Don’t Forget These 5 Important Things When Creating a Family Friendly Garden

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We would all love to spend more time with our children, out in the garden. Especially now the sunshine is out to play! Not all of us have a backyard that is suitable for the whole family, however. It may be because you haven’t touched it since last summer. Maybe there are too many hazards around. Whatever the reason, creating a family friendly garden is probably high up on your to-do list. If it is, then you’re going to need to remember a few things. Here are 5 important factors to consider when creating a family friendly garden. So many of which people always forget!

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1. The Basics

You don’t want your children running around in long grass or being surrounded by potentially hazardous weeds. Before you start anything, it’s important to get the backyard cleared up. This means mowing the lawn for starters. You should mow it every few weeks during the summer, as it grows a lot quicker. Make sure you get rid of any weeds that have overgrown since you last ventured out into the garden. Some can be dangerous for kids. Replace the weeds with potted plants and flower beds, for the perfect, pretty little garden.

2. Privacy

You don’t really want your kids playing out in the garden for all the neighbours to see. Or perhaps even passers-by! It’s a good idea to consider how private your backyard is before you let the children loose out there. One option is to build a fence, but you may have to ask for permission first. Leyland Cypress privacy trees are another good idea, to keep out prying eyes. If you plant them close enough together, you also don’t need to worry about the kids wandering off.

3. Garden Tools

You should always keep your garden tools out of the reach of small hands. They are one of the biggest hazards in the garden, but also one of the most interesting to children. There are plenty of ways you can store your garden tools, depending on how big your backyard is. A locked shed is one of the best options. You can also make your own garden storage if there’s no room for a shed.

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4. Furniture

Every good family friendly backyard should have furniture in it! Where else are people going to sit when you have a garden party? Lots of people forget about the furniture until the last minute. Then it’s a mad dash to find something that will fit the whole family round. Make sure you do your research and measure up the space you have available. You could create benches out of pallets for a cheap and unique option. Alternatively, buy the classic round table and chairs. Complete with parasol for protection from the sun.

5. Fun for the Kids

If you want to encourage your children to play outside more then you need to give them some kind of incentive. Create areas in the garden which are their designated play zones. It doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy. You don’t need to put up a treehouse if you don’t have the space! You could invest in some garden toys or a simple paddling pool. Just something which will let the children know they have their own space. So, go out and play!

This is a great list to print off and keep with you when you’re revamping the family garden. Don’t forget any of the essentials and you’ll all have the perfect summer. In your very own backyard!

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The Ultimate Guide To Hosting The Perfect Garden Party

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A garden party is a great way to reconnect with your friends and family. Inviting people over to enjoy an evening of fine food and drinks gives everyone the chance to catch up. While the weather is still warm, you should take the time to plan a party in your yard. When you are planning a garden party, you should make sure that you keep your stresses low. You can easily get overwhelmed by party planning, and there is no need to do so. Remember, a party should be fun, not hassle. That means that means that it should be fun for you as well as your guests. Enjoy planning the party and try to take things easy. Here is the ultimate guide to planning the perfect garden party.

Who to invite

There is no rule book when it comes to inviting people to a party. You can invite whoever you want as long you have room to host everybody. Don’t fall into the trap of over-inviting people to be polite. Many people invite guests to their party just because they think they should. One thing that will stop you stressing about your party is keeping things simple. Invite people who you want to spend time with and who you like. Nothing could be more simple than that.

Finding the right entertainment

Every party needs entertainment. There is nothing worse than turning up to a party and feeling like there is nothing to do. Make sure that you have entertainment ready for your guests when they turn up. Plan a few party games and consider putting on a film or a sports match. Look online to view outdoor TV enclosures that will protect your TV outside. When people turn up to parties, the first hour can often be awkward. Having something to watch and discuss will help break the ice.

Outside lighting

You should start the party whilst it is still light, in the early evening. When it gets dark, though, you will need to have some lighting options. Paper lamps look incredible at garden parties and will help to serve as part of the decor. Choose a color theme and pick lanterns in that color. Doing so will mean that the yard looks magical when the lights come on. You may also want to wind some fairy lights around a tree or bush to create extra lighting in the yard.

Designing the decorations

Keep the decorations as simple as possible. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on decorating your garden. If you get some paper lanterns, they will be a good start to your decorations. Get a tablecloth in the same color to match the lanterns. Pick one color theme and stick to it throughout the decoration. A few balloons might look nice, but there is no need to go overboard.

Keeping the food simple

Simple food is the key to a successful party. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can cater for the entire party. You can’t make individual meals for all your guests. Instead, lay out some simple finger food on the table so that people can eat whenever they want throughout the party.

