I am featured on the CBeebies for Grown Ups Blog Roll for Cooking and Gardening with Children so I thought it was time I wrote a regular series on gardening with small people rather than scattered posts! Come back every Tuesday to see what we’ve been up to.
This week we have been mainly planting seeds, LOTS of seeds! April is the month when you can really get going with growing.
Bonus Boy is always a happy helper and this year he is more dexterous and has a longer concentration span so we have been looking at the enormous variety in seed size, shape and texture.
We read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk again and he is very hopeful that our runner beans may reach through the clouds. We have also read this gorgeous book which was written and illustrated by a lovely friend of ours
It tells the story of a seed found by a little girl and her marmalade cat. They tend and water it and watch and wait. When summer comes and their patience is rewarded she takes her plant to school and her teacher shows her how to shake the head to release the seeds to make a whole garden full of flowers for next summer. It is lovely and perfect for beginner gardeners.
We have pushed seeds deep down into velvety compost many times over the last few weeks and our labours are being rewarded.
We plant nearly everything into pots as we have a major slug and snail problem in our little walled garden and we like to give our plants at least a fighting chance. Those broad bean seedlings up there went into the ground this week and they are thriving!
I wanted Bonus Boy to really understand how seeds work and just how miraculous they are so yesterday we planted runner bean seeds into jars lined with damp kitchen paper and popped on the windowsill. As they begin to grow he will see how they split open and will be able to watch the shoot and the root as one reaches up and the other heads downwards.
We will be filling these big fat tubes with compost today and planting a radish seed, a carrot seed and a parsnip seed so we can see how they grow underground.
So far we have planted tomatoes, basil, various salad leaves, lettuces, purple sprouting broccoli, runner beans, dwarf beans, pumpkins, sunflowers, peppers, sweetpeas, various annual flowers, 3 types of chard, perpetual spinach and beetroot in pots. We have a drain pipe full of pea seedlings and we have carrots, potatoes, broad beans, radishes and onions in the ground. We are harvesting rhubarb and herbs, the redcurrants are green and swelling, the raspberries are in flower and the apple and cherry trees are in blossom. All is well in our world!
All you need to get going with growing is a bag of compost, a packet of seeds (preferably for something your child/ren like eating) and something to plant them in. We plant into loo roll inners, egg boxes, plant pots made from newspaper and plastic pots. Now, off you go…get planting!
If you have any tips for gardening with children or if you have a question you’d like to ask, pop it in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer it! Happy Gardening!
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