Tuesday 1 October 2013

Look what we've grown!

2013 has been the first year my daughter has wanted to take an interest in gardening. It's something I'm really keen for her to get involved with. It's such a fun activity to share. She's loved watching the process of making paper pots and using them to plant seeds in back in Spring. Then in April we started to see the first signs of Spring and our seeds started to germinate.

Fast forward to Autumn and we're enjoying homegrown tomatoes, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, chives, mint and a lovely crop of apples from the tree we inherited from the previous owner.

She also helped me grow borage to attract the bees, bright orange nasturtiums and huge sunflowers. I tried to choose plants with large seeds, so that her little fingers could get to grips with them.

By growing our own vegetables, I think it helps my daughter to try new flavours because she's been involved with the growing process. She loves grated cooked beetroot mashed into potatoes with creme fraiche, lots of butter and some salt and pepper for seasoning...we call it 'purple mash' and it's amazing with sausages, fresh greens and lots of gravy!

I'm celebrating being outside with my child, enjoying the Autumn sun and linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

Wow I have total garden envy. My greenhouse is all leaves and no tomatoes! I try the picking out the middle stem thing but I must get it wrong still. Looks like a total bounty. No wonder your daughter is keen with results like these! Thank you for sharing.

TheBoy said...

Oh seriously well done, how very impressive that you've managed to grow such a wonderful crop. 2013 was supposed to be the year that we grew loads and suddenly it's Autumn... Must try harder next year.

Nipping over from Country Kids.

Me, You and Magoo said...

Thanks for the lovely comments!
I tend to go crazy and do loads of work in the garden in April and May and then let it look after itself for the rest of the Summer (apart from the watering!)
I like to grow stuff that we like to eat...I can't get enough of the taste of homegrown tomatoes, so they are a must every year, even though they are a bit fiddly and time consuming with the pinching out of side shoots and lots of watering...but it's worth it.

The Mum With The Silk Scarf said...

Hi popping over from Country Kids, I love your post and its a great inspiration for growing your own veg. We tried before and failed but I'd like to give it a go again after reading this and it's great to get the children involved too.


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