This morning I received a big white box from the postman. It was recorded post too, exciting, I had to open it right away of course.
This post is my entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge”.
I took a photo of the lovely gardening kit before the boys got their mitts on it!
It had been raining most of the day, but there was a short sunny spell after cycling home from school. Perfect, I asked the boys to come outside and play. Jen was willing but I couldn’t pry D away from Mathletics on the internet.
Yes, still in school uniform. We head outside with the plan being plant the seeds in flower pots and pop them into our recently purchased greenhouse to start these seeds off properly.
He wasn’t so keen on the gloves, he wanted to feel the mud in between his fingers, fair enough!
After all the pots are full of potting compost, or “mud” as Jen calls it, he chose Polly Pansy seeds.
He sprinkles these across two pots, then time to label them up.
This packet says Pretty Flower Family, Jen tried to copy the words. Near enough I think.
Looks happy labelling his pots doesn’t he? Aww.
Now onto what he really wanted, the Sunflower seeds! He loves Sunflowers, and he opened this packet himself.
Muddy child, big smile, handful of seeds. “Mummmmm? Mum? Why aren’t these stripey like badgers? Are they broken?”
All gone, hidden under the mud so they grow nicer roots. Smart lad.
When all our pots had seeds in I moved them to the greenhouse as Jen didn’t want to drop them and hurt the baby plants.
Then some water, nice rain water from the waterbutt as he knows plants like this better than bleachy smelling tap water.
Here is the flower bed I have promised he can put these new plants in once they’ve grown strong enough. As you can see, I dug over the top soil. At the back is slate we picked up walking in Cornwall, it’s meant to look arty stacked like this, but it looks messy in these photos. Hmm, camera must be lying. It’s pretty.
I tell Jen he can have a couple of the Pansies I’ve been growing so he doesn’t have to wait ages to get digging.
Digging some holes. If you were wondering thats a cooking apple tree, it has pipe foam on it to hamper my bunnies efforts to strip the bark from it. It looks weird, but it work.
FLOWER IN THE HOLE!
Quickly burying the roots.
Squishy squashy mud.
Then Jen throws the mud at me and my camera, cheeky thing.
I asked Jen to hold up his picture, it says “My gardun Pansiys Jen” and has pictures of flowers he’s marked as pansies.
Lovely polite little chap, and so photogenic don’t you think? Ok ok, let’s agree on expressive shall we.
My view from the greenhouse. He looks tired. I wish he was… He’s still awake now, as I type this at nearly 9pm. Eek.
And then we leaf leave the new seeds in the greenhouse ready for the morning sunshine, and I water the two pretty little pansies in.
This is my entry to a BritMums and Money super market competition, we were given the seeds and gardening bag so we could take part.