LET NATURE BE THE BABYSITTER
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.