Spring is well and truly here, and at this time of year we love having a go at growing a few vegetables and flowers. In the past we have been a little too ambitious, and then got overwhelmed with keeping everything alive (which is where we struggle). This year we’re going for quality over quantity, and planting things that we’ve previously had success with – meadow flowers, tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins.
We have also been going along with friends to sessions at a technology centre near us. We’ve been learning about how food is grown commercially, what conditions plants need to grow and had the opportunity to plant and then take home our produce. It’s been such good fun (albeit cold and windy at times), but we’ve been able to take home lettuces, geraniums, marigolds, tomato plants and parsley. Last time we planted peas, onions, potatoes and beetroot, so we’re hoping to be able to take some home on our next visit.
For now, everything is still alive (!) and the two steps to our house have been turned into a mini garden. The two steps up to our front door can be a pain, but it turns out that they are ideal for growing things – the plants are easy to water, I don’t forget about them and I love noting their daily growth.
Gardening is so thrilling for little people – there is such a sense of accomplishment as everything sprouts and grows. Any tips for gardening with little people? Please send them my way.
Rewarded with a biscuit and a drink of juice for their hard work!