating gardens that can be havens for people and wildlife. www.juliacrawford.co.uk


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