Stepdaughter - rude and nosy
New gran - can I be involved?
Family conflict - what to do?
What does fresh air, exercise, stress relief and entertaining the grandchildren all have in common? They are all great reasons to love your garden this season...
Maintaining a garden can be laborious work, especially if you have just moved to a new place and inherited an unruly piece of land. The good news is that all that digging and weeding is great exercise - perfect for those who
hate the gym prefer to keep active away from others. And what better way to spend some time with your other half, keep fit and get lots of fresh air?
Is there anything better than eating outside on a warm(ish) summer's evening? Having a garden or patio means you can invite family, friends and neighbours over without having to clean the entire house or, more importantly, without needing to clean up the mess afterwards. Move the party outside and save yourself the stress of grandchildrens' spillages, accidental breakages and high heel marks on the floors. Just don't forget the sunscreen and hat!
Planning a garden is all about shapes, colours and textures - as well as timings and maintenance - and makes you think creatively about what you want your garden to look like and how to achieve that. In the world of amateur landscaping, you are an artist whether you prefer planning or spontaneity - or a mix of both. If you put the effort into it, your garden will start to reflect your personality and you'll feel energised by the creative process.
No matter how large or small your garden is, there will always be something for the grandchildren to get involved with. Whether you're weeding or planting, children are excellent helpers in the garden and <mostly> love to be a part of the process. Plant vegetables together, have sunflower competitions or simply read an afternoon story together in the shade.
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