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Kiddie Gardens Newsletter, Issue #001 - Summer Fun!
August 11, 2008

Garden Fun and Games

Summer is here, the sun has come out and it is time to enjoy the garden. Check out some Fun Outdoor Games which need almost no preparation time and use only bits and pieces already hanging around the house and garden.

For those really hot summer days there are loads of Outdoor Water Games suitable for children of any age ... without a paddling pool!

We've been having a look at some of the garden play equipment for you. Check out the pros and cons of different types of Trampolines for Kids and Sandpits (a favourite with the younger children). Also find some wonderful imaginative sandpits and suggestions for building your own basic box on the Wooden Sandpits page!

Keep the Fresh Veg coming ...

Spring is not the only time to be sowing seeds and planting out seedlings. Keep growing radishes, lettuces and chard throughout the summer for continuous crops. Swiss chard is one of those really versatile vegetables which is massively underrated and undergrown. If planted now, you can still get a decent autumn crop, so why not give growing swiss chard a go?

Not got much space in the garden? No problem! Many vegetables can be grown in containers. We've already popped a guide on Growing Radish in Containers online, and many more container grown veggies will follow!

The pumpkins (or at least those left by the slugs and snails!) are growing nicely - find out how to care for them to ensure a super display for Halloween ... and plenty of pumpkin soup into the bargain! See Growing Pumpkins for more info.

Kiddie Gardens Store

In the Kiddie Gardens Store we have selected our favourite books, play equipment and gardening utensils for kids available from Amazon. If you are looking for that perfect birthday present, this is the place to go!

Recommended Products

Sutton Seeds have brought out a NEW line of FUN seeds especially designed for young gardeners. Check out their Fun To Grow Packs today!

The Early Learning Center have some lovely games perfect for playing in the garden or even taking on holiday with you! Our favourites this month are Volley Strike (which is basically the same as Swingball) and the Foam Bowling Game ... guaranteed not to hurt anyone no matter how excited they get!

If your children are really bouncing with energy, consider a trampoline for the garden (as a parent with four energetic kids, I really recommend trampolines!). Great for getting plenty of exercise in the fresh air and practising those complicated moves! Check out the Trampoline with Safety Surround from the Early Learning Center or visit the Kiddie Garden Store for a much larger selection for kids of any age - including adults!

We'd love to hear from you!

Have you invented the perfect garden game? Grown some unusual plants or vegetables? Got some useful tips for other mums and dads introducing their kids to gardening? How about a complete disaster in the garden?

Whatever it is, we would love to hear from you! Add your tips and experiences here!

Have a good Summer in the Garden!

from Lindsey

www.kiddiegardens.com

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