This week we have taken advantage of a little bit of sun and spent some time in our ‘work in progress’ garden planting seeds and flowers. Lucas has already had some experience at planting seeds at Grandma’s and Grandad’s but unfortunately since these were planted we have had mostly snow and frost so we aren’t sure if they have survived! I thought I would go for something simple to brighten up the small bit of garden we have started work on. I nipped out to our local supermarket and picked up some bedding plants, sunflower seeds, compost soil and some plastic pots. Everything was really reasonable and I think its a easy way to make a start on gardening with your toddler. I also picked up some carrot and radish seeds and we are hoping to put in a raised bed which will be the perfect height for Lucas to sow, water and harvest his vegetables. This may even encourage him to try some different foods so I’m really keen to make a start on this.
We waited for some nice weather before getting stuck in; Lucas loved putting the soil into the pots with his little trowel and as you can see he was quite keen on making sure each pot had as many seeds as possible. While he wasn’t looking I sneaked a few out so they have room to grow. I’ve lined them up in a sunny spot and we gave them a good drink. I hope we can see some shoots soon and it will give us an excuse to go out in the garden and see how they are getting on. We might even have a little competition were we each choose a sunflower and see whose gets the tallest. We also scattered a few wild flower seeds in a large flowerpot so hopefully we’ll get some bright colours coming through in there.
I planted the bedding plants in a little flower bed which Lucas can water. By the time I was planting them he had lost interest a bit but was happy to come back when I’d finished to play trains through them! Luckily them seem to have survived and he likes to look at them when we are in the garden, even if he does occasionally think the petals are for picking and waving. The thing I love most about planting is that it is a great ongoing project for us; we can regularly go outside and check on our sunflowers and see how they are growing, it’s a perfect excuse to get outside.