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I’ve just seen an advert for Potment week at The National Trust’s Barrington Court. I love the word Potment, it perfectly describes the way I garden with children! We don’t have an allotment (the waiting list here is years long) and our garden isn’t very big so we plant as many vegetable and flower seeds into as many pots as we can get our hands on! Anything can be recycled for our Potment and is!
This is a pair of my daughter’s old wellies
These are old colanders filled with herbs
We collect pots from junk shops, skips and obliging friends and neighbours
This year, so far, we have planted tomatoes, climbing beans, spring onions, chard, lettuces, various herbs, carrots, and peppers in pots. It’s not too late to start any of these seeds off now but if you want to get a sprint start the garden centres are full of seedlings all begging to be bought and loved.
My top tips for gardening with children would be:
1. Plant what they like to eat (it is surprising how many new things they will try if they have grown them themselves so don’t be scared to try something different but, in my experience, most of them won’t eat sprouts even if they have seen them growing on a stalk in the garden!)
2. Give them useful and interesting jobs, not just the weeding. They may plant seeds like little demons but you can thin them out when they come up.
3. Do little and often so they don’t get bored
4. Plant something which will grow very quickly to keep their interest. We had a feverish seed planting day a few weeks ago and then planted cress seeds on tissue in egg shells so we could have almost instant egg and cress sandwiches! Beans grow at a satisfying rate too.
If you fancy starting a potment this weekend have a look at this guest post I wrote for Red Ted Art which explains how to make garden pots out of old boots and junk finds.
Over the next few weeks, due to popular request, I will be running a mini ‘gardening with children’ series showing you what we’re up to and offering some suggestions to get beginner gardeners going. Pop along on Tuesdays for some grubby fun!
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Here’s the lovely little blue blob!