BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge with Moneysupermarket.com

As regular readers of my blog will know we’ve been encouraging my Monkey 3 and half-year old son to grow his own vegetables.  His seeds are sprouting and he makes a point of checking on their progress daily and has actually been good at watering things too.

We were thrilled to receive a wonderful gardening set and some flower seeds for our latest challenge.  This set is supplied by Little Pals and is very handy for our little gardener.  He especially loves his shiny new watering can.  We are not allowed near it!

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Gardening Kit
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Gardening Kit

So on 3rd June, when we looked through the seed packets we received – Sunflowers, Pansies and Mixed Flowers, we decided we should have a Sunflower growing competition between Monkey, myself and Daddy P (actually we had enough seeds that we decided to pass some to all of Monkey’s NCT group so they can join in the competition too) .  We used our labels to write our names on and marked our spots, divided the seeds between the three of us and planted them.  Monkey then covered the soil over.  The competition was on!

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sunflowers
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sunflowers

I had a couple of plant containers that were empty so we decided we could use them to bring a bit of colour to our little patio area.  First up were the Pansy seeds, Monkey sprinkled them on the compost and covered them over.  We stuck our label in so we could tell each pot apart as the seedlings grow.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Pansies
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Pansies

We repeated the process for the Mixed flowers …..

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Mixed Flowers
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Mixed Flowers

Then Monkey was put in charge of watering the seeds.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Watering his seeds
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Watering his seeds

Then the waiting began …… and this is our progress so far as of 14th June …..

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www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sunflowers Pansy Mixed Flowers 140613

From left to right:  Sunflowers, Pansy and Mixed Flowers ……

We’ve now reached 19th June, and have had to battle the slugs to protect our sunflowers.  Sadly I appear to only have one, while Daddy P and Monkey are doing rather better!  The pansies are slowly appearing and the mixed flowers are doing rather well.

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www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Flowers 190613

On the veggie front Monkey is doing well with his pumpkins, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, strawberries, rocket and mixed salad as you can see below.  He also has one courgette coming up too ….

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com How does Monkey's garden grow
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com How does Monkey’s garden grow

Monkey has really loved getting involved with growing both flowers and vegetables this year, he hasn’t got bored and impatient waiting for something to happen, and has wanted to water HIS plants every day.  I’m so impressed with him – long may it continue.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Monkey and his pumpkins
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Monkey and his pumpkins

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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