Since cutting down the hedge and tree we have been discussing what we want to do with our garden now that there’s more light – actually, we have been discussing it since we moved in, but now it’s getting a little more serious! We want a garden fit for a toddler, for it to be suitable for Oliver to play and grow as well as for us to be able to entertain and grow some of our own food, but we are a long way off yet.
|A trampoline surrounded by branches and leaves|
There were a few things that we decided that we need:
- A vegetable patch – to teach Oliver where food comes from and how to grow and look after vegetables – not to mention saving money because we buy so many vegetables from the supermarket.
- Fruit trees – Oliver absolutely loves fruit, I can’t wait for him to be able to pick his own from his own trees.
- Wild Flowers – because they’re pretty, and to teach Oliver about bees and why they’re important (and not scary).
- Garden Seating – to have a sociable garden, our current (inherited) bench is rotting and splintering, so we need seating that’s suitable for adults and children and an outdoor dining area for barbecues. We need plenty of seats for our large extended family and varied friendship groups.
- A BBQ area – a set area to BBQ where Oliver knows that he shouldn’t go because of the heat, with space for a prep area too.
- A playhouse/tree house – we haven’t yet cut down the main trunk of the tree, we can’t decide whether to build a tree house from it or get/build a playhouse for Oliver.
- Habitat for wildlife – Bird boxes, bee hotels etc, giving wildlife a secure place and teaching Oliver about it.
|Oliver really enjoyed seeing this frog amongst the branches|
|I can’t wait for Oliver to be able to enjoy the garden once again without falling over branches and rubble|