of the Week for 26th September
By Lynn Kirkland
Holidays and garden activities are a perfect combination especially in
Creating a garden is fun and can be at a very low cost especially after the storm a couple of months back providing plenty of wood to create homes for elves, fairies, gnomes or little garden creatures.
Books are a wonderful resource of ideas and inspiration and we are blessed to have such wonderful libraries here in the Manawatu.
Herbs combine perfectly with these imaginative gardens as they grow easily and the plants can be chosen for their properties of fragrance or touch or for teas or simple first aid needs.
Keep it simple is the best idea as most children like quick results and a garden that is fun to create and fun to use will inspire them and hopefully make them gardeners for the rest of their lives.
The list of possible herbs is huge so to help those who have no idea where to start here is my thoughts on a garden project that can be made in a few hours.
Herbs to buy or get cuttings of are: Roman chamomile to make a sweet smelling little lawn. This herb smells of apples or bubble gum according to comments I have heard from kids and when the scent is released it creates a relaxation effect.
Peppermint and or lemon balm are fast growing herbs which make delicious teas that kids enjoy sweetened with honey. Lemon balm makes you feel happy and peppermint soothes tummies.
Lavender is lovely as kids can pick the fragrant flowers to tie in a bunch and keep by the bed as a sleep helper. Be sure to get old fashioned English type lavender not a stoechas type as these smell of camphor and do not induce a relaxation effect.
Add some little heartsease pansies as children love the little faces on these herbs and they are edible flowers.
This would make a lovely first herb garden with rocks and pieces of wood with little seated areas or hiding places for the little inhabitants that children choose to place in their garden.
Have fun and enjoy the joy of creating a garden with your children.