We make a colorful children's flower bed with a child
Kids in their own garden find not only a playground for games and a whole magical realm of forms, colors and aromas, but also the opportunity to join adults and learn how to grow plants, observe their development and change. For those who often have children on the site, the best way to introduce kids to garden art is to propose creating your own flower garden or garden. The chance to create an amazing flowerbed with your own hands is also a great temptation for children. Not all variants of decorative compositions are suitable for kids. After all, you need to think about safety, and about the impatience inherent in children, and about the simple care of plants.
What can a child's flower bed teach a child?
A garden for a child is a kingdom of magical colors, sounds and aromas; a world full of joy and life. In the garden, kids can get acquainted with plants and insects, animals and birds, see the world in all its colorful diversity. And there is no way to better know the garden and its purpose than to create a small colorful flowerbed yourself. Through caring for their own flower garden, children learn discipline and become accustomed to work, learn the dependence of plants on their masters, gain practical skills on the ground, and learn to better understand the world around them.
Of course, the chance to learn the shades and shapes of the plant world, to learn something new for yourself, to observe the development of plants, to develop children's motor skills is also important. But at the heart of the practice of teaching a child to work on the site is still a careful attitude to nature and an understanding of the relationships that underlie our world.
The main goal of flower beds for children is to make the learning process fun and interest the child. It should be interesting, vibrant, funny, joyful and diverse - as attractive and special as possible.
For the flower garden, which will be taken care of by the child, it is important not only correctly selected plants. Practicality, small size, interesting shape, ease of maintenance, accessibility of the facility, the ability to do with the simplest equipment, attractive colors - all these aspects should be considered when planning a children's flower bed.
The color palette is very important. A children's flower bed should be cheerful, optimistic, bring a smile and seem a motley collection of bright garden stars, which you will never tire of admiring. On the flower garden, which the child will look after, there is no place for fawn and boring shades, monophonic and pastel solutions. Simple, clear and vibrant tones are the best choice. Red and orange, yellow and blue, white and candy pink - all the colors on the flower bed should shine. Of course, in choosing a color scheme, it is better to trust the tastes of your child. If a child is closer to any one color, then a monochrome flower garden will be in this case also more than appropriate.
Practical nuances of a children's flower garden
The flowerbed, which they plan to create with the child, is broken in sunny, cozy, warm areas. Do not hide it in a far corner - the flower garden is arranged so that it can be quickly reached and easily approached. Preferred such platforms on a hill. The choice of the place itself, if the size of the garden allows, it is better to let the child do it himself (or offer him at least a few alternative options). Most often, children's flower beds are placed at the playground, recreation area or on the lawn. The flowerbed is broken so that it can be circumvented from all sides.
The shape of the flower bed can be chosen by the baby himself, but its dimensions are better controlled. The flower garden for children does not have to be large and bulky: it is a mini-flower bed, sufficient for experiments, but easily covered by the eye. Work on the flower garden should not exhaust or turn into a routine. It is best to choose a strict and fun shape - not just a simple square, circle, triangle, but also a snail, butterfly, bird, toy car, any silhouette that your child will like.
A few more points to consider when designing a flower garden for a child:
- A beautiful border or a small fence, wattle fence, decorative edging around. You should not use expensive fences: simple and colorful plastic fences will look no worse. Of course, you can always work with a child with a brick or stones, but here you need to take into account the age and wishes of the child himself.
- Dig the soil at the site of the future flowerbed yourself and make it easier to work with children's tools, but do not break the flowerbed without a baby and do not remove all rhizomes, stones and weeds - you will finish the finishing touches with the child.
If desired, in the arrangement of the flower garden, you can find many educational opportunities. Study the orientation of the parts of the world with a compass, try to break the flowerbed strictly from north to south, play geometry - the possibilities are, in fact, limited only by your imagination. Of course, real and exciting learning will begin while working with plants. Ranking from high to low, following a simple and outlined planting pattern, exercising in even rows of sowing and creating patterns when planting seedlings open up so many interesting possibilities.
If you decide to introduce the child to gardening, stock up on a special set of children's tools. Mini shovel, chopper, rake (usually with a removable handle) are included in the standard sets. In the work on the flower garden, the child will also need gloves, an apron, special shoes, a watering can, a bucket, a scoop. Choose bright colors and turn even a chore into a game.
There is nothing complicated in the process of creating a flower garden:
- Start with the contours, with the help of bright twine, outline the boundaries of the future flowerbed.
- Even if the soil is in perfect condition, help the baby dig and fluff it, explain how to choose weeds and pebbles.
- Carefully level the soil with the child on the future flower garden.
- Fill the flower bed with plants, moving from perennials to seedlings and crops and from the center of the flower garden to its edges. Individual pits and grooves for sowing, accurate digging of plants and sparse sowing of seeds - everything is worth explaining and demonstrating with an example.
- Water the plantings together and be sure to place pegs or flags that indicate where which plant was sown or planted. Simple pegs or strips painted with bright paint and signed by the baby himself will complement the look of the flowerbed and give it additional charm.
- Do not rush to throw away empty packages. If the baby wants, keep a flower garden diary together, write down important information and stick pictures of those flowers that should grow on it. It will help to keep in memory all the moments of work on the flowerbed and the family photo report.
