We’re In The Garden – Gardening With Toddlers

March 16, 2013

Sowing with Granded

This week we have had the most fun outdoors and it has all been in the garden while we tried out best to do some gardening with toddlers. I have a small confession to make; we moved into a new build house 8 months ago and we still haven’t had the garden done! It makes me a little sad to look out on it and see it so unloved but we still managed a little time out there this week and we are hoping to start work on it in a couple of weeks. It just looks so daunting at the moment but I know we just have to crack on. We even have a swing all ready to go in it and I am looking forward to summer days in the garden.

Gardening with toddlers

In the meantime we have commandeered the Grandparent’s garden; Grandma invited us round for a spot of gardening this week. It’s fair to say I was sceptical that Lucas would stay still long enough to ‘garden’ but he loved getting involved. His cousin is six months older than Lucas and he got stuck in right away and was able to show him what to do. They had a watering can each and helped to sow the seeds and add a little sign to their troughs.

Lucas spent a lot of his time playing with the plastic wheelbarrow and transporting the tools around the patio. When he realised that water came out of the watering can he started to water the floor so he could splash in it. It makes me so happy to see him exploring and discovering and spending quality time with his cousin, it’s lovely to think we are making memories for them when they are older. We planted some peas and carrots and now everytime we go round we can see how they are getting on and water them. Eventually, we are hoping to be able to eat our peas and carrots. This will be great for them; to have grown something from the seed and then be able to eat it from the plant, I just love it! I hope we can do the same in our little outdoor space and make a toddler garden area for Lucas were we can plant things together and he can get stuck in with the digging. It is such a lovely way to spend time together.

In The Garden


 For the Outdoor Fun I’m linking up to Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.
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  • OneDad3Girls

    That is so cute, I love their little aprons.

    My girls love helping out in the garden but they end up covered in mud

    March 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I can imagine that these two will be similar as they get older and will get covered, but then that’s all part of the fun 🙂

      March 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Nichola Fabfortymum

    How lovely, our girls love helping in the garden too. Their aprons are fab

    March 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Lucas loves being outside and I’m loving getting out in our borrowed garden! Aprons were a Christmas present from Grandma, super cute!

      March 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Leyla Brooke

    We recently moved too the garden is out job this year

    March 17, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Isn’t awful looking out on it and thinking how nice it could be! Can’t wait for ours to be done.

      March 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Laura CYMFT

    Kids love helping in the garden, don’t they? Their aprons are really cute!

    March 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I know, I love the aprons! They were meant to be for baking I think but they like to be outside more.

      March 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Charlotte

    I can’t wait for Bob to help in the garden this year! Lovely photos! x

    March 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Thank you, it’s so much fun to let them loose in the garden. I can’t wait for ours to be done! x

      March 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Jenny Paulin

    what a cute little garden helper Lucas is! Burton enjoyed helping his grandparents when he was younger and i keep meaning to plant some seed in our new garden but i havent researched what we can do yet. maybe i need to enlist his grandparents for advice as yours have done. lovely photos Hayley – wait until he sees what he has planted grow, he will love it x

    March 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I was so pleased when his Grandparents wanted to do it and we’ll try in our garden too. They just got some trough planters, compost and seeds, so easy and I think it was all from Asda! I spotted a little book in our library and it tells you want to plant when so we’ll have a go over Easter. I can imagine your boys would love it! xx

      March 18, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Coombe Mill

    I love this Hayley, I hope it has inspired you for your own garden; how exciting to have a blank canvas to work on. Lucus will have to check on his peas and carrots when he goes to vist his grandparents over the coming months. A great way to learn about food. Thank you for linking up.

    March 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Definitely, we will have a little ‘food garden’ area in ours. It was so easy to do and I can’t wait until he can actually see the plants and then eat the produce, hopefully! It’s a great way to get them involved in the garden x

      March 18, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

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