A gardening kid is a happy kid because they take pride in their work and they have the opportunity to learn a new hobby while mom shows them some extra attention …
Mother And Daughter Gardening
If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend time with your daughter, why not garden? You’ll find gardening one of the most fun ways to spend quality time with a child who is just starving for mom’s undivided attention. A gardening kid is a happy kid because they take pride in their work and they have the opportunity to learn a new hobby while mom shows them some extra attention.
Mothers and daughters are usually close their entire life. It is the one relationship which can be the healthiest relationship in a child’s life. Mothers and daughters who garden together often start when the child is a young one and carries them both throughout life. Gardening is a time when moms will find out their daughter’s little secrets and gardening is a time when big lifetime plans can be made.
You will find you enjoy shopping together for gardening gloves, gardening tools and seeds or anything else you may need to plant your garden. If you make your gardening home fun for your child, then she will eventually come home to help you with your garden just when she needs one on one time with her mom and you’ll know you started a tradition which will carry you throughout life.
When you begin to garden with your child, ask her what she wants to plant. Does she want a rose garden, an herbal garden or a large vegetable garden? Most mothers and daughters find they can spend more time talking over their plants and greenery if they stick to flower gardening. You’ll probably like that a lot more than vegetable gardening.
Once you decide to take up a mother and daughter garden, study your gardening options online and then together decide how you want it to look. Then begin your shopping for gardening tools and supplies then wait for a beautiful day to begin!
Many leaders feel unsure about working with children in the garden. However, if a few simple rules and procedures are followed this is a safe and rewarding activity.
Things to remember In advance:
- Confirm local health and safety considerations with LEA.
- Carry out a risk assessment, including health and safety measures.
- Ensure that there is a safe area to work in.
- Ensure that an appropriate ratio of supervising adults will be present.
On the Day:
- Check the area again on the day of the activity to make sure there have been no changes, or any new hazards.
- Do a safety talk and demonstration for both children and assisting adults before the activity starts. This should set boundaries and ensure the safe use of equipment.
- Make sure health and safety measures are in place.
- Ask the children to be careful when using any gardening tools – with regard to themselves and others around them.
- Monitor the activity as it takes place to ensure that it continues to run safely.
- Make sure that children wash their hands immediately after the activity and before eating or drinking.
- Ensure that the children who take part have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
All children love butterfly, in the article we will talk about how to make a Butterfly Garden, which plants will butterfly like and also food for caterpillars.
Butterflies are amongst our most attractive wild creatures and we are lucky to have over fifty different types in Britain. Attract them with nectar rich flowers like verbena, scabious and sedum. Go for simple flowers plants that easy for butterflies to get nectar. Avoid double-flowered varieties of plants which may have no nectar. Many cottage garden flowers are suitable. Many butterflies have become rarer due to the loss of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and woodlands in the countryside. Pesticide and herbicide sprays have also taken their toll. With a bit of thought and some careful planning, you can help reverse this decline by making a butterfly garden. Not all the diff erent types of butterfly will visit, as most have special requirements, but you should be able to attract the more common varieties. If you are lucky they may even decide to breed!
Creating a garden
Aim of the garden
• Attract butterflies by creating a new wildlife habitat
• See how different species are attracted to different plants
• Discover how different species are attracted to different plants
• Sheltered, sunny area in your school grounds
• Planters (if you do not have bare soil)
• Plants (see below)
• Gardening tools (spade, trowel, gloves and watering can)
• Appropriate outdoor clothing
Creating a garden over the summer months
Careful planning could provide you with butterflies from late spring through to October. From the point of view of wildlife, native species are the most valuable. Initially you will need to plant flowers to attract butterflies and then retain them with plants that provide their food for their caterpillars. Purple, pink and mauve flowering plants are irresistible to butterflies in the late summer and autumn. Butterflies love buddleia although it is not native so you may wish to plant sedum or the Michaelmas daisy. Another good bushy plant is the many hybrids of hebe which have naturalised to our climate
Attracting butterflies to feed
Many butterflies are highly mobile. They will find their way into almost any garden or wildlife area, and will stay if there is something to keep them. What they need is sugar-rich nectar from flowers. To attract them, you need to plant a selection of suitable flowers to provide as much food for as many kinds of butterfly as possible. Butterflies are on the wing from March to October, so provide a good mixture of plants that will flower throughout the spring and summer. Just choose a selection from the list. Make sure you have enough of each type of flower to make a visible display and to give a strong enough scent to attract butterflies to your area. If you only have a small amount of space, concentrate on planting the most highly recommended butterfly plants. Also, remember butterflies love warmth and shelter, so make sure your display of flowers is situated in a suitable sun trap, out of the wind.
