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Getting your garden summer ready!

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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, I’m sure you will agree there is no where better to enjoy a cuppa on a summers evening! With summer rapidly approaching, and the evenings being lighter, my thoughts have turned to gardening! It’s time to get the garden ready for summer!

Gardening – Maintenance

It is time to get the lawn mower out! May is time to start mowing the lawn again, and that means it becomes a weekly job until Autumn. I also like to try to do some weeding every week – just to keep on top of things, although I confess I’m not very good at remembering to! Getting on with these jobs I do find I need to replace certain garden tools, and Garden Tool Box is a good resource for finding the best garden tools.

Add some colour!

I love to add some colour to my garden using hanging baskets. You can buy them ready planted, but I admit I quite like planting my own! Empty, used hanging baskets seem to regularly turn up on selling groups so it is worth keeping your eyes peeled! It’s fun planting hanging baskets as you can choose exactly the colours you want. This year I’m hoping to find some cast iron garden furniture and paint it in a deep blue – a new colourful feature for my garden! If you don’t need new garden furniture, make sure yours is clean and ready to use – perhaps invest in new cushions for chairs – it’s a great way to cheaply introduce a fresh colour.

gardening in pots

Grow your own!

I have to admit that I don’t grow anywhere near as much fruit and vegetables as I should. If you have a limited garden space, you can still grow your own vegetables – plant them up in pots! Potatoes grow really well in potato sacks, we had a huge crop last year and they were so tasty! I am going to attempt sweetcorn again this year, last year was a disaster – we got nothing more than a narrow plant. I think even growing a few herbs in a small pot really makes a garden wonderful in summer.

Relax

Make sure you find a space in your garden where you can relax. Sometimes it is hard to remember that your garden needs a grown-up space where you can relax with a good book! I love the children being able to play in the garden, but I have reserved a space for grown ups using my table and chairs! I’ve created the area using pots planted of lavender and rosemary which carefully mark out the grown up space. This way we can all enjoy the garden this summer!

Let it grow..

We are blessed to have a lovely garden, and Boo loves being outside – whatever the weather he loves digging about in the mud, running around dressed as a cowboy and generally having plenty of fun! I have to confess though, that I have never thought about actually encouraging him to actually grow things himself – we talk about what things are and discover things but have never attempted to grow very much at all.. We did attempt tomatoes last year but unfortunately the skins on them were very thick and tasted “yuk” (that’s the word from the then 3yr old!) so we weren’t entirely successful. Over the last few months though, Boo has started to show an interest in growing fruit and vegetables or colourful plants from seed!

So, imagine Boo’s excitement when he received his own gardening kit:



We wasted no time and Boo started planting some seeds! One of the great things about gardening, is you can also encourage other skills – for example Boo carefully wrote the labels for each of the seeds he planted:

Boo has been hugely attentive of his seeds and within 10days he came screaming across the garden to tell me that he had a seedling:

How exciting! If it grows into a huge plant I will update! He’s also decided to grow a variety of vegetables, which are doing really well too, and we’re all looking forward to tasting anything we manage to grow, we’re attempting courgettes and tomatoes – wish us luck! x

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge