The vegetable patch in our garden
Growing your own food is one of the easiest, most enjoyable things you can do in your spare time. What’s ever better is getting your children involved too.
For me growing our food is a wonderful way of teaching my children where the food we eat comes from. Many children, toddlers especially, have an understanding that their food comes from the supermarket, but they don’t actually know where the supermarkets get the food from.
R and M, our three year old twins, understand that some foods come from underground such as potatoes and carrots, and that some food such as strawberries come from plants above ground.
I’m not an expert when it comes to growing food, but I’ve read what the seed packets say about the best months to sow your seeds and when you should start to harvest them so I have some knowledge.
You can also find lots of handy guides and tips online.
We started sowing our seeds back in March. I went to our local garden centre with R and M and they helped me chose which fruit and vegetables to grow.
We chose some carrots, potatoes, spring onions, tomatoes, strawberries, curly kale and some salads such as lettuce leaves and rocket.
We sowed our carrot and spring onion seeds first, followed by our salad seeds and tomato seeds.
We then planted our potatoes and strawberry plants.
R and M really enjoyed helping. I gave them a spade each and they dug little trenches for the seeds to go in and they loved filling up the potato planter with compost!
Over the weeks they’ve helped me to water and prune them as needed and now we are finally able to reap some of our rewards!
Our carrots have done amazingly well!
R and M loved pulling some of them up the other day. They thought it was brilliant holding the carrot tops and then giving them a good pull! They even helped me to wash them afterwards.
They were so excited that they couldn’t wait for me to cook them so they had some carrot sticks as a snack which went down a treat!
When it came to the potatoes they thought it was great digging through the mud to find them! It was like a treasure hunt!
They also pulled a few spring onions up too and are always checking the strawberry plant for strawberries!
Our tomatoes still have a bit of growing to do, but they’re doing well too!
I think it’s great that the girls can just wander into the garden and pull up an array of vegetables and fruit and we can have them on the table to eat within minutes!
This is the first year that I’ve properly grown our own food and as well as saving us money, it’s just so convenient to be able to go in the garden and get what I need without the hassle of going to the shop!
Do you grow your own? Give it a go!