We picked some kale, parsley and basil from our vegetable garden and added it to our broccoli and leek soup tonight.
“It was the most delicious soup I’ve ever tasted! Especially with the bread. I loved the soup as much as I loved the bread.”
One week after planting rye grass seeds!
“It looks really good and it was really fun to do. It’s fun to get messy with the dirt.”
We had a picnic for Easter and I collected more than a trillion infinity acorns.
I liked the crunchy leaves, ducks, sculptures, lilypads, and ACORNS!
I planted grass seeds in my new piggy egg cup but they haven’t sprouted yet.
Hope you have a Hoppy Easter!
Lily (5 years)
Our little green thumb Lily recently celebrated her 5th birthday and got a few great gardening-themed presents.
Mr. Fothergill’s has some great kits for kids which come with a colourful pot, seeds, soil and stickers for decorating the pot. Lily got a mini sunflower one and another which grows a few different types of edible flowers. She is particularly excited at the thought of being able to eat the flowers!
Another great gift she got was a little decorative rain gauge. She is particularly interested in science at the moment so I know she will enjoy going out to the garden to measure how much rain we’ve had.
Last but not least, she also received some heirloom vegetable seeds, for multi-coloured capsicums and round-shaped zucchini. Heirloom vegetables are exciting for kids (and adults!) to grow as they are so unique and fun to try eating – we can’t wait to plant them.
Today we planted our first tender kale, baby spinach and parsley seedlings (Lily: “Aww, they’re so cute!”), plus a few rows of carrot seeds. Not wanting to wake up tomorrow to find them obliterated, we decided to experiment with a couple natural slug and snail repellents.
The first was to save the eggshells from our lunch to scatter around the seedlings. Apparently slugs don’t like to walk around on eggshells 😉
We also set up two traps, one on either end of the garden bed, consisting of plastic party cups buried in the soil and filled with beer. Apparently slugs like stout almost as much as Lily’s dad does, and he very graciously donated half a bottle to our garden cause.
Fingers crossed our eggshells and slug pub works! The next natural slug control trick we are planning to try is a bit more aesthetic – planting nasturtium flowers around the borders of the garden bed.
Until next time!
Sneak peak at the raised garden bed at our new house – before and after weeding and raking. Note the forest of stinging nettles that mummy had to tackle before Lily could get in (Harriet the bunny clearly wasn’t fazed, though)!
We discovered worms, slugs, millipedes, spiders and a bee who Lily named ‘Mr. Honey Bee’. She felt bad for Mr. Honey Bee that we were pulling up all the soursob flowers he was visiting but she is looking forward to planting some new plants that he can visit (especially with yellow flowers, because they’re his favourite).
We are off to the garden shop tomorrow to stock up on veggie seeds, so stay tuned!