Aubret a – Aubretia deltoides *
Honesty – Linaria annua
Primroses – Primula vulgaris *
Sweet rocket – Hesperis matronalis *
Sweet violet – Viola odorata
Wallflower – Cheiranthus cheirii
Yellow alyssum – Alyssum saxatile
Mignonette – Reseda odorata
Lavender – Lavandula spicata *
Buddleia – Buddleia davidii *
Hebe – Hebe x franciscana (Blue Gem)*
Valerian – Centranthus ruber *
Marjoram – Origanum off icinale *
Catmint – Nepeta mussinii *
Knapweed – Centaurea nigra *
Thyme – Thymus drucei *
Heliotrope – Heliotropium x hybridum
Annual chrysanthmum – Chrysanthemum carinatum
Thrift -Armeria mariti ma
Petunia – Petunia x hybrida
Cornflower- Centaurea cyanus
Teasel – Dispacus fullonum
Globe-thistle – Echinops sphaerocephalus *
Ice plant – Sedum spectabile *
Michaelmas daisy – Aster novi-belgii *
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis
Winter savory – Satureia montana
Helenium – Helenium autumnale
Sweet scabious – Scabiosa atropurpurea *
Goldenrod – Solidago virgaurea
Petunia – Petunia x hybrida
* Most highly recommended as these have very nectar-rich flowers
Planting up the Garden
Designing your butterfly garden
When you are planting up your butterfly garden make sure all the plants will have as much sunlight as possible. The best way to do this is to plant the tallest, shrubby plants at the back and the smallest at the front.
Plants and flowers in brief
Early flowers, such as aubreti, are especially useful for feeding newly woken butterflies in early spring. Honesty and sweet rocket will help to fill a flowering gap during April and May. Later flowering species such as red valerian, thyme and lavender will attract many butterflies during the midsummer months. Sedum, commonly called Ice plant, is very popular with butterflies in the late summer. In the autumn, Michaelmas daisy and goldenrod can give hibernating butterflies, such as the peacock, a last chance to stock up with nectar before hibernating. Buddleia, aptly named the ‘butterfly bush’, is superb for attracting butterflies. Its flowering can be prolonged by cutting the flower heads off after flowering.
Persuading butterflies to breed
Attracting butterflies to breed is more complicated than attracting them to feed. This is because the female butterfly is choosy about the types of plants on which she will lay her eggs – different caterpillars like to eat different types of plants. You can attract the most common butterflies to breed by planting their favourite food plants. Just Select food plants for the butterflies that you want from the list.
The easiest group to attract are the nettle feeders. Try to site the nettle patch in a sunny, sheltered position. Plant the nettles in an old tub buried in the ground to stop them from spreading and causing a nuisance. Small tortoiseshells prefer young nettle growth, so cut down part of your nettle patch in late June or early July (removing any caterpillars first) to allow the next generation of butterflies to use the regrowth.
If you have a lawn you can leave some areas of grass unmown or establish a wildflower meadow
Changing your habits
Many of the pesticides which are designed to kill garden pests will also kill caterpillars and butterflies, so think twice before you use them. Dilute household detergent is effective against greenfly and blackfly, and is believed not to affect butterflies or caterpillars.
Food for Caterpillars
Here are some of the plants which caterpillars need to feed on. Planting these will help establish the garden by providing the food source to sustain caterpillars after the butterflies have bred, making this a permanent habitat for butterflies.
|Grasses including meadow grass, false brome, cocksfoot and Yorkshire fog|
|Large and small white||Wild and cultivated cabbages|
|Green-veined white Orange tip||Lady’s smock, hedge garlic and hedge mustard|
|Brimstone||Alder buckthorn and purging buckthorn|
|Common Blue||Bird’s foot trefoil|
|Holly Blue||Holly, Ivy|
• Learn about British insects and plants
• Generate data from butterfly and caterpillar numbers to use in science lessons
• Use the garden as a resource to create art about butterflies, caterpillars, plants and other wildlife
• Write stories about butterflies and plants
• Enjoy the garden by observing all the wildlife it attracts
• Create a wildlife pond in your school
• Encourage butterfly conservation at home
• Learn about composting
There are many plants for indoor and outdoor cultivation that produce results in a remarkably short time. these make an ideal basis for the children’s garden. With guidance, children can be amused for hours from a plot of land that is set apart for there own use.
Making a garden
Where there is space for a children’s garden outdoor, the job of preparing the ground should be done in the spring. First the planning and laying out. During the winter, when the ground is unworkable it is a good time to draw a plan of the garden. The position of the flower beds, lawns, paths and rocks, can be marked in different colours. Find out which plants like shade, which like the sun and position them in the beds accordingly. A rock garden for instance, should always be in a sheltered but bright corner.
