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Top 5 seeds to sow with kids.

Not all seeds are created equal! Some are nice and easy to grow and others are a little more particular about conditions before they even attempt to poke their head above compost. If you are gardening with kids you want successes. That way they will stay interested and are more likely to want to do more gardening in the future.  I’ve put together a list of a few of my top seeds to grow with kids that are easy and rewarding.

Potatoes

What child doesn’t like digging for buried treasure? Potatoes are so simple and again they can be grown in pots or bags if you are short on space. You can buy seed potatoes (these are basically a potato) from any good garden centre in spring. Pop them in a bright, cool place where they will then start to grow short, stubby sprouts (this process is known as chitting). Once they have these sprouts they can then be planted in the ground or with certain varieties planted into bags. We often use old compost bags here – fill about a third with compost, place 3 seed potatoes per bag, cover with more compost and keep topping up with more compost to bury the emerging leaves. Don’t forget to water it. When they’re ready to harvest just cut open the bag and leave the kids to rummage around until they found all the treasure.
Can be grown in pots.

Sunflowers

There’s a sunflower for everyone. Whether you want a small one with lots of flowers or tall one with a single huge flower and then everything inbetween. Often the smaller varieties are fine in pots if you don’t have a garden to grow them in. They will need support  in the form of a cane or stake especially the taller variaties as some of these can grow 2-3m!
Can be grown in pots.

Carrots

One of the great things about growing your own food is you can grow things you wouldn’t find in the supermarket. I know, I know you can buy carrots from the supermarket but you can’t normally buy purple, yellow and red carrots! They are easy to grow in a large deep container or in the ground. Normally in pots the seedlings are a little safer from slugs. A handy hint is to keep the pot up high (60cm plus), carrot fly is a pesky fly whos larvae tunnels into the carrots causing them to rot. The handy thing is that they fly at ground level so if you can keep them up high the carrots should remain unscathed.
Can be grown in pots.

Peas

A great value vegetable to grow. You can grow them for pea shoots (the top growing tip of the plant) and eat it like you would salad, mangetout or fully grown peas out of the pod. You can grow shorter varieties which would again be fine in a large pot, just make sure you provide some support for the peas to climb up. These have always been really popular with the children I have taught over the years. They love picking the pod and getting to split it open to reveal a lovely row of green peas that they can then eat straight away. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
Can be grown in pots.

Cress

With age many of us develop patience. This is perhaps not in abundance with a 3 year old! Cress is perfect for even the most impatient of us. Once sown you will see it starting to grow in 24hrs and it will be ready to eat in about 7-14days. The other great thing with cress is it can been grown all year round on a windowsill in your home on nothing more than a bit of damp cottonwool.
Grow in anything on a little bit of damp cottonwool.

This really is the tip of the iceberg as far as seeds go. There are so many fruits, vegetables and flowers that can be grown from seed once you start you’ll be hooked! Good luck and comment below with any of your own seed suggestions.

Autumn Fun

Kings & Queens of the garden!

The Tiny Trowelers became Kings and Queens of the garden this week. We created fabulous crowns decorated with petals & leaves from around the garden. They looked great! I’m not sure Bromsgrove is ready for me to parade down the highstreet in mine just yet, there are definitely some things only kids can get away with!

Completed Creations & Chomping!

The sun has shone for us this week and we have a great time in the Tiny Trowels garden. The colourful pots the Tiny Trowelers were busy painting last term look brilliant. We’ve planted the gladioli into these pots and they are now ready to give to someone special on Sunday (Dad’s you haven’t read this!!). We’ve also had fun picking and shelling broad beans along with tasting mangetout and some gorgeously sweet strawberries! 😀

Potions & Painting

A great week in the Tiny Trowels garden! The Tiny Trowelers have been busy putting the finishing coat of paint on their colourful pots. We have also been brewing up some special potions to help our plants grow big and strong (no newt or frog were harmed during potion making!).  The sunflowers are growing nicely, competition is not yet fierce. That said there was a lot of watering going on by some! Once the potions are ready we may have some world record breakers!!

It’s half term next week so I will see you all the following week. Have a lovely break!

Mud, Glorious Mud!

Great sessions this week with the Tiny Trowelers….. what’s not to love about mud painting! Take a good dollop of mud, add water till you have the perfect brown paint and then, go crazy. We had mud monsters coming out of mud caves, mud handprints, mud paint flicking,  there was even a mud me painted on the tree (thank you Darcie, I love my big smiley face)!

We also planted up some grass egg heads that the Tiny Trowelers will grow on at home and eventually they will need a haircut! I may give mine a mohican, watch this space and feel free to share your pictures!

Tin can planters for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day surpriseThe Tiny Trowelers have been busy planting pansies for their Mummy’s. The old baked bean cans look great and their little fingers were perfect for this fiddly task (unlike mine!).

tin can plantersLook at that concentration using the water sprayers to water their pots

tin can plantersAll finished!

tin can planters