Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Project 365: Days 132 - 138

Day 132: Biscuits at bedtime - my boys love to have a treat at bedtime and he's sat like Lord Muck in my bed eating biscuits and drinking milk.  I'll regret that when I get into bed later.

Day 133: Jigsaws - it's E's favourite thing to do.  He did about five after school today and they covered my sitting room floor. He won't let us break them up straight away so they had to stay there for a while.

Day 134: Drying dishes - my dishwasher has broken and we have to wait a week for a part to be delivered but it's given Z the chance to help with some chores and he's discovered that he loves drying the dishes.  I wonder how long that will last!

Day 135: Firemen - Dress up time and O has decided to be a fireman.  He'll only wear the hat though.

Day 136: Jumping in puddles - O is doing what he loves best and that's finding as many puddles as he can and jumping in them.

Day 137: Trampoline fun - O is enjoying himself on the trampoline.  It's so nice to have some decent weather so the boys can play in the garden.
Day 138: Gardening (again) - it's the boys weekly gardening time and this week we planted some strawberries.  They ha great fun filling the hanging baskets with compost.

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Project 365: Days 125 - 131

Day 125: Gardening - it was a beautiful day so we decided to do some gardening.  The boys planted tomato, broccoli, chilli and salad leaf seeds.  They love doing the gardening and get so excited at the thought of growing their own fruit and veg.

Day 126: A day at a castle - today was a bank holiday so we spent the day exploring Cardiff Castle.  The grounds are beautiful so we took a picnic and sat on the grass.  The boys enjoyed running around playing in the sun.  We did go through the wartime tunnels (which are amazing and ever so slightly frightening) but my youngest got a bit scared of all the noises.  

Day 127: Mealtime - my youngest waiting very impatiently for his food.

Day 128: they're growing! - we were very excited today to see that the pumpkin seeds are growing.  It's such a lovely feeling to see something that you've planted, grow.  

Day 129: windy - we went down to Cardiff Bay for a walk and it was so windy that O wouldn't let go of his hood.  I don't blame him as he had worn his Thomas cap but that blew off his head (a kind workman rescued it for me) so he wasn't taking any chances.  We spent a lovely hour running around and looking at the ducks before going for coffee and cake.

Day 130: a visitor - this was my sight when I went to bed tonight.  I hadn't even heard him go into my bed.  He was so comfortable that I almost left him there.  Almost, but not quite.  I did put him back into his own bed.

Day 131: haircut - he wasn't very happy when we took him for a haircut, but after a bit of bribery from the hairdresser (armed with a bag of Haribo) he finally gave in.  He actually looks like he's enjoying himself in that photo.

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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Project 365: Days 118 - 124

Day 118: Spring clean - I spent most of today cleaning and I can honestly say that the novelty of having a steam cleaner hasn't worn off yet.  If it stood still for long enough, it got cleaned.

Day 119: Swing - I love these nice days when the boys get to go out to play after school.  Here my oldest boy is enjoying himself on the swing.

Day 120: Bubble wrap - Is there anything better than bubble wrap?  I had a delivery of cleaning products today and there was loads of bubble wrap in the box.  The boys spent ages popping it before my middle boy decided to wrap himself up in it.

Day 121: Bouncing - another lovely day so another day on the garden after school.  The boys love the trampoline and spend hours bouncing on it.

Day 122: Tractor ride - we had to go shopping today and I let my little one nag talk me into letting him go on  the little tractor ride.  He did enjoy it but I know that next time we go shopping he'll be expecting to go on it again.

Day 123: Gardening - my little one planted some sunflower seeds today.  He had great fun digging in the compost and loved getting dirty.  

Day 124: Daddy's shoes - he was very sweet stomping around wearing daddy's shoes today.  It reminds me of a picture that my parents had when I was small called 'Mummy's Shoes'.  Everyone thought I looked like the little girl in the picture.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Seed Pantry Review

A few years ago I decided to start growing my own fruit and vegetables as I wanted to be a bit more self sufficient and show my children that fruit and vegetables don't just come from the supermarket.  As my garden is my children's own personal playground I had to grow everything in containers but it worked out really well and we enjoyed some lovely potatoes, carrots and strawberries through the summer.  I fully intended to continue with it but the arrival of my third child disrupted my routine so I ended up abandoning my kitchen garden for a couple of years.

I'd decided that this year I was going to start again as my boys are older and able to help me, so when I was contacted to ask if I'd be interested in reviewing an item from Seed Pantry I jumped at the chance.

I chose to review the Children's The Me Seeds Starter Kit as I thought it would be a fun way for the children to start getting used to planting seeds and I knew that they would love having some of their very own.

The kit arrived quickly and I was very excited to open it and find out what we would be planting.  Inside I found pumpkin, sweetcorn, cress and sunflower seeds, along with coir pots, compost discs, wooden markers, instructions and an advice booklet.  Everything I needed to get started straight away.

We started with the pumpkin and sweetcorn seeds as according to the advice booklet, these are best started in the coir pots.  I soaked the compost discs and the boys were fascinated to see them grow.  We squeezed them into the coir pots and then I gave the boys the seeds to plant.  They did find it a bit difficult to push the seeds into the compost so I helped them out with this.  They then got to work writing the name of the plant and their own name on the wooden markers.

When they were all done we popped them into an egg carton and put them on the kitchen windowsill as they need to be started off indoors.

Next, the boys wanted to plant their sunflower seeds.  We got some big pots and the boys filled them with compost which they loved as they got very dirty!  It took them a while but they enjoyed doing it.  I gave them three sunflower seeds each to put in their pots and then they covered them over with more compost and gave them some water.

They are already arguing about who is going to grow the tallest sunflower.

We're leaving the cress for another day as the boys had been hard at work for some time.  They looked like true gardeners with their black hands.

I thought the kit was great as there were plenty of seeds for all of my boys (my youngest didn't get involved as he was ill so we'll be planting his later in the week).  The boys are excited to water their plants and wait for the first little shoots.  What is also great is that some of the seeds grow really quickly so the children haven't got to wait for too long.  I'll probably start with planting some cress with my youngest boy as he'll be amazed to see it grow really quickly.

The kit is good value for money and I think it would make a lovely gift for a child of any age.

All this planting has made me think about getting my own started so I ordered all my seeds and plants this week.  There'll be a lot more planting going on next weekend.

I'll keep you updated with how the plants are doing so look out for my next post.

Is anyone else growing their own this year?

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Project 365: Days 111 - 117

Day 111: New bed - my little one is asleep in his new bed but it hasn't been easy.  He keeps going back into my bed any chance he gets.  I'm sure we'll get there but it could be a difficult week.  Wish me luck.

Day 112: Spring cleaning - I've been sent a steam cleaner to review and I'm strangely excited at the prospect.  Is that wrong?

Day 113: Having fun - I got up to find my three boys playing and looking at books in our new mini library (how posh am I?)  It was a lovely sight to see them all smiling and laughing,

Day 114: For sale - I'm trying to make a bit of extra cash by eBaying anything I can.  The only downside is having a bedroom full of bags of items for sale.

Day 115: Colouring - my middle and youngest boys decided to do a bit of colouring today.  The only problem was that my youngest decided to colour himself in too.  

Day 116: Smiles - but unfortunately this was quickly followed by tears as my little one developed a really bad cough which I think is croup.  He was really poorly and I was up with him for most of the night.  I hope he gets well soon.

Day 117: Gardening - we did some planting today; the boys planted sunflower, pumpkin and sweetcorn seeds that we were sent to review.  They really enjoyed themselves and can't wait to do some more.

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