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Compost, Seeds and Dirty Knees

– I am no gardener, I love the outdoors but I am not green fingered in the slightest.

I have been wanting to do some planting with our Toddler and to start explaining about where plants come from, she adores being outside and she loves to point out trees and flowers so I felt we were at a good stage to maybe attempt some gardening. I decided to go for something super simple (supposedly) but that will also be useful once grown, so herbs it was.

A few weeks ago we picked up a few packs of different herb seeds- Dill, Rosemary, Chives, Coriander, Mint and Oregano. We don’t have a huge garden so I didn’t want to use lots of different plant pots but luckily my Mum had a spare ‘strawberry planter’ we could make use of (we love to recycle and reuse where possible). A few weeks ago we also planted our ‘front garden’ and had some compost left over so we set to go.


I would probably say this isn’t an ideal activity if your littles still like to put everything in their mouths, luckily we are past this stage (with our Toddler) so she wasn’t tempted even once to try and eat the compost or seeds.


We started off putting some stones in the bottom of the pot for drainage (I kind of sound like I know what I’m doing….) and then we piled the compost on top, making sure to break up any big lumps along the way. Once we had reached the bottom row of holes we planted a few seeds in the hope they will grow outwards. We shall see…..


Willow loves mud so getting her involved was pretty easy, to be honest it was more difficult to get her to stop when we had finished! I love that she isn’t afraid to get messy.


We also planted some seeds in the top, unfortunately due to little fingers mixing things up I have absolutely no idea where each herb has been planted, it should be a fun surprise if and when they do start to grow! A few seeds may have also made their way onto the grass…… I’m not sure Hubby will be too impressed if Rosemary and Coriander starts sprouting from the lawn. Fingers crossed this doesn’t happen.


We finished off by watering the compost, the grass, the slide, the trampoline, well actually pretty much the whole garden, including her shoes. This was easily Willow’s favourite part of the whole activity, I lost count of how many times I had to refill that darn watering can. And getting her to put the gardening tools away at the end was a challenge all of its own.


I did however learn a few things during our morning of planting. 1. I am either extremely brave or completely barking mad for starting such an adventurous activity when the Hubby was at work….. Nope I’m just crazy, I even attempted it whilst the Tiny Tot was awake! What was I thinking? 2. I won’t attempt anything like this again without an extra pair of (adult) hands. And 3. I have more patience than I thought possible.

Have you attempted anything like this with your littles? Can you give any advice to a newbie gardening toddler mummy?

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    5th May 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Well done! I’ve not attempted anything like this with my little boy yet but I’m keen to this summer – I think he’s just about the right age for it now (he’s VERY into watering the garden too!). I’m always amazed when little seeds come up, but they always do without fail! It’ll be really exciting to see what ends up coming up where for you – hopefully you’ll have a great selection to choose from! #WhateverTheWeather

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      5th May 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you, oh you should definitely do it with your little one. It really was a lot of fun, I’ve got a few other ideas too but next time I’ll do it when either Hubbys home or my Mums down for a day 🙂 Fingers crossed the seeds do grow, I’m definitely excited to see what grows where x

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    Sarah @tobygoesbananas
    5th May 2016 at 10:00 pm

    This is such a fab activity – I love the strawberry planter. Toby loves digging in the garden too but it is very much a daddy supervised activity in our house! Thanks for linking up with #MyWildOnes

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      5th May 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you, I think ours will definitely be Daddy supervised in the future! Thanks for hosting 🙂

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    Hannah Budding Smiles
    8th May 2016 at 6:52 am

    Go you!! Toby loves watering the plants in our garden and has ‘helped’ hubby planting his tomatoes. I love seeing kids getting outside and doing gardening!xx

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      8th May 2016 at 7:40 am

      Thank you, I love seeing kids enjoying the outdoors too, I’m glad my little lady isn’t afraid of a bit of dirt Thanks for reading xx

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    8th May 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I’m no gardener either, but it’s so much fun to do gardening with your little one isn’t it? I’m planning on nipping to the garden centre this week with Evie and planting some things. My only thing is…I’m not very good at keeping plants alive haha. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xxx

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      8th May 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Oh so much fun, and Willow had the best time. I’m thinking I should probably do gardening more often with her, just trying to come up with nice small ideas as our garden isn’t huge Hope you have fun at the garden centre (and make sure to have cake if they have a cafe ) Thanks for hosting lovely xx

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    Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    8th May 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Willow looks like she’s having so much fun in your photos! There’s something so lovely about activities which teach little ones how to grow and nurture things. We have done things like this with Little Button… I think herbs are great as they grow so quickly. Another thing we like to do is growing indoor grass heads – these are fab when you don’t want too much mess. Thank you for linking up to #DreamTeam

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      8th May 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Oooo indoor grass heads sounds like a fab idea! I think Willow would love that, definitely think we’ll have to give that a try Thanks for hosting lovely x

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    Jenny Eaves
    10th May 2016 at 5:25 pm

    It looks fantastic! I think you did a fab job, you may be surprised at how well it works and all the fab herbs that grow. I had the same problem with little hands mixing up the bulbs for the pots, but when blooming they looked amazing. You should definitely try some other growing, beans in a jar against a wet kitchen towel so she can see the roots and shoot or cress in egg shells. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th May 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you lovely, I’m loving the idea of cress in egg shells! What a fab and easy idea!! Definitely going to be doing more growing and gardening with her, she loved it. And she’s asking to water the plants every day- saves me a job Thanks for hosting lovely x

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    Tiffany Cardenas
    11th May 2016 at 8:50 am

    So fun! My son planted some flower seeds when he was 2, but he proceeded to dig them up a few days later. He planted sunflower seeds a few months ago (he’s 4 now), and that went much better. They’re growing nicely, and one is about to bloom. #dreamteam

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      11th May 2016 at 8:57 am

      I’ve had a similar problem but luckily after a long conversation I think she now understands to leave the compost alone- they just love to dig don’t they?!? Thank you for reading x

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