Mixing the drinks

Make the drinks a little special for your garden party. Why not look into some Prosecco cocktail recipes? Drinking some gorgeous cocktails in the moonlight is an ideal way to spend an evening with your friends and family. Remember to make some non-alcoholic drinks for people at your party. Some people will be driving to and from your party, and so can’t drink. Often non-drinkers get stuck with water or soda. Instead, make your non-drinking friends some delicious virgin cocktails.

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Garden Update #3

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We started a garden almost 2 weeks ago and things are growing!  Here’s what the garden started out looking like.  We were able to harvest our first fruit today- two blueberries and a strawberry.
P1130500I brought them in the house, washed them, photographed them, and then somehow I threw away the paper towel they were wrapped in.  DOH!  So we didn’t even get to eat the fruits of our labor!
Here’s a peek at how our garden is growing:
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We’ve Started a Garden- And Things Are Sprouting!

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Last week we started a garden.  I didn’t know if I would be able to actually grow anything because I don’t have a green thumb AT ALL, but things are growing!  The only things I am not sure about are the cherry plants.  They still look like sticks but everything else seems to at least be sprouting little leaves.  Please look at my babies below. 😉
The pictures on the left are from last week and the pictures on the right are of the same plant this week.
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Garden Update April 16 number 2I’ll be updating again soon so please make sure to bookmark this post to follow along.
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We’ve Started a Garden!

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Let me start by saying that I do not have a green thumb.  I never have.  I kill plants as soon as I get them.  I do well with pets and kids but I just can’t seem to keep plants alive.  My girls have been asking me for a while if we could start a garden and honestly I was afraid that I would just waste money and kill everything I touched.  Then I saw the blueberry plant offer for $10 and figured I’d give it a try.  While I was ordering the blueberry plants I went all in and also bought strawberry plants, cherry plants, raspberry plants, and banana plants.  When the plants arrived I went to Home Depot to get the soil and other supplies I would need.  As soon as I walked in the door there was a display of potted herbs for $2 each.  It’s like they put that rack right there to welcome me!  I ended up getting 2 types of basil, mint, rosemary, sage, cilantro, and parsley.

I had only planned on getting soil on this trip but my daughter asked if we could pick out some other vegetable and fruits.  We made our way to the fruit and vegetable section and picked out cucumber, cherry tomato, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon,  yellow pepper, and orange pepper plants.  I knew that the plants that I ordered from the blueberry plant offer would take a while to sprout actual fruit because there were all dormant sprouts so I grabbed a blueberry plant and a few strawberry plants that were already starting to sprout so my children could see the literal and figurative “fruits of our labor”.  It’s going to be fun to see which blueberry plant and strawberry plant grows better.  Of course that is only if I don’t kill everything first!
Really I don’t know what I was thinking getting everything at once and not just trying to grow a little something first.  But the ride has begin and I can’t get off now so follow me on my gardening journey.

We planted the herbs, strawberries, and tomato plant in 2 plastic containers and the blueberry plant in the front of our house since it was the biggest plant that we bought.

Above are the rest of the fruits and vegetables that we planted.  I know it doesn’t look like much but in the few days that it has taken me to get this posted I’ve started to see some growth.  Since these photos were taken we’ve added a plastic fence type border to try to deter animals and keep our plants protected.  The herbs and plants in the plastic planters are doing well.  So are the peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honey dew, and watermelon.  It’s too soon to tell how well the once dormant fruits are doing but I am hoping that they are taking root and starting to “wake up”.  Unfortunately the 2 banana plants disappeared.  One looked like it was starting to turn brown and die a few days ago and when I checked tonight both were gone.  I think they both either turned brown, dried up, and died or were washed away during one of the 2 heavy rains we just had.  So no bananas for us.   I’ll update soon so please check back.

If you have any gardening tips, please share them.  Right now I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants.  Luckily my next door neighbor has 2 green thumbs and has given us great tips.

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APRIL 14th UPDATE-  I checked everything out today and everything in the planter boxes look great.  The big blueberry plant looks ok.  A few leaves are a little brown but I think the plant is still hanging in there.  I hope!  The strawberries, cucumbers, and peppers in the ground seem to be doing well, too.  The blueberry and cherry plants look like they are starting to sprout a few leaves.  The cherry plants still look like bare sticks.  LOL  We had to move the cantaloupe, honey dew, and watermelon because I put them in the way of where the landscaping service will have to drive their lawnmower to get to the other side of my house and my backyard. DOH!



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