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You Can Now Grow a Living Playhouse For Your Kids

Kids enjoy spending time in their tree house. Others prefer a playhouse. It’s the place where they make the best memories. Did you have a playhouse as a kid?

Would you like your kids to have a playhouse? You can now build one. A living playhouse. Does it get any than that?

Building one of these is the perfect way to keep your kid away from electronics. You don’t want it to spend most of the day playing video games, right?

The Runner Ban Teepee

This one is easy to make, and the preparation requires minimum effort.

You will need:

  • 10 long bamboo canes or tree branches (6ft long)
  • Runner bean seeds
  • Garden twine
  • Chicken wire
  • Grass or clover area in the garden

Here’s how to make it:

The first thing you should do is poke the canes into the ground. They should make a circle. Leave enough room for the door. Tie the tops of the canes together using twine or wire.

Cover the playhouse with a chicken wire. Dig a 1-foot garden bed around the base of the bamboo canes, and add compost. Poke 2-inch holes at the base of the bamboo canes, and add runner been seeds.

Water, add soil, and water again. Organic slug pellets will keep slugs away. If you find this hard, you can always start the seeds in pots, and then transfer them in the soil.

Secure the shoots around the canes using strings. Add wood chips at the base. You can also use mulch or lawn clippings. This will seal the moisture in the soil and keep it safe from weeds.

The Willow Den

Willow tree branches can be used as a fence, chair, tunnel, teepees or domes.

“Just stick long willow branches directly into the ground, tie them together into the desired shape and they will root and grow, producing a cover of green leaves over the structure,” Blue Stem Nursery explains.

You will need:

  • 1 large bundle 1, 2 and 3-year-old green willow rods (6ft or longer)
  • Weed-suppressing membrane or straw

Here’s how to make it:

Place the mat and make holes through it to make room for the rods. Plant the rods, and start “building” your den.

Use the 2-year-old rods for vertical support. The younger rods provide diagonal weave. The “roof” of the den will be open at first, but the new growths will seal it over time.

You can add sweat peas, grape vines, sunflowers and other plants of your choice. You can use herbs, too. Don’t forget plants that repel mosquitoes.

Sources:
thewildchild.co.za
dengarden.com
www.goodshomedesign.com