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By Flik32

United Kingdom Gb

I have just cleared my garden and need to replant it. I am a childminder so whatever plants I get need to be non-poisonous and not spiky!! Also need things that won't need a lot of care and attention, I work 50 hrs a week so don't get much time for gardening and I'm a complete novice! Any ideas greatly received, Felicity



Oh I am thinking of doing a small area as a herb garden, with mint, thyme, parsley etc. Having a small area to grow some bits with the children, tomatos, strawberries etc. I was wondering about some 'smelly' shrubs, like lavender and heather. Do they work in a garden? thanks

29 Mar, 2012


It depends how big your garden is, but a paved area (all weather play area) with pots with flowers (children love growing plants), herb area as Flik suggests, don't grow Lilies- the pollen can stain clothes, small veg area- lots of beans, peas etc grow in small areas just need watering and occaissional feed maybe a sandpit- cover with a board to stop the rain and cats getting into it?

29 Mar, 2012


I don't know how old the children you mind are, Flik, but if you can get them involved in the garden, it will mean a lot to them. Maybe a part devoted to something annual, colorful and fast-growing, like Californian poppies, or nigella, that they can sow the seeds themselves and watch as they germinate, grow and flower....?

29 Mar, 2012

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