Mutterings of a Fool

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Down at the bottom of the garden…

Down at the bottom of the garden

Among the birds and the bees

Are some little people, planting tomato seeds

Getting ready to plant seedsI’m not the most green fingered person and find it hard to get too excited by flowers, but when it comes to things you can eat it’s a different story. I also want Matilda and Henry to learn where food comes from and get excited about eating peas straight from the pod or lettuce fresh from the ground. I think if you can get kids involved with food from a young age it can have a real impact on their eating habits in later life.

So with spring finally here we took the opportunity to get some seeds planted and tidy up the raised beds that were already built in our new house. My approach to planting vegetables is to grow things that we eat regularly (sounds obvious but lots of people plant what they think they should not what they’ll use) and also try to plant some unusual things like purple carrots.

With this in mind we have one raised bed now full with potatoes, onions and garlic. All things that are easy to grow and we’ll definitely make use of over the next few months. The other bed we’ll most likely plant a lot of salad leaves to go with all those BBQ’s we’ll be having.

Matilda wateringFinally (with some help from Heinz) we’ve planted some Tomato seeds in trays which hopefully soon will have grown enough to be transferred to pots and then producing lots of juicy tomatoes. Matilda loved the fact that she now has her own little watering can and spent the rest of the afternoon watering every single plant in the garden and her feet.

Heinz have launched a grown your own initiative to encourage families to get into their gardens and grow some tomatoes of their own. For more information you can log onto their Facebook page where there are fun games for the family and free seeds being offered.

This is a sponsored post, Heinz sent me some seeds and gardening things for the children and will provide hamper of products if I publish 2 more posts tracking the progress of the seeds. All words and opinions are of course my own and I really do love growing vegetables.

8 Comments

  1. Thats cool. We set our tomato and carrot seeds off about a month ago, almost ready for pots now 🙂 the kids are so excited and ask everyday if they can eat their carrots yet hehe.

    • I’m always a bit late getting them done, I don’t think all that cold weather helped this year. Didn’t really motivate you to plant things did it?

  2. Kath Knitty Mummy

    April 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

    We did the same this morning – I loved showing my son how everything had different sized seeds and that we were growing each thing for a different reason. We planted lots of herbs, peas, beans, spring onions, tomatoes, sunflowers (for the birds) and the one I’m most intrigued about – white strawberries that taste like pineapple!

    • I think it’s such an important thing to connect children to where food really comes from. Love the idea of those strawberries, I’m all for weird combinations that you can’t buy in the shops.

  3. Chris @thinlyspread

    April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Perfect! This has made me smile very widely! Growing things to eat with kids and giving them that connection with the planet, the sun and the weather is one of the absolute best life skills to pass on. 🙂

  4. Oh dear, you may not be much of a gardener but you are MUCH more ambitious that I am–I always buy tomato plants! Good luck with your seeds though, I can see how this would be a fab experience for your daughter to see (seeds to table!).

  5. sabrina montagnoli

    April 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Oh sounds great! I keep saying I’m going to look into what I can grow inside with my wee man!

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