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How To Create A Kid-Friendly Garden In Your Backyard

by Cindy Poulsen Real Estate 01/18/2019

Whether it's for your children or grandchildren starting a kid-friendly garden is a rewarding activity for everyone. It’s a great hobby to enjoy together and a wonderful learning experience for you both.

Start by sectioning off a piece of your yard or garden just for them. If you already have a garden or plan on starting one of your own this will allow your child to have a space of their own and protect your more advanced plants from their inexperience. They will love to have a corner for themselves! Allow them to do as they please here and decorate it as they wish.

When putting their garden together don’t make all the decisions for them. Allow them to pick out which plants to grow and/or where they will be planted. Help them choose from plants they are already familiar with or to create a themed garden such as a pizza, rainbow or alphabetical garden. Herbs and edible flowers make for an exciting sensory experience and make great additions to a child-friendly garden.

After choosing what to plant start with your seedlings indoors. Now is a great time to start educating them about the growing process, what to expect and what their role in helping their new plants grow will be. Visit the library together to check out some books all about gardening. Children’s educational books with lots of bright, colorful pictures and easy to read words will help them feel like this really is their project and responsibility to learn about.

If choosing potted plants take them with you and teach them the signs of a healthy plant. Allowing them to choose which plant to take home will create excitement and ownership over the gardening process.

Assign your child age-appropriate tasks for caring for their garden and assist them where needed. As much as it is their garden they will need your help to keep it alive and thriving. This could be planting the initial seedlings, weekly watering, or regular weeding. And be sure to include them when it comes time to harvest all of your hard work together!

Keep the learning process and excitement alive with activities to track the progress of their garden. Consider helping them start a plant journal where they can track color, growth or draw depictions of their plants. You could also keep a photo record of your child standing next to the plant each week to track its growth in a fun, visual way.

Gardening is an enriching, relaxing and educational pastime for adults and children alike. Spend quality time with your child by helping them start a garden of their very own, even if it's just a small corner of your own prized garden. Reap the rewards!

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Cindy Poulsen Real Estate

Hello! I'm Cindy Poulsen and I'd love to meet you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, I would love to be an advocate for you and turning your home ownership goals into reality. I'd love to put my real estate experience to work for you!

I decided to get into real estate because I saw and experienced a lack of service, attention to detail and just sub-par business practices. I did not want to pay someone the amount of money I was paying and have that kind of service. I KNEW I could do better and I set out to make a real estate business based on good work ethic, genuine concern for individuals, a high level of service, services like staging, housecleaning and professional photography included at my expense and a continued friendship with my clients. I was not interested in transaction type of relationships, I want to be in for the long haul! So that is what my work ethic and business are built on. In short, I wanted to offer "Nordstrom" type services and be so good at it that you couldn't help but tell your friends and relatives. I have been offering this service and continually honing it since 2008. If you don't believe me, click here and see what a few of my past clients have to say about me. http://www.zillow.com/profile/cindypoulsen/

About me personally: I live in Eagle, Idaho with my husband, Glade and Golden Retriever, Lily. We have 7 children & 14 grandchildren (combined efforts)! I grew up in Glendale, Arizona and lived there until 2006 when we made the move to Idaho. I LOVE Idaho. The outdoor lifestyle, the 4 seasons and the mildness of them, the smell of the river in the air, the amazing, the safe neighborhoods, friendly people and the camaraderie of the community.  

I love spending time with my family in various ways, I enjoy working out at Orange Theory Fitness and Eagle Yoga, I love to travel and I honestly love my real estate career. I believe in real estate and my personal investments are VERY heavy in the real estate arena. I love eating and shopping local and would love to share some of my favorite spots!