Landscaping your property can provide a lot more than simple scenery. It also boosts the value of your home, provides potential energy savings, and privacy. Among real estate professionals, landscaping is known as “curb appeal.” Adding “curb appeal” to your home can be an enjoyable and fun experience for all members of the family, including children.
Having your child assist you in every step of the gardening process is a great way to build their confidence and teach them the values of strong work ethic, dedication, and perseverance. Gardening with your children provides you the opportunity to bond with them while, at the same time, adding potential value to your home by creating “curb appeal.”
It is important to remember that there are certain plants and flowers which are difficult to maintain, even for the most experienced gardeners. Choose plants and accessories that will make gardening fun, enjoyable, and relatively simplistic, while also adding colour and value to your home. Many kinds of perennial flowers, for example, require little maintenance and are quite visually appealing. An example of one such perennial is an Anemone. This flower blooms in a variety of colours, including bright pink, and is fragrant, easy to grow, and deer resistant. Anemones require full or partial sun exposure, meaning even condo owners with balconies can garden these flowers!
Another example of a flower which is relatively self-sufficient is the Rudbeckia or, as it is more commonly known, the Black-eyed Susan. This bright yellow flower is very easy to maintain and attracts butterflies, bees, and birds, which, if your little gardener has a love of nature, will be sure to indulge their curiosity.
Not all young gardeners reside in homes with back or front yards, but there are also lots of opportunities for apartment dwellers to add “balcony appeal” to their units. Flowers like Day Lilies, technically known as Hemerocallis, do well in shaded areas and require little care or attention. They usually come in shades of yellow and orange and, due to their tightly knit growing nature, often block out unwanted weeds! If that isn’t a win-win situation, what is?
If you have a picky eater on your hands and, let’s face it, most kids are, a great way to encourage them to eat their vegetables is to have them grow them! Some examples of vegetables which add greenery to your garden and are relatively easy to grow are radishes, potatoes, carrots, spinach, and beetroot. This gardening experiment is sure to get kids excited and motivated, as there’s nothing quite like literally consuming the fruits (or, in this case, vegetables) of your labour.
If you’re looking for a way to become more active with your children, to indulge their curiosity and teach them lifelong values and, in the meantime, add value to your home, a simple garden is a great place to start. For more information on how to create a children’s garden and become more involved with your kids, visit www.kidsgardening.org.