So spring has sprung here in the Sisterkin household and we are more than ready to get out in the garden. We have big plans ahead this year. Last year we built a small vegetable patch and the kids and I are in talks about what exactly to grow there: me – beans, Martha – carrots, Freddie – sausages. We also intend to grow lots more flowers from seed and replace some of the evil gravel that covers half of our plot.
Who doesn’t love a sunflower? We did try to grow some last year but unfortunately they became slug fodder before they even reached ankle height. This year we have learnt from our mistakes and have planted them early and will keep them indoors until they are big enough. The twins love a little bit of competition so we have labelled the pots and can see who’s sunflower grows the tallest. Hopefully we’ll get some right whoppers. Watch this space.
THE VEG PATCH
I am so excited about this. As you can see from the picture the patch is pretty bare at the moment. The kids and have dug over the soil and planted some raspberry canes. We also have some broadbeans to go in and later some courgettes and tomatoes. Whether we will get some produce remains to be seen but the kids love getting involved. In fact if Freddie had his own way he would be in the garden digging day and night.
A MUD KITCHEN
I have seen this one Pinterest and loved the idea of a space in the garden where the kids can make a mess and dig to their heart’s content. I have already divided our garden into mine – flowers beds, sun-house, peace and quiet(!) and kids – mud kitchen, play-house, digger on a bed of gravel. These are a work in progress which is what I love about gardening. You can make plans, change plans, consult the kids, lounge around the garden scheming, make a mess, tidy up, watch things grow and learn.
Yup, all of us are learning. And it’s great fun!
By Kim x
What plans do you have for your garden? And do you have any tips for us on gardening with kids – please let us know!