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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.

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Seeds to Sow in March

seeds to sow in March

seeds to sow in March

It’s Climate Week!  If you haven’t heard, Climate Week focuses on the many positive steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain.  It is hoped that the power of these real, practical examples – the small improvements and the big innovations – will then inspire many more people to take their own positive steps towards greening their lives.

One great way to take real positive action is to grow your own vegetables – bringing your food miles down to zero!

If you’re a novice gardener here are some pointers of what seeds to sow in March.

Seeds to Sow in March Outside:

what to sow in March

 

Seeds to Sow in March Undercover:

March sowing ideas

Sowing undercover means in a greenhouse, however if you don’t have a greenhouse or don’t have space for a greenhouse (like us) a simple cloche (a plastic dome) or mini polytunnel will suffice.  We use plastic food pots rather than buying cloches to recycle and save money.

Seeds to Sow in March in Heat:

what should I sow in March

To sow in heat you can buy seed propagators which run on electric, however we just plant seeds in pots and sit them on our windowsills.  It does mean for a couple of months we are overrun with plant pots however your efforts will be rewarded later in the summer when you have a substantial bounty of fresh vegetables that you’ve grown with your own fair hands!

It’s not just about the vegetables in March though.  Sowing some flowers, such as marigolds and nasturtiums at this time of year is also beneficial by way of companion planting.  These are good at discouraging pests from eating your precious seedlings, as well as being good at attracting pollinators, such as bees.

What seeds are you sowing this March?

Look out for what seeds to sow  in April next month.  In the meantime, happy growing!