Elma Family Garden Kitty

Growing

19/10/2014

Outside in our garden we have two raised flowerbeds.  We put them in when Kitty was still a teeny tiny little girl but after that year’s crop of six or so strawberries, a couple of rows of diminutive carrots and a glut of purple sprouting broccoli I’m sorry to say that they became rather neglected.

They had one more hurrah as a cutting garden for tulips and daffodils but since then they’ve been mostly growing grass and baby sycamore trees.  I’m not terribly green fingered.  Well actually I’m not green fingered at all, and my gardening style can most accurately be described as benign neglect.  But I do like the idea of growing a little something to supplement the contents of the kitchen cupboard, and more than that I like the idea of growing something with the girls to give them a sense of where food comes from and just how long it might take to grow.

So on a sunny Thursday afternoon, with Pip snoozing gently in his chair in the doorway we set out to reclaim our veg patch.  Suffice to say it was less a question of weeding, and more a sort of removal of turf. In giant chunks. With a spade.

And then we were ready for a little planting.  After the miniature carrots, oh and the parsnips that never grew I decided that whatever we were going to grow had to be pretty easy, and had to be something we actually eat.  So we’re starting with garlic.

We planted Solent Garlic and some Shakespeare Onions, both chosen from the garden centre pretty much on the basis of their names which I suspect is the gardening equivalent of choosing your car because you want a red one.

The cloves were easy for little fingers to get a grip on and Kitty really enjoyed pushing them into their rows, even if she wasn’t too keen on getting mud on her gardening gloves (they’ve got fairies on and she’s very fond of them) while Elma ran around in circles, gave us hugs and gave the garlic bulbs some very mistrustful stares.

But both of them just loved the watering stage.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It might have been about to pour with rain (again) but they were determined that not an inch of soil would be left dry, just in case.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And I hope that with all that loving care, and if we remember to put the netting on once the first shoots appear and do the occasional bit of weeding, come next summer we might just be eating garlic in everything!

 

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  • older mum in a muddle 19/10/2014 at 10:25 am

    I love this turn of phrase – ‘benign neglect’!!! Little A loves helping me in the garden and like Kitty and Elma, she loves pottering around with her watering can! X

    • Carie 19/10/2014 at 6:40 pm

      I think the watering can is what will keep them interested – although Kit quite enjoyed the planting too.

  • sally 19/10/2014 at 10:39 am

    Benign neglect pretty much sums me up with the garden too, though with a few spurts of effort which are not consistently followed through! I have said this will be the year, but it’s so hard when the beach is much more fun! Good luck with your patch, it sounds very manageable, hope your 2 helpers keep their enthusiasm.

    • Carie 19/10/2014 at 6:39 pm

      I really want to be dedicated to a veggie garden because I love the results, but I think it might just have skipped a generation in my DNA! Still, I’ve won half the battle this year in that I’ve actually planted what we bought – there have been years that I’ve bought a lovely selection of tulip bulbs and left them in the shed all winter because I just never got around to doing the planting!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 19/10/2014 at 7:14 pm

    Gorgeous photos Carie and this whole sentence made me laugh-

    ‘We planted Solent Garlic and some Shakespeare Onions, both chosen from the garden centre pretty much on the basis of their names which I suspect is the gardening equivalent of choosing your car because you want a red one.’

    That’s exactly how I am with gardening and with choosing cars. 😉

    Hopefully your little garden will grow and flourish though! x

    • Carie 20/10/2014 at 2:32 pm

      I’m so glad it’s not just me!

  • Emily 19/10/2014 at 7:53 pm

    Wow, what a great job your girlies have done. I kill every green thing I’ve ever tried to grow, so I have no tips for successful gardening, but very much inspired!

    • Carie 20/10/2014 at 2:33 pm

      I’m pretty much the same, I can only grow things that don’t actually need me to keep them alive!!

  • Emily 19/10/2014 at 8:44 pm

    I simply love the fact that you bought your garlic and onions because of their names. I have been known to pick paint colors based on their names. 😉 I just planted my garlic too…after a very unsuccessful harvest this year. I hope you have a bountiful harvest of garlic next summer.

    • Carie 20/10/2014 at 2:34 pm

      Oh paint colours definitely have to have good names – our hallway is in a shade called Borrowed Light which I loved just from the name – happily it’s also a very lovely soft grey/blue 🙂

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 19/10/2014 at 10:36 pm

    Haha Carie, I love the thought of choosing what to grow like you would a car! I’m a bit like this with our garden, and my Mum has to come and supervise to make sure what I’ve chosen is actually suitable and not just pretty! 🙂 #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 20/10/2014 at 2:34 pm

      I’ve been known to choose things that are probably unsuitable and just shove them in and hope for the best!!

  • Seychellesmama 20/10/2014 at 9:42 am

    Ahh how lovely!! Fingers crossed you get some nice garlic and onions soon 🙂

    • Carie 20/10/2014 at 2:35 pm

      Fingers crossed – we’ve got to wait until next summer so it’s a lesson in patience if nothing else!

  • Vickie 20/10/2014 at 9:44 pm

    Oh how wonderful! I do hope your planting is successful. Kitty and Elma look like they’re going to be excellent gardeners. 🙂

    We have a small veggie patch in the garden consisting of two raised beds and various troughs. It’s been pretty successful despite Bubs’ love of pulling up seedlings and ‘watering’ everything with sand. Last month we finally reached the top of the waiting list for a local allotment and I’m so excited to finally make a proper go of veggie growing.

    • Carie 22/10/2014 at 9:20 am

      Oh wow – an allotment would be very exciting. I love walking past our village allotments and trying to spot what’s coming up!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 21/10/2014 at 10:24 am

    Aaah I’m so jealous! Although my own success with growing things has been variable at best, I grew up with a big veg garden at home. I really want M to have the same but unfortunately we only have a balcony for the moment. Still, it’s enough to allow him to soak my pot plants every now and then! Hope you get lots of yummy garlic and onions.

    • Carie 21/10/2014 at 9:57 pm

      Maybe your veg garden is just yet to come?! The balcony watering sounds fun though, lots of chances to accidentally soak the neighbours 🙂