Good morning! Welcome back for day 2 of Garden Week! Yesterday I shared our garden transformation with you and I briefly talked about our process in choosing plants. With a toddler and new baby, it was important to me to choose plants for our yard and garden area that were non-toxic. While I have taught Bugaboo not to put any plants in his mouth, you really never know when curiosity will win out and they will pop something in their mouth without us knowing!
My mom’s yard was brimming with plants she was willing to share with us. This was very exciting and I immediately had a list going of plants I would love to have in our yard. Then it occurred to me I should probably check to see if any of them were poisonous! Well, turns out some of them were! After realizing this, we revised our list and accepted the new challenge of choosing as many non-toxic plants as we could.
Here are some of the websites I found the most helpful in figuring out which plants are toxic and which ones are non-toxic. I found the sites published by the University of California and the California Poison Control System to be the most helpful as they included a toxicity level which was useful to know how toxic or poisonous a plant was.
- Poisonous Plants – UWHealth, American Family Children’s Hospital
- Know Your Plants – California Poison Control System
- Safe Plants – University of California
- Toxic Plants – University of California
- Photos of Poisonous Plants and Flowers – 1st in Flowers
As we worked on our garden, deciding where to place plants and which plants to keep or bring over, I kept forgetting which plants were toxic and which ones weren’t! This led me to create a garden “cheat sheet” with a list of all of the plants found in our yard (new or old) so I could reference it quickly.
I love that I have all of this information in one handy place. If one of our kids does get curious and ingest any of our plants I will be prepared by having this list. I have always been a “better safe than sorry” kind of person and this puts my mind at ease :)
You can download a version of my “garden cheat sheet” to fill out for your own yard! I have included both a pdf and Excel version. Even if I never reference this sheet again, it served its purpose by forcing me to figure out what plants we have in our yard and if any are toxic.
Tips for creating a kid-safe garden!
- Choose primarily non-toxic plants
- If you do have poisonous plants, place them in areas away from where kids play
- Surround poisonous plants with non-toxic plants to create a barrier
- Teach kids not to put plants in their mouth, but be prepared for anything!
- Keep a list of your plants along with poison control’s phone number in an accessible place
Thanks for visiting BugabooCity during Garden week. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun DIY project for your yard!