A well-kept garden is a breathtaking sight that is great for the body, soul and mind offering assuagement and relaxation. Family gardens are no different and are in fact productive to infuse strength, flexibility and confidence in your kids and other family members. Here are a few ways how you can get the most out of a brilliant family garden.
Engage Your Family When Planning For The Garden
Planning for your family garden is the essence of a thriving green space that churns great harvest. Engage your entire family especially kids in deciding the garden design, furniture like seats, swings & arbors, vegetables & flowers, pest management, and harvest schedule. Discuss the essentials with the family and devise a complete plan using vibrant and useful props like scissors, crayons, pencils, pictures of flowers & vegetables, old magazines, paper and scales. Ask the kids to create a catalog with pictures and a garden layout on paper, and paste their selection on it. This way you have a brilliant family garden with the kind of flowers you want for the center table and the vegetables you love eating.
Create Your Individual Plant Markers
Each plant should have an individual label or marker so that it can easily be identified in a well-organized green area. Work with the kids to design labels for each flower and vegetable using paint, markers or even pictures pasted on a flat rock, cardboard, stick or a mini-blind to be used as garden tags.
Provide Every Family Member With A Personal Garden Space
Give each kid or family member his or her own garden space so that they can grow their favorite plants and take care of them the best way possible. Divide the large green space into smaller manageable sections each allocated to a family member. Such a strategy also comes handy when there is less planting time and area. Whether your kids grow a colorful raised planter, use nursery pots or an old bucket to plant flowers, it’ll be great to see a cornucopia of beds in the family garden with different species and colors.
Create Mulched Perimeter, Pathways
Make it a habit to secure the garden with a protective layer to keep pets, babies and unwanted intruders away from the plants. Use strong but fun materials like decorative mulched pathways, stylish timber covering or voguish tiny pickets to define boundaries of your garden and the different sections within it. Create slightly raised garden beds as they help in accurate contouring of the green space.
Grow Quick-maturing Plants
When planning for the type of vegetables and plants to grow, factor in the burgeoning rate for different species and then impanel the selection accordingly. Vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, radishes and cookies tend to mature quick and grow fast compared to watermelon and tomatoes that grow at a slower rate. This way, there will always be something fresh, ripe and delicious in the garden to include for a great family dinner or a healthy lunch.
Careful Pest Management
Teach your kids about the harmful effects of pests and how to best maintain the plants in their individual space. Schedule a proper pest management strategy and use a proper pesticide to keep the bugs that might harm your plants away. Avoid adding a lot to your garden as overfertilization can damage the garden beds and its harvest. Make use of a safe & good fertilizer such as Milorganite to provide plants the required nourishment. Ask your kids to clean the garden carefully on a regular basis, looking for any weed and removing it properly to flay any risks of these ‘things’ eating away your precious plants and hard work.