Gardening inspiration is easier with Forest

play houseGardening can be a fun, creative and educational experience for all the family – but as children are easily distracted, it can be a real challenge to keep them focused.  To help ensure kids (and adults!) stay interested, Forest, the UK’s most popular timber garden product brand, has further expanded its well loved range of colourful timber planters and playhouses.

Ideal for those just starting out, Forest’s Junior Planters will help to keep them keen whether the intention is to get them growing or just to set up a sandpit.  Each planters come ready-painted in either blue or red, as well as in three different sizes to match different requirements and budgets.

Forest’s Junior Square Planter RRP £66.99The Forest Junior Square Planter Table, RRP £66.99 is the largest, at 50cm high (raised on timber legs) and 75cm square.  This planter is an ideal size for medium sized gardens or patios and can be used by several mini-gardeners – to join together and create their own mini garden.

The Forest Junior Planter Table, RRP £51.99 is the same height (50cm), same length (75cm) – but at only 35cm from front to back it makes it ideal for smaller gardens, patios or balconies.

Forest’s Slotted Planter RRP £15.99The Junior Slotted Planter, RRP £15.99 is a great place for beginners to start – simple, low risk and fun.   It’s also the easiest product to assemble, simply slot the painted timber boards together and you’re ready to start the grow-your-own journey.

All of Forest’s Junior Planters come with smooth, rounded edges and are safe for ages 4+ with adult supervision.  For added reassurance, each product in the range has been independently tested to full European Union requirements (EN71).

Pull out box: What can I grow in a Forest Junior Planter?

You can grow just about anything in a Forest planter – but to ensure success for younger and less experienced gardeners, why not start with popular flowering annuals such as Nasturtiums, Marigolds and sweet peas.  Or try growing salads and vegetables you can eat straight from the plot such as carrots, lettuce, radish and strawberries.  Herb gardens are great value as you often get flowers and delicious smelling plants to harvest, which will also return year after year – try woody herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender as well as less hardy herbs like Lemon Balm, Marjoram and Spearmint.

New for 2015: Playhouses from Forest

Installing a Forest playhouse could be the magic ingredient that gets the kids outside and enjoying the outdoors this summer.  The new for 2015 designs are all quick and easy to construct, each taking just two hours for one person to build.  Every piece of timber is also dip treated to ensure protection from the elements, and guaranteed by Forest for up to 10 years.

Forest’s Pear Playhouse RRP £219.99Forest’s Pear 4′ x 4′ (RRP £219.99) playhouse features an attractive cast iron hinged door and a single shatterproof Perspex window.  The Apricot 6′ x 4′ (RRP £299.99) has two windows and a stable door – and both playhouses come with an innovative easy-fit polypropylene roofing system.  Other new playhouses, all of which feature felt roofs, include the Damson (RRP £299.99) which is also 6′ x 4′, Apple, (RRP £349.99) and Peach (RRP £219.99), which are both 4′ x 4′ and feature distinctive wavy bargeboards.  The Apple has an extra veranda and stable doors – a feature that also appears on the similarly sized Plum (RRP £229.99) which has a single window and larger internal space.

These new for 2015 additions are all designed to accompany the existing Parsley Cottage (RRP £459.99), which is made from pressure treated shiplap timber and features a stable door, non-slip flooring, two Perspex windows, veranda, fence and stylish faux shutters adorning the outside.  Take a tour of Parsley Cottage with Matthew Biggs in Forest’s new YouTube video: