How to Make Your Garden Safe and Fun for the Whole Family
Caring for your garden is a great way to get the whole family outdoors and growing together. Whether you are planting flowers for a prom corsage or some delicious veggies for Sunday dinner, your family garden can teach you a lot about nature, biology, and the power of teamwork!
Your little ones may be eager to get their hands dirty, so making sure your garden is safe and kid-friendly should be a top priority. Sturdy, high-quality planters and garden beds will prevent accidental damage to your plants and can help you avoid splinters and other common garden injuries. Keeping your tools organized in a durable and convenient shed will also help keep everyone’s time in the garden as safe, fun, and productive as possible.
Fun, Family-Friendly Plants
Picking some fun, easy-to-grow plants for your garden will help keep the kids engaged! Consider picking some crops that grow quickly, such as snap peas and green beans. Sunflowers are another great option—they sprout quickly, and your kids will love to see them grow taller and taller as the summer goes on. Plus, sunflower seeds are a tasty and healthy snack! Pumpkins are also a great plant for a family-friendly garden. While they do grow slowly, your patience will be rewarded in the fall when you can carve your own home-grown jack-o-lanterns or indulge in some delicious homemade pumpkin pie!
Perfect Your Year-Round Garden
With reliable and weather-resistant storage and planters, you can enjoy homegrown produce (almost!) all year long. In the colder months, you can grow veggies like onions, leeks, kale, and spinach and make a nice hearty stew the whole family will enjoy. You can even use the vegetable scraps to make broth for a true garden-to-table experience! As the temperature turns milder, you will be able to plant some more tender fruits and veggies. Homegrown lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers make for a delicious spring salad you can enjoy in the garden as you watch your flowers bloom! The best times to begin planting your family garden will vary by region, so be sure to read our recent blog on how best to start!