In the past Mr Kat and I were keen gardeners with beds packed full of veg and flowers. We had mushrooms under the stairs, lemongrass and herbs on the window ledges and a green house filled with chillies. When we got married we grew our lavender centre pieces. Our heads were filled with dreams of our own small holding. We got as far as making a (very stretching) offer on a gorgeous house with and acre of small holding. The offer was turned down and the next day we found out I wasn’t going crazy, I was pregnant. Having never expected to fall pregnant so easily we taken by surprise and shelved our plans for a small holding. We bought a gorgeous tardis-like terrace in a nice village. The garden was the compromise. It was even smaller than our previous one. We moved in when I was four months pregnant and set about building two raised beds for our veg. We were offered a section of the garden behind ours to buy but had our hopes for a proper sized garden shattered when the owners sold the house instead. Despite our intentions, gardening has slipped down on the priority list since having children. It may have slipped down but it has not fallen off completely and with Spring springing all around us we have been growing with our children.
A classic for a reason, growing cress on the window ledge has been so much fun. It is the kind of venture which can be left completely to a pre-schooler which is so very pleasing for a little girl who would like to be a big girl like Mama. To go from a packet of seeds to harvest in little more than a week is most satisfying. As is an egg, yoghurt and cress sandwich!
Milla and I took a trip to the garden centre to choose some plants for our own mini version of Planting a Rainbow. The rain made it an indoor gardening activity but no less fun. Every time we see our bright rainbow filled pots it is delightful. I had worried that they may not do well on our North facing steps but they continue to flourish and Milla is so very particular about watering and dead-heading.
A rare weekend off from social commitments was spent clearing the overgrown mass of creepers, hedge and honeysuckle. Our long handled hand fork has proved the perfect size for Milla to copy her Papa digging. Monty got involved with my herb planting which is of course a very serious task. The strawberries we planted out after Easter have remained unharmed by slugs and snails so far. This could be because Monty has been found rolling snails around his mouth on more than one occasion, hmm. Our raised beds need some attention as a neighbouring raspberry has invaded one with shoots from below (ideas on how to tackle this welcome!). As we are so late out of the starting blocks we’re considering buying a ready to plant garden for this year.
I am hoping this is the year we bring gardening back into our daily lives and if my children have anything to do with it I am sure we will succeed.