As the Winter months draw in and we pack away the patio furniture, we think ahead to next Spring and all the kids garden ideas we’ve had to turn our vast green nothingness into a family friendly garden.
When we moved in 3 years ago, the back garden was solely turfed and little has changed since, with the exception of a swingset. We want a garden that will meet all our needs now and for the years to come. With a child friendly area for Munch to play, grow her own vegetables and plants and generally just be a child. But we also want the garden to look stylish, be easy to maintain and most of all fit for purpose. Neither me or the hubby are green fingered and the last thing we want to do is end up with a jungle that requires too much maintenance.
Over the summer we made the introduction of a summerhouse, mainly to store Munches toys and also to provide lower ground level storage, as dragging the lawn mower up and down from the garage, which is up 1 level, all summer long is a royal pain. This will also serve as storage for our patio furniture and BBQ over the Winter (again it saves dragging it up to the garage).
As you can see from the photo at the top of the post, alongside the swing set is very much taking shape of a kid friendly area. Plans are to bark this whole section of the garden (possibly even fence this). We were definitely missing something from this section of the garden. After much deliberation, we decided to go for a climbing frame and slide. In the end we opted for a Jungle Gym from Active Gardens.
They currently have an end of range sale on so we managed to get this Jungle Gym for £329 (RRP £460). We loved that it incorporated a slide, sandpit and cubby house. Also, the fact that we can add play modules and accessories to it as time goes by, makes it a great investment. We have already spied a few add ons that Munch would love! This will fit perfectly in the space between the summer house and swingset. Stay tuned for more about the jungle gym when the weather improves.
To finish off the kids area of the garden we wanted to add subtle ideas that would easily fit in with the garden. We saw the following kids garden ideas on pinterest that we love!
With the kids garden ideas covered, it’s now for the stylish garden element! Our budget isn’t bottomless and hubby will be doing most of the work, so it needs to be easy to execute. As I said we have been pinning like mad! It would be impossible to share all our ideas, so here is a quick look at our board so far. Do have a look if you get the chance and let us know what you think.
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To keep the rest of the garden easy to maintain, we will install double height raised beds down either side of the garden. We love the white rendered versions, but not sure how easy that would be to do. Initially these will be stoned/slated on top with a few focal pieces and pots added over time to keep the initial investment down. The aim being to plant these when we have collected enough.
We will also run a decked area out from one of the french doors, to be used as a BBQ and seating area. Now that the weather has turned for the worst, we’ll be keeping an eye out for a deal on a rattan furniture set. We have both loved these since we first went to the Maldives in 2007.
When then weather improves, we will make a start and keep you posted on our progress. Until then, I’m sure we’ll continue to pin our kids garden ideas!