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. 

 

Growing Our Own vegetables #nationalGardeningweek

 

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13 comments on “Growing Our Own Vegetables for National Gardening Week”

  1. The secret is warmth water and daily care – love growing my own and getting all the neices and nephews involved
    Keep hinting – soon as the plants bear fruit Theyll want to do again next year

  2. I have bought a greenhouse this year as well. Have bought some weird and wonderful veg to keep the kids interested (e.g. multi coloured tomatoes and carrots)

  3. I have grown some peas. A vital tip would be to make sure to the plants are sheltered from hash weathers like strong winds or heavy rain by bringing them indoors. When the weather has calmed down, you can bring them back outside.

  4. The tricky thing with lettuce-type plants is they do not like hot weather. While some seeds and sprouts love the hot, lettuces do not. You can actually sow lettuce (and beets and other hardy types) right in the ground while the weather is still quite cold.
    We don’t grow much from seed here in Ontario, Canada (and we have to wait until mid to end of May before we can plant much at all besides those beets and lettuces!) but I love growing my own vegetables!
    ~Jess
    #MMBC

  5. Love to grow my own veggies, always seem to taste better and getting the kids involved they tend to eat more veg, would love to have a field where i could grow everything including fruit

  6. Growing veg is never as easy as they claim, but it’s so worth making the effort. It’s a great thing to get the kids involved with too. We have more failures than successes and we’ve been growing veg for more years than I care to remember, but there’s nothing quite like produce freshly harvested that you’ve grown yourself.

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