Project Garden – Planting Seeds

May 31, 2014



We have this patch of land at the back of our house, for the first summer it was a waste land, the second summer we had managed to lay some grass and cleared some space for a toddler garden, this summer we can see signs of it becoming a fully fledged, family friendly outdoor space. We are most definitely beginner gardeners but slowly we are starting to learn more. I never thought I would get so much enjoyment from seeing things growing in our garden but I love it, I love looking around it and seeing all the hard work that we (or my husband) has put into it. I love seeing Lucas playing out in it, hearing him engrossed in his imaginary games and I know that he is in a safe space. He has started to take notice of the plants growing, he smells the lavender, spots bees and is learning the names of our visiting birds. When the sun is shining he will spend all day out there. When it is raining he will stand at the window and ask to go in the garden.

We started out at the beginning of spring cleaning out the spaces that had got out of control over the winter and planting some new plants in Lucas’ garden, adding a couple of fuchsias to pots we have had standing empty for quite some time and laying some bark over the areas that needed to be hidden from view. We also planted some sunflower seeds which took beautifully last year but haven’t been as successful this time round. We can’t even open the door to the back garden without hearing a little voice chirping up about digging.



We have so many plans for our little outdoor space and I have a few more updates to share but I think I need to go into other peoples gardens and make lists of their plants! I really am clueless when it comes to the fauna but we’ve got to start somewhere.

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  • Annie

    what a lovely project you have ahead! Looking forward to seeing more of your progress in time …

    May 31, 2014 at 10:56 am Reply
  • Charlotte

    Lovely pictures, that hat is so cute! Good luck with your garden transformation, I’m a bit rubbish with the flower aspect myself!

    May 31, 2014 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Vicki

    A toddler garden is such a lovely idea & I know how much Lucas likes being out there. He will get so excited as it all starts to grow

    May 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    You would have laughed at me today. Our garden is a tip and I stood outside for about half an hour, with my hands on my hips, and was paralysed unable to tell which were plants and which were weeds. I’m facing the garden whilst typing this and I still don’t know. So however limited you think your skills are … there’s always worse 😉

    May 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply
  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    What a keen gardener! My son who is 4 is not helping me in my pottering at all =P

    Hes such a natural =) #countrykids

    June 1, 2014 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Mae @ Mommy Loves Trees

    Gardening is always a good idea, even in small chunks.

    June 1, 2014 at 2:33 am Reply
  • The Reading Residence

    Making a list like that is a great idea. I choose most of my plants from picking things that I see elsewhere – garden centres, NT gardens, my mum’s garden etc. Should be fun! x

    June 1, 2014 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Coombe Mill - Fiona

    It’s all taking shape so well and it’s great that it’s a whole family project that you can all be proud of and enjoy the reaping the rewards of your hard work. It’s great to get Lucas involved with the gardening and a chance for him to explore nature hands on. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    June 1, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Elizabeth

    There’s something intensely satisfying about getting one’s hands stuck into the dirt with gardening, even as an adult. A great excuse to get mucky! 🙂 I bet your garden will look fab once it’s established and you’ll have so much fun getting it there. Good luck! Popping over from #countrykids

    June 1, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Mammasaurus

    Gardening together like that is just the best – a bit of work and you soon start to see the changes it makes and that spurs you on to do more and more!

    Thanks ever so much for joining in x

    June 3, 2014 at 12:53 am Reply
  • Donna

    Oh look at him doing his planting! He is just so gorgeous! I wanted to start teaching LP about planting and things this year but she really doesn’t have a clue! x

    June 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply
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