gardening with kids

Gardening With Kids

gardening with kids
As the Easter holidays are nearly here, I thought I’d share a few fun activities to do with your family.  The first one of these is gardening with kids – a great cheap and easy activity that kids love. 

This Easter I have my fingers crossed for good weather.  You see, I’d really like to get out into the garden with my daughter and start growing some vegetables with her.  Although only a toddler, I believe that it’s never too early to start showing children where the food we eat comes from, and helping her to get a first grasp of biology in action.  I’m also desperately hoping that growing her own vegetables will help stave off that common hatred of anything vegetable based!

Although you don’t need any fancy gear to get out into the garden with your kids (in fact, the older the clothes the better!), some basic kid-sized hand tools (and gloves if you’re going to get them involved in weeding) are a must, as well as some seeds!

Here are a few things I have my eye on that would be great for gardening with kids:
gardening with kids ideas
From clockwise:

Kids Trug (£9.95) – from What You Sow – Perfect for harvesting their bounty (or for weeding, if you can rope them in to that!).  Not an essential by any means, but really rather lovely.

Bug Hotel (affiliate link) (£15) – from John Lewis – A bug hotel attracts bees, ladybirds, lacewings and other minibeasts to your garden, helping to naturally eradicate any hungry aphids that might want to eat your precious vegetables, and also pollinate your vegetables too.  Children will adore looking for ladybirds and other minibeasts.  And top tip – if you don’t want to buy a bug hotel, you can also create your own bug hotel by leaving an area of the garden wild and unweeded, with logs and stones piled up.

Kids hand tools  – from What You Sow – great for small hands. Seeds – I’m a fan of growing easy vegetables like carrots and peas, and also flowers like sweet peas and sunflowers with kids.

Allotinabox have a nice selection of seeds or try your local garden centre.

Kids Gardening Gloves  (£5.95) – from What You Sow – to protect little hands from thorns and other garden nasties.

 

If you’re as keen as I am to get out in your garden and do some gardening with your kids this Easter then Netmums has some great tips on gardening with kids, and this guide from Grow Veg is also worth a read.

I plan on growing fast-sprouting veggies like lettuce, radishes and carrots, and the flowers I enjoyed growing the most as a kid –  sweet peas and sunflowers. I have some raised beds to make planting easy for my little’un, but you could also use tubs or trugs, or even just dedicate a small area of your garden for planting.

Even if you don’t have a garden, there are plenty of things you can grow in window boxes and on your windowsill.  Fresh herbs are quick, simple and cheap to grow – this is a nice post about growing herbs with kids.  Chili’s work well indoors, as do avocados (which are a lot of fun to watch growing), and there are always the old favourites like cress and mustard, which only take a few days and can be eaten in egg sandwiches or in salads.  I also heartily recommend growing snow pea shoots.

If you have any advice on gardening with kids, or other suggestions of what to grow then do let me know in the comment below!

Keep an eye out this coming week for some more children’s themed posts.

weleda skin food review

Weleda Skin Food Review

weleda skin food review

In winter my poor skin takes a battering.  Between cold temperatures, strong winds and central heating, I quite often get wind burn on my face.  This winter was no exception, so I did some research on the internet for an effective natural and chemical free moisturiser and came up with Weleda Skin Food.  Weleda Skin Food is a favourite of celebrities such as Helena Christensen, Adele and Victoria Beckham – but without the celebrity price tag – coming in at around £9 for a large tube that lasts and lasts.

Weleda Skin Food is a very rich and heavy all-over body moisturiser, specially formulated for dry skin hot spots, such as hands, feet and elbows.  Containing all-natural ingredients, such as organic sunflower oil, calendula, chamomile, wild pansy and rosemary, and no petro-chemicals in sight, I was impressed at its provenance as well as it’s quality – being of a nice thick consistency.

My dry skin is concentrated on my face so I didn’t try it anywhere else, but after only a few weeks I’m pleased to report that it has really sorted out my dry skin, leaving my face soft and supple and looking well moisturised.  It does leave my face looking quite shiny and oily after applying  it though, so I’d recommend using it very sparingly and only as a night cream.

This will definitely be my go-to product when my skin is looking red or rough, or looking a bit winter beaten.

A few words though – due to the oily nature of the cream I’d avoid it if you have oily skin.  Weleda Skin Food is also strongly scented – a heady herbal mix of orange/citrus and lavender – which really lingers.  I personally quite like the smell, it smells really fresh, but I know others might it a bit overpowering.  If you’re not using it on your face though it might be less pungent.

I purchased it from my local health-food store, but it’s widely available online, and comes with the Moral Fibres seal of approval :)

NB: I purchased Skin Food out of my own pocket