Are you growing vegetables this year? To follow on from last month’s post, here is a list of vegetable seeds to sow in April – outside, undercover and in heat:
Seeds to Sow in April Outside
Seeds to Sow in April Undercover
Seeds to Sow in April in Heat
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for better weather in April! March was a bit of a blowout for us here in Edinburgh – snow, snow, more snow and frost. We didn’t get any planting done, as without a greenhouse (damn our smaller than small garden and it’s complete lack of space!) things would have died.
I’m going to get a few things going on our windowsill – I’ll keep you updated! There’s a lot of choice when it comes to what seeds to sow in April. What are you sowing this month?
ps: if you’ve found this page through Google then you may be interested in May’s sowing guide for next month, and for future reference you may be interested in my March sowing guide! Bookmark them for later!
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:
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.
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.
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