In the summer months, when it isn’t raining, the garden can often replace the kitchen as the heart of the family home and quite rightly. A garden is a great place to spend time with your family, young or old, your furry friends and even your friends and relatives when they pop over to visit.

Here are out 7 ways in which you can enjoy the garden with your family and really get the most out of it.

Plant some veg

If you have young children then they will love planting something, seeing it grow and eventually, fingers crossed, having something to harvest. There are a number of veg, and some fruits, that are quite easy to grow in your garden so set aside some room and get planting. You may even find if your children have helped to grow something that they will want to eat it, even though previously they have told you they don’t like it!A greenhouse is a great way to grow fruits and vegetables all year round and also protect plants and herbs from the outside harsh weather elements. Homestead Supplier has greenhouse kits on sale here.

Eat al fresco

There is something rather lovely about eating in the fresh air. Food tastes different, appetites are bigger, and it can be much more relaxing. Not only is eating outside great when you are entertaining visitors, it’s also nice when you have smaller children as there is less worry about any mess that they might make. If you don’t already have an outdoor table and chairs then look at companies who offer a good range like Lazy Susan Garden Furniture, who have an incredible range of styles and sizes to choose from.

Have a barbeque

Not only does everything taste better when you eat in the garden it also tastes better when it is cooked there as well. Get the barbeque out and experiment with some new dishes. Throw some vegetables on there as well and you may be able to get the children to eat them, better still if you make it some of your home grown produce.

Play games

The garden makes a great place to relax with your children and play some games. If you don’t have much space then you may want to stick to a softer ball for football or a swing ball for practising those tennis skills. However, with a little imagination even the smallest garden is great for a little sports practise.

Go on a bug hunt

Challenge yourself to see how many different types of bugs you can find in your garden, and more importantly if you can name them all. If you want to turn this into a more educational activity for children, then you could ask them to draw some pictures or better still make a bug hotel to encourage even more bugs into the garden.

Do some gardening

Children are never too young to learn how to help take care of the garden and there are plenty of age appropriate tasks that they can join in with all year long. Invest in some children sized garden gloves, a mini wheelbarrow and some small tools and show them the ropes. Teach them about the plants and help them to identify the weeds that need to be pulled up. In the winter raking the leaves, and then jumping in the piles, is great fun which even big kids love.

Create a play area

Whilst your children are still young it is well worth considering adding a proper play area to your garden or you can also add a uthradeck composite deck with fencing as kids can go crazy at times. You might want to include a fort of some kind, a swing and maybe a slide if you have room. If you have a really large garden with a substantial sized tree at the bottom, then building a tree house is an activity that the whole family will really enjoy being involved in.

Morgan Wilson

Morgan Wilson, holding a Master's in Horticulture from Cornell University, has been an influential figure in gardening and landscape design for over 15 years. Before this, he worked as a landscape designer and a horticultural therapist. He has provided insights into organic gardening, native landscaping, and urban gardening solutions. Her background includes working in public gardens and environmental education. He is a nature photographer in her spare time and participates in community greening projects. He is also a great birdwatcher and enjoys creating wildlife-friendly garden spaces.

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