It’s almost summer time and we’re looking forward to long days, late nights, backyard camping and BBQ dinners. In Canada the outdoor season is brief, and that means we have but a few months to fully enjoy our fun in the sun. That’s what the back yard is all about for me. But I’m not complaining after living in Calgary for years it’s nice to enjoy the slightly longer summer in Toronto.
My kids are 10 and 5 and they love spending time outdoors. They seem to argue less outdoors and I’m not called upon to referee as much. They both love being immersed in nature and we are thankful we don’t have to go far. Our backyard is interesting enough to keep them entertained for a while. That’s why I’m always on the look out interesting activities to get them outdoors. A nature scavenger hunt was our favourite two weeks ago. And last week it was a water gun fight. This week we are focusing on the backyard and gardening with kids is a great way to get their hands dirty.
Gardening with Kids
My 10 year-old has her dream garden list ready, and it starts with building a fairy garden. Yes, a fairy garden. My hubby and I made a miniature garden for the kids’ Lego Friends last year and that was a lot of hard work. Building a hut from balsa wood for the Lego Friends to hang out in needs tools and patience and a lot of adult intervention. Sadly, we didn’t think about making the miniature garden weather-friendly and it wasn’t suitable to bring inside. The first hail storm and you can guess what happened. This year the kids are making the fairy garden in a planter that can be brought indoors at the first sight of stormy clouds.
My younger one, who’s 5, had a visit from folks at the “Scientist in the School program a while back and they talked about bees and the trouble they are facing in Canada and Northern US. At her young age she already understands that pollinators need our help. Happily President’s Choice has developed a series of perennials that are grown without the use of Neonicotinoids – a systemic pesticide. I am glad that bees and butterflies can enjoy these plants without fear of harming their species. And the joy of having a garden filled with beautiful butterflies, that’s just a bonus!
Lastly, the kids wanted to grow some food in the backyard. So strawberries and raspberries here we come. Or perhaps Framberry strawberries, a delicious strawberry that has a sweet, raspberry flavour! At my last trip to the President’s Choice Garden Centre I discovered what I wanted to plant – herbs. Rosemary, lemon verbena and mint have already found their place in my herb planter. And not just any mint but Mojito mint. I’m ready for summer!
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