We don’t really have a ‘garden’, we live in a flat but we are lucky enough to have a little roof top where we can hang out our washing and kick a ball around as the shop below us has storage that runs further back than our flat does. It’s all walled off and there’s another flat above us, so we make use of it when we can.
The way our flat is, we get barely any sunlight, but Luke’s room has the most and happens to be the one that backs up into the ‘garden’. (I have no idea why we call it the garden, it’s really not a garden at all!)
We bought a little window sill ‘grow your own’ box of Basil the other day and I decided that Luke should get his green fingers out. I really didn’t want to miss out on some of the most basic and enjoyable Spring activities just because we don’t have an outdoor space to do some gardening.
Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen me post about these herbs and know how excited I was to plant them up with Luke.
I should have foreseen the disaster. Limited supply of seeds. Limited amount of soil. Seemingly unlimited supply of water…
All things considering, I think it went well. I was trying to take pictures while trying to keep him from tipping the content of the pots all over the floor.
We managed to save some seeds and un-drown the poor things after a crazy toddler melt down and now the little pot sits proudly on the only window sill we have in the entire house – Luke’s room.
I suppose, if it lives, when it’s time to harvest, we can bring it into the kitchen. But until then it can soak up the sunshine!
Luke did enjoy the experience, up until the melt down. He had fun playing with the soil and poking it about and crumbing it between his fingers. Over all, I think he found it to be a really fun sensory experience – maybe it would have been better had we got a grow bag or something larger for him to really explore in.
This is what the packet looks like when you peel off the lid.
Luke did quite well tipping the soil from one container to the next. We had to leave a bit aside to cover the seeds up.
Photographic proof, composed by Luke, that we have covered the seeds with the left over soil. It’s important for you all to know.
After watering, we patted the soil down.
I got told off for holding the pot.
Looking back through the pictures, I think he did quite well and I am excited to see little Basil sprouts soon!
What have you been busy planting in your gardens/flower pots/grow bags? I really want to plant up some nice flower pots, so if anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment!
Rachael is a 27 year old mum to 5 year old Luke and baby Oscar. She lives in England, slap bang on the border of Surrey and Hampshire. She writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.
My name is Rachael, I’m 27 and I live on the Surrey/Hampshire border. I live with my son, Luke who is 5, Oscar, born July ’18 and my boyfriend Mikey. Join me as I chat babies, kids, crafts, finance, days out, vegetarian recipes, fashion and more.
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