We were recently sent a lovely package from Seedlets a new company with the aim of getting children growing their own food and just enjoying being in the garden and getting stuck in.
Ky was hugely excited by this. he loves to be involved with anything in the Garden, when he was 3 we grew the biggest sun flowers 🙂 We tried again last year but the rabbit ate them *sighs. We sadly no longer have out rabbit (rip) and this year we are going all out with our garden. Although we have a very small concrete garden we have brought many of these stacker plant pots that stack together, where e currently have thyme, sweet basil, rosemary and mint growing. We also have 4 cherry tomato plants growing. If you could cross your fingers for them to live for us that would be great as they look like they are on the way out 🙁
We also have a rose bush we are growing, it is still very small but I am really surprised at how quickly the leaves grow once it gets going. I think I am actually more excited than Ky for when buds form and it flowers.
We do try to involve Baby J with our gardening but with him only being 19 months old he would prefer to just throw the soil which isn’t the best for our seeds, so we tend to just make him a little sensory bit where he has a pot and he can put the soil into. He will definitely be participating in our sunflower growing though! We have lots of exciting sunflower seeds this year of different types of sunflowers not just the giant ones so we are looking forward to watching them form.
Anyway back to seedlets, Here is what we were sent along with some advice:
Always water your plants gently and to their base, making sure that the water reaches the roots quickly and before the sun or the wind take it away. You can undertake a small test to check if the soil is moist: dip your finger into the soil – moist soil will stick to your finger, if it’s dry your finger will remain clean and its time to water.
Essential garden equipment for all young gardeners. The trowel is for digging holes and planting your plants. Loosening and turning over the soil with your hand fork will make it easier to plant or sow seed. The hand fork will work to make your soil level and crumbly, free of lumps and bumps.
Sow in a large pot or window box and put outside the back door. When the plants are big enough to eat cut them back with scissors to about 2cm from their base. The cut foliage goes in the salad bowl or sandwich.
What do I think??
I think this is such a fabulous idea, I think it is very important for children to understand how things grow, that and it’s really fun to watch things start from a seed and then be able to grow into something you and eat. Ky really enjoys the fact that he can now water our plant with his special watering can and now has his little daily job to check on them 🙂
You can find more information on there site: http://www.myseedlets.com