How to make that perfect garden the whole family can enjoy


A garden should be enjoyable for those who tend to it, but also for the entire family to enjoy the ‘green’ outdoor space together. So, how can you create an inviting space for everyone to make use of this summer? Consider some of these simple tips.

Add pop and colour

Choose flowers, plants, and arrangements which stand out. You don’t want a garden which is dull or is lacking something vibrant which sets it apart from your neighbour’s garden. So, consider a distinct floral arrangement, some fun garden ornaments, or other decorative pieces, so your garden will stand apart from the rest. If you are not a keen gardener and would like some assistance you could get a local gardener to come and help you. I would recommend looking on a trade directory like

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Add a spark of fun

Consider adding a swing set for the kids, a walking path, or even a jacuzzi or slip and slide area for them to play. If you have the space, add an attached deck or fire pit. The more interactive the space is, the more it is going to be enjoyed by the gardener, and the entire family. And, the easier it is going to be to bring everyone together, when you want to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Add a fountain

A water fountain or water pit, with surrounding gnomes or garden ornaments, will really stand apart from other gardens where you live. It is going to have a distinct look and feel, it is going to add a decorative flair to the space, and it can easily bring the entire garden area together, especially in a larger home, with large outdoor (or separate garden areas) space.

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Your garden should bring enjoyment to everyone who sees and experiences it. These are some simple tips to incorporate to ensure it is enjoyed by yourself, as well as your family and friends who come to visit your home as well.

For further ideas on garden transformation please see my former post on how to make the garden a fun filled space for kids.


Disclosure: This is a collaborative post

Starting a Herb Garden

There is nothing nicer than being able to pop into your garden and pick the herbs you need to flavour your food. I’ve always had a herb garden but not since I moved into my new house so now it’s time to start one up here. The Little Man was a willing helper while we sat at the table in the sunshine and filled little pots with compost and seeds. I wrote the labels and he stuck them on. He had lots of fun and made tons of mess, but no worries, he said we could clean it all up with a magic stick!

Hopefully the seeds will soon start to grow and then we can plant them out into the garden. I can’t wait and I’m sure the Little Man is just as impatient. I can’t wait to see his face when we start to see the seeds sprout. Now I just have to decide the best place to plant them. I’m thinking maybe the front garden as it’s nearer to the kitchen and it would be nice to be greeted with the smell of herbs as we come home. 

My favourites are chives and dill, I love them with fish, I love rosemary with lamb, but did you know it also tastes really nice with chicken? I’ve never grown garlic before but I use it all the time so I’m hoping that it grows. Basil and oregano are great with pasta dishes. What’s your favourite herb?

I’m linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill, it’s been such a long time since I made and outdoor post, hopefully there will be more to come.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

Spuds and Stuff!

I do try to encourage my children to enjoy gardening. At our last home we had a little patch of garden where we used to grow things, mostly flowers. They had much fun, digging and planting and especially watering.

This year we managed to get some sunflowers planted, unfortunately they haven’t flowered yet. I’m not sure if our garden soil is good enough, the land was been through a lot considering it was a building site just a year ago, maybe we need to give it a little time. I do hope we can grow things though, I’d really like a herb garden.

We don’t really have the space to grow our own fruit and veg so I am planning to take the children to the National Forest Adventure Farm to explore their new Kitchen Garden and to dig up some potatoes. Every weekend throughout Septemeber, the Farm is letting children dig their own potatoes for free at their Spudfest event. I’m sure my children are going to have lots of fun. We will have to think up a fun potato recipe for Kids in the Kitchen!

In October the farm will be opening their pumpkin fields up to children. How exciting being able to pick your own Pumpkin from a field.

We are really looking forward to going back to the farm, we had such fun when we visited to take part in the Scarecrow Record Breaker event. There was so much we didn’t have time to do though so we will have plenty of new things to show you after our visit. In particular the children are looking forward to the inside play area which we didn’t spend too much time at last time, mainly because Star was still in her halo and couldn’t join in the fun.

Here are scarecrows from our last visit.

A Garden of Our Own

This post is an entry for Britmum’s Kids Grow Wild Challenge.

We received a lovely children’s gardening set from Money Supermarket to aid us in our challenge.
To start us off Daddy dug out a little patch of garden next to the wendy house in the garden. We decided that it would be good to give the little gardener’s their own little plot to care for. After we made sure the plot was weed free the gardeners planted their seeds. Then they covered them with fresh soil, gave them labels and watered them.
Stage One:
Digging, weeding and planting.

A couple of weeks later and we have some growth. We’ve had a mixture of sunshine and rain, although probably a little too much rain so the kids have only had to water their garden a few times.

So here are our flowers about to grow. I’ll post some more pictures later if they survive our British summer (and the Little Man’s feet!)
Stage two:

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.