Growing Our Own Vegetables for National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week starts next week. It runs from 30th April to 6th May 2018. To celebrate and get the kids involved GBC Group sent us a bundle of seeds and goodies to grow our own vegetables. I have been wanting to grow my own veg for years. I did try it out last year. I bought a mini green house and some easy to grow tomatoes. It didn’t end too well. Just a week or two after planting them we had some really horrible weather and storm Doris hit us. The wind blew my greenhouse over and the tomatoes seeds and soil went everywhere. I might have tried planting them out a bit early, so I planned on waiting a little longer this year.

So come the Easter holidays that’s when we decided to give it a go.

We had 7 different types of veg.

  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Courgettes
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage

Plus we got to butterfly shaped seed holders that have wild flowers in them to plant.


Our gardening goodies


So I got the kids to work, filling the seed trays up with compost then sprinkling all the seeds in different sections.


Growing our own vegetables

Growing our own vegetables


And after all that hard work, they deserved a little treat of some yummy strawberry sweets, while reading one of my all time favourite children’s book – The Hungry Caterpillar.


hungry Caterpillar book and strawberry sweets


It’s been a few weeks now since we first planted our vegetable seeds. Some are coming along beautifully. The cabbage, carrots and courgettes are growing lovely and will soon be needing to be transferred to bigger posts.

The lettuce is a bit hit and miss. Some have come up great others have started to wither. Same with the Kale and broccoli, both have withered and look about dead. I am not sure if this was due to the really hot weather we had for a few days, as they didn’t look to bad before that.

It’s all a bit of trial and error as we haven’t really grown veg before. But I am hoping that at least some come out ok, as I can’t wait to actually eat them!


Growing our own vegetables - cabbage and carrots

Growing our own vegetables - courgettes


Have you ever grown your own veg? If you have any tips that could help me and the kids I’d love to hear them. Just leave me a message in the comments below. 


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