5 Ways to Get Your Teenagers into the Garden

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Five ways to get your teenagers into the Garden on Falcondale Life blog. How to get tweens and teenagers out of the house to enjoy the garden? Here a 5 ideas to persuade them outside to enjoy the fresh air. Get your teenagers into the garden with these ideas from Falcondalejan.Spending time in the outdoors is good for us. We all know it. Unfortunately my tween-age and teenage daughters don’t get out much. Fizz likes us to go for walks, but I can’t do that yet since my foot surgery. Belle says she loves fresh air, but she doesn’t much enjoy our garden.

When my girls were younger they spent hours outside on ride-on toys and on the slide. Later they played on scooters with neighbours, but no this no longer appeals to them. It’s a common teenage problem. It seems more entrenched nowadays with the smartphone and online lifestyle making it harder to get your teenagers into the garden.

Bad lawn and Good lawn comparison.. 5 ways to get teenagers to enjoy the garden on Falcondale Life blog.
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Tactic no. 1: a suitable and appealing garden space

The first goal is to have somewhere nice to go. Our garden isn’t very attractive now as the grass is quite soggy, so it’s dying. Next door our neighbours have switched to fake grass. This might be a smart solution to make our lawn usable again. We Brits love nothing more than a good lawn beneath our chequered picnic blankets on a summer’s day; am I right? To encourage wildlife we could add bird feeders, pot plants and climbers.

Teenagers grow to have much more sophisticated tastes so a stylish outdoor space is going to be a winner. Enclose garden seating with tall, lush plants to make a private nook. Make sure your outdoor furniture is cool and appealing. A fun place to sit is irresistible, like hammock or rope-chair. This wooden swing seat would be perfect with some cushions and blankets.

Garden swing seat for two made of wood with canopy. 5 ways to get your teenagers into the garden on Falcondale Life blog.

Whatever you set up, don’t forget the importance of shade. Shade is not just for sun protection but also it’s much easier for reading books and (you guessed it) phones. If you haven’t got the time or money to grow plants over a pergola then with a few hooks you can install a triangular sail shade.

Strings of lights and fire pits are fun for after dark. Being responsible with fire is a good skill to learn growing up.

Garden dining table and chairs on a patio near the lawn. 5 ways to get teenagers to enjoy the garden on Falcondale Life blog.

Tactic no. 2: Food and Drink

Teenagers can be easily led by their stomachs (some of us haven’t grown out of that). Once the lawn is fixed up that picnic blanket can be the place you spread out snacks. Eating family meals outside is great if you have a table and chairs. Plate up in the kitchen to save carrying too much outside.

Put the barbeque to good use and teach older kids to light it and cook on it. Or toast marshmallows on a fire pit.

Toasting marshmallows over a garden fire pit. 5 ways to get your teenagers into the garden on Falcondale Life blog.

Tactic no. 3 Cool Gadgets and Garden Activities

If you have the space there’s quite a buzz about slack-lining at the moment. This is a tightrope hung low between trees and is a great activity for older kids. Many of us have smaller gardens and there’s not space for proper sport. However swing ball never gets old. For more sitting around ideas, get your teenagers into the garden after dusk to watch a movie. Use an outdoor movie projector screen and multimedia projector. Attach a smartphone and headphones, then your teenager’s movie night won’t disturb the neighbours.

Tactic no. 4: Get your teenagers into the garden with their Friends

The movie night idea above brings me neatly to the subject of friends. Her bedroom may be an almost unsalvageable mess, but I can say to my teen – you can meet your friends in the garden any time you like! The adults will still get to use the living room and the spills and crumbs can feed the garden birds. It’s also a much better place to meet the opposite sex than the bedroom, am I right? I know someone who made the greenhouse into a comfy place for her daughter to meet the boyfriend in all weathers.

Greenhouse made into a pleasant space with lots of daffodils. 5 ways to get your teenagers into the garden on Falcondale Life blog.

Tactic no. 5: Earn Pocket Money

I have a pre-written list of jobs that I will pay my children to do. It’s a good deal on both sides – at least in MY view! I pay a higher rate for strenuous jobs like digging and weeding. It hasn’t tempted my girls to do any gardening yet but maybe it will work for your family.

I do pay for my garden pots to be watered and they like to do that. Other jobs you can put on your list for payment are sweeping leaves, hanging laundry, picking fruit, dead-heading plants and clipping hedges. If they are shown what to do, they could use the lawnmower and that may be a bit of a novelty for a while.

Wheelbarrow, hoe and garden tools. 5 ways to get teenagers to enjoy the garden on Falcondale Life blog.
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8 Comments

  1. 14th March 2018 / 5:39 am

    when we lived in South Africa we could never get our two teen boys indoors, they set the xbox up outside, we had limited access to the internet and a swimming pool as well as living on a golf course where all there school friends lived so nothing was ever an effort, we ate most of our meals outdoors as we cooked most of them outdoors and there was nothing on the TV, they would mow the lawn and take part in hedge trimming projects also. Prior to the that when we were in the UK, children 3 & 4 from young ages up till they were 18 & 15 (before we moved) were always in the local park playing football with their mates most evenings and just hanging around on weekends. Child 1 never ventured outside other than to smoke now he’s an adult and child 5 doesn’t see the light of day now he’s moved back to the UK. I guess what you have to offer them outside and what the weather and culture of the country you live in plays the biggest part in getting them outdoors #tweensteensbeyond

    • 4th April 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Well I suppose the weather does make a huge difference but it also changes how we design our homes and gardens for use. Most British homes have small doors to the garden, poky patios or a living room that faces the front drive, not the garden. Also urban gardens are small and limiting.

  2. 13th March 2018 / 5:08 pm

    It’s sad isn’t it that when they are younger they are permanently outside and as teens the outside barely gets a look in. Both of mine are happy outside if they are playing sport but generally as you say it is all about being in and being on a tablet of some description. I am a keen walker and since being home after my surgery it is pretty much the only exercise I can do (unlike you!) so there is a lot of emotional blackmail going on to get them to accompany me for a stroll! As it is generally quite short at the moment they don’t mind but I am sure it won’t for much longer. We do eat out a lot in the summer but my youngest is a red head so to be honest there is a limit to her endurance levels even in the shade. Otherwise paying them to do outdoor jobs is the only other time I can get them into the garden. Maybe if we lived in the country and had a big garden it would be different?? Thanks for linking Janet. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 4th April 2018 / 1:36 pm

      I like that you can get them out with a bit of emotional blackmail! I’m very fair and need shade but my husband thinks more shade will damage the garden. I think I need to point out that the alternative is to damage me!

  3. 9th March 2018 / 3:11 pm

    What a lovely post Jan. And you are so right about the ‘sophisticated style’. They love a bit of luxury don’t they so comfort is a winner. As is the food and the BBQ. I have actually attempted to pay for weeding and it did work. More of that this summer if I still have a willing participant! Thanks for sharing this with #tweensteensbeyond. It’s made me think of the summer x

    • 9th March 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Glad someone has got the paying for weeding thing to work! There’s hope for me yet perhaps. Lets hope it’s a fruitful summer.

  4. 9th March 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I love it when my teens head out into the garden. When they were little they spent hours on the trampoline but it is really only the youngest that does that now. We are very into BBQs and they love that! Loved this post, full of fab ideas. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 9th March 2018 / 1:58 pm

      It’s very much the same here. I asked my children to help with this list and they’ve had some nice ideas I think.

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