A kid-friendly garden for under €100
- Raised beds can be created with just a circle of timber edging, some compost and a few vegetable plants or you can buy DIY kits containing planks, soil and seeds -- €30.
- Blackboard paint applied to a garden wall will get kids out with their chalk -- €10.
- Bird feeders, because children get such a kick out of feeding the birds -- €5.
- Wind chimes can create a sensory part of the garden -- €20.
- Plant sunflower seedlings together to make a sunflower house as they grow up -- €2.
- Spread a couple of bags of play bark to encourage jumping and break falls -- €20.
- If you have a tree -- use it. Ikea have rope ladders for €12 and lots of other inexpensive bits and pieces.
Living willow huts
Here's how to make a living willow hut, according to garden designer Mary Reynolds.
"To make a living willow structure mark out the shape on the ground -- eg a circle. Then stick some flexible poles at 12-inch intervals around the circle. Next insert living willow rods in between the poles and tie together with string, creating the dome. Plant by April and water regularly till established."
A great document with clear instructions for living willow construction can be found at http://tinyurl.com/willowhuts
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