LET NA­TURE BE THE BABYSIT­TER

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There’s a fine line be­tween cre­at­ing a gar­den where na­ture is the fo­cus and one that is sim­ply over­run by plants.

If you can find that in-be­tween sweet spot, you’re on to a win­ner, says Steve Webb. He al­lows the sea­sons to dic­tate his out­door spa­ces and the nat­u­ral pro­cesses to ex­ist rather than over-man­i­cur­ing.

“I try to make the plants the fo­cus of the gar­den and use na­ture as a play thing. Think of a tree that dou­bles as a climb­ing struc­ture that can pro­vide shade and also gives fruit,” he says. “It’s great for kids to be able to ex­plore through their senses, like ar­eas where they can see, pick, taste and smell plants — and not get into trou­ble.

“Scale is also im­por­tant when plan­ning for kids. Think about things such as step­ping stones, a looped path­way, bridges and tun­nels made from branches and vines grow­ing over­head.”

Steve says this kind of yard is per­fect for grow­ing kids as they can safely ex­plore fur­ther from the back door as they get older and find pri­vacy in hid­den nooks.

This gar­den space from Ed­i­ble Kids Gar­dens in­te­grates herbs and marigolds into the gen­eral gar­den space.

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