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Thursday, 12 September 2013

gardening with my girl

While I was pregnant, I had these vague 'Earth mother' aspirations - the baby would be in the sling, I'd be out in the garden, planting seeds or harvesting veg. Pah. In reality, the closest I got to gardening in those early months was pulling up the odd weed and snipping a rose or two for the mantelpiece.

I'd thought I'd be able to get out in the garden more with her this summer as she'd be able to play while I dug/sowed/picked. Hmm. Not so much. We had one of two situations: playing with the toys for a couple of minutes and then crawling off, normally in the direction of the latest cat poo addition to the lawn (thanks neighbourhood felines), or crawling over to investigate what I was doing, and pulling up/squashing whatever poor plant was in her reach.

Now she's walking, it's a little easier. Her 'helping' is very sweet, if not a little over zealous at times - the poor squashed salad seedlings are testament to this. She's now much more content to wander around, coming over to see what I'm doing every so often. And if we're out in the front garden, she'll stand and watch the cars go past through the garden gate. She spent a lot of time in the garden with Grandma last week - I think Grandma has taught her well!

So perhaps by next summer I will have cracked this 'gardening with a small child' malarkey. Either that or I'll be much more relaxed about the quantity of soil/worms/grass she eats!

I know lots of you grow your own veg, or even have allotments - how do you manage it with small children? Do I just need a big cage?!

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  1. Next year will be much easier ... this stage is the hardest because they are into everything ... we gave our littles a tiny little patch of their own ... maybe plant a few tomato plants or flowers for her to grow herself ... she can look after her garden while you tend yours ... Bee xx

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    1. Oh I like the thought of that - her busy at work while I am. I'll keep that in my mind! Thank you x

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  2. She is adorable! When my littles were actually little - one's 6ft now - I had a couple of raised beds for the things I didn't want squashed.

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    1. Ooh raised beds are a good idea - they are a pipe dream at the moment, but I know where I want them to go - hadn't thought of the possible toddler proof (ish) aspect of them! Thank you x

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  3. I don't think I really got any actual gardening done until they were about 3 - old enough to help and not just dig stuff up for the sake of digging it. Now, it's lovely. They help a bit with the initial planting and watering but then get bored and go and play leaving me to garden in peace, yet I still feel that they're involved. Bee's idea of giving her her own little patch or pot is brilliant. xx

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    1. That makes me v relieved to read that, thank you!! Not just me that doesn't get anything done yet! Digging stuff up for the sake of digging - I think I spent many an hour as a child doing that!

      It sounds like it works well for you now - they're involved, you get to garden in peace. It's a win:win situation! x

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  4. I'm not sure I do manage to do anything on our allotment if Wiggles is with me, if I'm honest! She likes to "help" too. And gets quite cross when I wont let her eat mud/weeds/snails. I tend to leave her at home napping and order the Husband to bring her along when she wakes up. Then a least one of us can be on Wiggle-Watch whilst the other does something useful!

    Kate xx
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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    1. Phew, glad you said that! I was wondering if it was just me doing something wrong/being lazy that meant I never achieved much in the garden. I need to make more use of nap times I think - hoovering and washing up can wait until it's dark outside!x

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