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    After 3 years (I think), my plot seems to be finally taking shape - there's still a way to go, but I'm getting there.

    When I took the plot on originally my intention was to be at a stage where I was a reasonably proficient grower and able to manage a productive plot before we had children.

    Bean came along a little earlier in my plan than I maybe expected (not that he wasn't planned - but stuff worked quicker than we'd expected) and I've yet to work out how to accommodate him on the occasions he's likely to be there.

    I have a small pond - so that's obviously in need of some form of 'guard' to prevent him from falling in (not that I expect to leave him on his own, but you hear how these things can happen in the blink of an eye), and I probably need to be on the lookout for sharp objects, or have somewhere lockable to store them (no sheds allowed).

    I was thinking of creating an 'area' for him to play in, but am drawing a blank at the minute.

    Anyone else with any ideas/essentials for a child friendly plot?
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    How about a small sandpit with bucket & spade..........bringing back memories.
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    my children are 11 and 7 and are usually more interested in going to the park around the corner than staying on the plot, but the lady who shares the plot with me has a little 'un and quiet often he's happy pushing around his mini wheelbarrow and pretend lawnmower.
    It might be worth you and Lady Wayne going down to the plot one day without bean. Put your Dad head on and not your gardeners head and have a really good look about.
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    Not sure if Bean is quite old enough for any of these Wayne.

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    There's 2 plots on our site where very young (toddler age) kids are very well provided for. On one plot, they have fenced off a section (with low enough fencing that it doesn't look like a prison ) next to the shed, and made a paved seating area and a small lawned area. Along the side of the fence is a narrow bed where they grow flowers. It looks nice.
    In the second plot, which is slightly bigger, they also have a small lawned area, and next to it a sand pit (with a fitted cover to keep the cats out) and a Little Tykes climbing frame thingy.
    Both plots have edged beds and bark chippings down on the paths, but the first one has also built frames onto most of the beds to put netting over, which also keeps the little 'un from pulling up stuff that is meant to stay in

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    How big is your pond? If it's very small then the easiest/safest way is to put a rigid grill over the top big enough for bugs/frogs to fit through but not children. You can get sheets of plastic coated mesh about 3'x2' which would work well with a plank or two for support.

    You could make a 'play pen' with four posts and some mesh if he needs containing. Or perhaps some willow hurdles for a less caged look? Have a look for garden toys that don't have metal parts and can be left out all the time, a sandpit (raised bed filled with sand instead of soil) might be good.

    For sharp stuff, you could go for high instead or locked, a post with a basket on top that's high enough he can't reach but easy for you to access. Watch out for any chemicals/seeds etc. that are unsafe to eat too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarzWix View Post
    There's 2 plots on our site where very young (toddler age) kids are very well provided for. On one plot, they have fenced off a section (with low enough fencing that it doesn't look like a prison ) next to the shed, and made a paved seating area and a small lawned area. Along the side of the fence is a narrow bed where they grow flowers. It looks nice.
    In the second plot, which is slightly bigger, they also have a small lawned area, and next to it a sand pit (with a fitted cover to keep the cats out) and a Little Tykes climbing frame thingy.
    Both plots have edged beds and bark chippings down on the paths, but the first one has also built frames onto most of the beds to put netting over, which also keeps the little 'un from pulling up stuff that is meant to stay in
    The first of these two sounds like what I had in mind initially. I was thinking of incorporating my 'arbour/pergola' into it to give a bit of shade in the summer months.
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