A children’s garden doesn’t always have to be a simple vegetable or flower bed, though many young gardeners take pride in just such a garden.
If space is limited, it is still possible for children to cultivate a miniature garden, a window-box placed on the ground floor window-ledge. Even an old biscuit tin can become the basis for a garden if a few holes are punched in the bottom for drainage.
It is very interesting to see how quickly a fruit pip will produce a miniature tree. Plant the pip of an orange, lemon, grape-fruit or pomegranate 1/4 inch deep in a pot full of good garden soil, and keep the post warm and dark e.g. in an airing cupboard, until the first shoot appears. Then put it on a sunny window sill. Water the plant well then transplant it into a larger pot when it has grown 3-4 leaves. Plants grown from pips indoors will never become large enough to bear fruit, but they make very attractive house pants.
The stone needs to be planted rather more deeply than the pips described, and the soil should be watered as soon as it starts to look dry.
Growing a plant from an avocado stone. Put some newspapers in the bottom of a jam jar fill the jar with water and balance the stone of an avocado in the neck of the jar sot hat the larger end of the stone just touches the water. Leave the jar in the airing cupboard for three or four weeks and bring it into the daylight when the first shoot appears. Roots will have grown down into the water by now, and the avocado should be planted in John Innes potting compost in a 5 inch pot. It may be necessary to break the jam jar to remove the plant for potting up, because the seed will probably fill the neck of the jar.
It is easy to make a pretty and unusual gain by growing the tips of root vegetables. A carrot top for instance, will produce a mass of beautiful fern like leaves within a few days, cut the top off a carrot, leaving 1/4 inch of the root and 1/4 inch of the leaf stem. Stand the carrot leaf stump uppermost, in the caucer of water, and leave it on a sunny window sill. Keep the saucer filled with water, and the carrots will sprout very quickly.
Other root vegetables can be treated in the same way, e.g. beetroot, parsnips and turnip tops grown together make an attractive and colourful mix of leaves. Put a layer of clans pebbles at the bottom of a shallow bowl and stand the root toops on the layer of pebbles. Half fill the bowl with water and put it on a sunny window sill, adding more water when necessary. Pineapple tops will also sprout quite quickly. Choose a fresh pineapple top with a good solid growing top, allow it to dry for a few days, and then plant it in a bowl of garden soil mixed with sand. Keep it in a warm place and do not give it too much water.
There is nothing more delicious than the sound of children’s laughter coming from a sunny garden. Whether they’re bouncing on a trampoline, playing imaginary games in a tree house or looking for newts in a pond, children all benefit from an outdoor space that is geared to their needs.
The perfect child’s garden should have somewhere to play, somewhere to hide and somewhere to explore and learn about the world. Naturally, it must also be safe. For advice.
Fortunately, it is possible to have a child-centred garden that also looks good. There are plenty of attractive outdoor toys on the market that blend in with their surroundings and won’t offend the grown-ups in the family. Here are some essential ingredients.
If you’re planning a kid’s garden from scratch, top of the list is water. Despite its obvious dangers, water is a rewarding and enriching play medium. If you have the space, a pond is ideal, although there are obvious safety issues – if you have small children, you will need a low picket fence around the pond to protect them, and you must teach them the hazards of water. If space is limited, fit an outdoor tap and hosepipe for paddling pools and water slides.
Gardening for fun
Kids can also get pleasure from gardening itself, so establish a patch of ground that is their own. Help them dig the soil over, give them a few packets of seed and see their faces light up as they watch ‘their’ plants grow. Try sweet peas – they’re easy to grow and kids love watching the stem of the plant unravel and training itself around a cane, and the flowers are a child’s delight of color and sweet smells. Sunflowers are good too, as they grow tall and have amusing ‘faces’.
Vegetables are also rewarding – children are enchanted when they dig up the earth and discover a treasure trove of potatoes beneath. If you have a warm window sill, or better still a greenhouse, let them have a go with something exotic like a red pepper. Or try fruit bushes and raspberry canes – they are relatively low maintenance (they just need a little weeding and netting from the birds) and give a child the thrill of eating treats straight from the plant.
Always keep tools and garden chemicals out of reach of small hands.
Outdoor toys such as swings and climbing frames can lead to falls, so it’s vital to have a safe surface below any fixture.
If you have a sand pit, cover it when it’s not in use to keep the local cats out. Worm your pets regularly to avoid exposing your children to potentially dangerous parasites.
Ponds and small children don’t mix – replace an open pond with a safe water feature or fit a safety grill.
Be aware which plants are poisonous in your garden. Yew, foxglove, daphne and laburnum are obvious examples that should be avoided. Spiky plants and plants with thorns can also cause damage.