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?