Creating Our Garden – Part Two, Sunflowers and Sunshine

April 13, 2013
Sunflowers and Sunshine

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.

Lucas and SunflowersLucas in Flowers

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.

Picking Petals

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  • Coombe Mill

    Planting season seams to come round so fast! I love your little helper, I really need to move our orphan lambs from my greenhouse and claim it back for the summer! Thank you for linking up.

    April 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Ha ha, those lambs will become part of the family soon! Gardening seems much more fun with my little helper 🙂

      April 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Emma T

    Wish I knew a bit more about gardening (and was interested as our garden’s still a padddock). Have got a grow your own strawberry kit though, so hopefully that will start getting N interested.

    April 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I really don’t know anything about gardening! Just thought I would give it a go and see what happens; I have a friend I pester for advice 🙂

      April 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Domestic Goddesque

    Great post. I’m hopeless at gardening so we do a lot of spring planting!

    April 15, 2013 at 10:19 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I am definitely not a natural gardener but I like this planting in pots business, suits me!

      April 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Anne Stone

    what a lovely post, I’m planning on doing some planting with my kids very soon, we have seeds and pots now we just need to go outside and get started! After reading this I feel more inspired 🙂

    April 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      It is great fun and so easy to do, I think I have shocked my husband by actually planting things! Lets just hope that they sprout now 🙂

      April 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

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