Friday 9 December 2016

A kid-friendly garden for under €100

Published 04/04/2011 | 05:00

- 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.

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- 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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