Creating a child friendly plot

12 Sep

With the holidays a distant memory I have been pondering how it was I managed to get the kids to visit the plot at least once a week during that lovely long six week break. There was quite a lot of ‘If you go to the plot and let mummy dig for an hour you can do some art/have an ice-cream/or whatever’ type moments. Bribery never feels like your finest moment of parenting but it does get results.

But also they love being there, once they are there. So reflecting on it (with pictures) here is my guide to creating a child friendly plot.

1. Grow things they actually want to eat, fruit is always a winner.

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2. Encourage them to plant their own flower garden.


3. Don’t bore them with details such as ‘this is green manure’


4. Encourage them to grow their own pumpkin ready for Halloween

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5. Raid your nearest pound shop for loads of kids’ gardening equipment, always get metal forks/spades/watering cans if possible; they know straight away plastic forks are useless and will only nick yours if you try to fob them off with anything less than metal.

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6. Turn their once boring plot that grew radishes, onions and carrots into a strawberry patch and watch interest peak.

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7. Give them genuine manageable tasks to do like washing muddy spuds or shelling beans.

child friendly plot

8. Take a picnic, blanket and some toys. If not in picnic mode always have a cereal bar to hand and let them share your flask of tea.

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9. Encourage them to unleash some of their boundless energy on finding and removing slugs, snails and caterpillars from your plot.

Going on bug hunt mega slug Going on bug hunt caterpillars

10. If all else fails bribe them with the promise of an art or baking project once home, in payment for not being a complete pain whilst there.

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2 Responses to “Creating a child friendly plot”

  1. gillridge September 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Oh I think this is one of your best posts ever and what lovely photos! They may not realise but they are very lucky children to have plot time! xx

    • wifi allotment September 15, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks! It did really come into it’s own this year. Last year even getting them to walk there was an effort but now they are that bit older it seemed so much easier. I bought a wee bucket barbq which we didn’t use but next year I will bribe them with sausage sizzles as well as picnics!

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