I’m not a gardener. In fact I’m not even interested in really trying to garden. But I would quite like a nice garden that looks like a garden rather than a paddock.
At the moment ours is a great place for playing in, has some (flukily) nice bright flowers in the wall (fast growing children’s flowers that we planted the seeds of last year, and have come up again…my type of gardening).
In the past we’ve had flowers planted in our muddy/rocky area to the side of the house, but they were too much hassle, needing replanting and bringing in for the winter. I need no hassle. I love how the cloves come up year and year again – no idea where from as none were planted there.
But I do want to get N interested in gardening (I hoped Granny & Gramps would train him up so he could just take over our garden for us, but that’s not looking like it’s happening!). So we’ve resorted to seeds and pots that I should be able to cope with. I say should, because last year we tried a strawberry plant, and this year, rocket…both failed to get past the sprouting stage. And I’ve also managed to kill the Gerbera plant that N gave me for mother’s day.
But we’ve tried some tomatoes this year. They’ve been flying…and have taken over our kitchen window sills. Thankfully we have 2 aspects with large window ledges but even so, it’s like a jungle.
The tomato (and rocket, but we’ll forget about that one) plants started off in those little pots you can buy from supermarkets. A pot with a small circle of compost that you add water to and it puffs up to fill the pot. You just put the seeds in, water a bit, and next thing you know they’ve sprouted at speed. N was very excited about the compost growing, so much so, that the seeds were rather overdone when he planted them.
On the whole, he was more interested in watering…not the plants, just his cosy coupe and tractor. Give a child some water, and it’ll never go where it needs to go.
After the tomatoes started sprouting, we then thinned them out a bit into different pots – instead of 1 pot, we now have about 10 and could probably do with more than that.
I’ve been watering them each day as where they are is a bit inconvenient for N to reach. Hopefully when I work out what I need to do with them next, I’ll get N involved. He likes spooning compost everywhere, from one pot to another.
We’ve also got some sunflowers that N planted. Again, in a little mini plastic greenhouse. We just had to plant the seeds, pop the pot back in the ‘greenhouse’ and leave, watering occasionally. What’s great about these seeds, is how quickly they grow which means N does show some vague interest in items that he started off by planting.
Within a week the 3 seeds had grown higher than the greenhouse, and we’ve had to use cocktail sticks, and now pencils to prop them up.
The next stage is to plant them outside. I’m not sure if they should be outside in the soil (best place is going to be up against our fence, but that means digging out a bit of grass to get them planted. Or in a larger pot. If the latter, there’s a danger that the dogs might run off with the pot, unless it’s a huge and heavy one. I also need to track down some canes, so hopefully Grampy has some in his garage.
I have to say, I think I’m more excited about our planting than N is. Mainly because I suppose he’s still just seeing plants but no fruits or blossoms yet, so hopefully once they’re planted out of their current pots, we’ll have something to harvest or a pretty sunflower to look at and measure. Gardening with children’s definitely more interesting than doing it alone, but keeping the child interested is quite difficult.
What have you planted with your child? Have you any tips for us on easy to grow and maintain plants?