Muddy little fingers…….

I feel so very lucky that my parents have passed on a love of the outdoors, and gardening, I always had a little plot to call my own, usually never came to much, but the seed was sown.

I feel very passionate about my children being outdoors as much as possible (not that i’d lock them out in the rain/sleet/snow or anything) and that they have an area of their own, at the moment my boy, just turned 2, has made the vegetable garden his own, which is wonderful, this year he’s learned to love radishes (he worked his way through a whole row and few made it back to the kitchen), know what snails and earthworms are, learnt how to make mud pies, planted seeds and most certainly learnt how to pick his own fruit (strawberries or beebies as he calls them) and veg (radishes, broadbeans and sorrel have been favourites).

He’s still only little, but hopefully he and his little sister will grow to learn about nature, and growing/cooking your own vegetables and food, for me this is one of the best things I could give them.

There’s lot of inspiration out there to encourage little gardeners to be, but one of the best resources i’ve found is Dawn Isaac’s Little Green Fingers website http://littlegreenfingers.com/ 

6 responses to this post.

  1. What a fantastic veg garden. Passing on these skill is so important, I loved growing strawberries as a child and still do!

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  2. Thanks Kate, I truly believe that it’s one of the best gifts you can give your children, to appreciate food and growing things. We have 6 ducks and my son just loves chatting away to them, and collecting eggs, so many children grow up not knowing where their food comes from, and i think with the understanding comes appreciation.
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  3. Lovely picture of your son in the veg patch. We try to encourage our kids to appreciate the effort that goes into growing stuff and to share our trials, tribulations and triumphs in the garden. They were bowled over by the chickens (for a while, but the novelty, like with most pets, wore off) but are still keen to help in the garden. It’s a place for happy times and I love it when they steal the peas or raspberries and think they’re being naughty!

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  4. What a gift you are giving your children!

    My mum said she felt the best education to give a child was to educate their palate and it is true, I have a love of real food and can cook intuitively.

    But I am rubbish at growing things and I am convinced it is because we were not allowed to get dirty in the garden….

    So what an education. And how intriguing that a two-year-old can learn so much about growing things. Brilliant.

    And thanks for your comment. Muchos appreciated.

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    • Thank you Elisabeth, I think he’s a bit of a natural, he just seems so at home it the garden, we struggle to get him indoors
      Hopefully if they learn to grow/understand food and cook it will set them in the best path for their lives
      Cheers
      Marcus

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