If there is no desire to break up a separate flowerbed just for games, or if there is simply not enough space in the garden, a flower garden for children can be equipped with a mobile, portable version. A large container or flower girl will allow you to play with self-growing plants and study them no worse than a full-fledged flower garden in open soil. But this option will require more careful care of the plants. Caring for the flowerbed can be turned into a real adventure. Weeding, watering, loosening the soil or using bright decorative mulch will allow not only to accustom the child to garden art, but also to teach discipline. A little care, explanation, encouragement, fun and laughter will help maintain interest in the flower bed, even among the most restless. After all, a reward in the form of a flower or a desire to become an exemplary gardener is so seductive.
The choice of plants for a children's flower garden
Plants for the flower bed, which will be taken care of by the child, can be chosen from among perennials, but annuals should always dominate it. Colorful, blooming all season, easy to care, plants that can be grown from a seed - the best entertainment and decoration of the flower garden.
They consider optimal such a strategy that combines something permanent with seasonal on the flowerbed. Some of the pilots are sown with the child, allowing him to enjoy the process of growing flowering bushes from the seeds, some are bought in the form of seedlings so that you do not have to wait too long for small shoots to appear on an empty flower garden. And in the "heart" of the flower garden are placed several perennials - fragrant, bright, healthy, and sometimes tasty, which will give the flower garden solidity and will remain even the next year.
The traditional flower garden has three simplified versions:
- The flower garden is only from seedlings sown directly into the soil.
- Flower garden only from seedlings of summers.
- Flowerbed of corms.
Among the bulbs, there are few plants that can bloom in the year of planting, so the choice is not so simple. Great digging cultures stored in winter outside the soil will come to the rescue - dahlias, gladiolus and Co - plants with bright flowering that can be planted with a child, and then watch how amazing plants with unique inflorescences begin to grow from corms and roots.
But such a flower garden is still not so interesting, and gladioli with dahlias are better to simply add to a small children's flower garden, and not create a flower bed only from them. If the child likes to engage in his own flower garden, with the advent of autumn, plant tulips, crocuses, daffodils and other bulbous flowers along with him, which in spring will delight the first flowers and arrange a real beauty parade.
Perennial plants are selected from among the "safe", undemanding and preferably useful plants. Peppermint, lemon balm, catnip, lofant, the leaves of which can be used for tea, sage, oregano with their unpretentiousness, purges so nice to the touch, colorful and fragrant irises, cornfields, phloxes and daylilies opening flowers for just one day are one of the best candidates.
Time is the main thing in a flower garden for children. Patience is something that you definitely should not count on when planning a separate flower bed, which the child will look after. Quick results and obvious successes, the ability to observe the fruits of their labors in the shortest possible time will help not only to keep interest in plants, but also to really captivate kids with gardening and plants. Therefore, among the selection criteria for seasonal plants, along with the most important decorative parameters, those that save time are also distinguished. The main selection criteria include:
- bright color;
- fragrance or interesting building details;
- ease of cultivation;
- early flowering, short growing season;
- the duration and abundance of flowering;
- low maintenance, drought tolerance and the ability to miss care.
Among the annuals for planting, usually choose such plants that can be sown in the soil as soon as the weather allows and at the same time not wait too long for the flowering to begin. Absolute favorites - Mattiola, Lavater, morning glory, cosmea, decorative sunflowers, marigolds, eshsoltsiya, calendula, cornflowers, dahlias, asters, zinnias.
In the form of seedlings, you can buy any plant, with the exception of poisonous ones, including petunias, lobelia, zinnias, bright pansies - any candidate that the child likes is perfect. There will be a place on a children's flower bed with a small support or wattle and cheerful climbing plants - from sweet peas to decorative pumpkins. Bright canopies of nasturtium with its fragrant leaves always attract attention. You can create a flower bed for children from one species of annual plants, for example, from variegated varieties of mixtures of zinnia or cosmea.
Choosing plants for a flower bed is always better with your child. Go to the garden center or to the market for seedlings and to the seed store for bags of colorful summer leaves - and let your baby decide what he wants to grow.
When selecting species, make sure that plants are diverse. Different shapes, sizes, types of inflorescences, flowering periods, the ability to attract insects and animals - a variety of flyers can be used for botany lessons.
Poisonous garden plants are dangerous not only contacts, such as aconite or wrestler. After all, there are such cultures that will entice kids with their berries and fruits similar to berries. Eucalyptus, privet, rhododendron, boxwood, lily of the valley, dyushenya - there are many types of plants that have no place in the garden where children play. And in the selection of crops for a children's flower bed, it is worth following the general rules for choosing plants. The most reliable guideline is edible flowers. Marigolds and calendula, violets and cornflowers, they are not only beautiful, but also useful. They can be collected to decorate desserts and festive dishes.
Additional decor on the flowerbed for children
To work on the flowerbed was more fun, and to create a special atmosphere, in the design of such flower beds it is worth recalling funny garden accessories. An old boot in which you can plant a plant, cute gnomes and animals, and old dishes will add some unique features to the flower garden. Show your child that garden design is fun, do not be afraid to use paint and household items to make the flower garden unique and bright.