Gardening Activities for Babies & Toddlers

Over the last year we’ve come to realise that gardening with a baby in tow can be quite a challenge, especially if you’ve got a little firecracker like our boy Henry, who doesn’t want to sit still for a minute, but has to be supervised at all times as he’s only just 1!

However we’ve also discovered that there are plenty of gardening activities that you can include the baby in, no matter how young they are!

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Henry’s First Harvest!

We’ve involved our 1 year old, Henry, in the garden as much as possible from a very early age, and now that he’s standing we can do much more with him around the raised beds than ever before!

We always grow our potatoes in buckets, and when it came to harvesting our first main crops, it was only natural that Henry should lead the way!

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School Garden Design Workshop

Today I had the pleasure of working with pupils at a local school, Carrfield Primary Academy, as part of their ‘Eco Day’!

I worked with four different year groups, first explaining to them how we turned our overgrown garden from this:

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Asparagus Fail…

We love asparagus and eat quite a lot of it, but let’s be honest – the season is very short and asparagus is best served fresh from the garden, so when we buy it from the supermarket we know it’s not at its best, and it’s probably been flown in from some far-flung location!

So when we designed our vegetable garden it made sense to dedicate one of the raised beds to asparagus, so we could cut it and eat it within minutes, enjoying this delicacy at its finest!

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Garden Update May 2016

It’s been a glorious weekend in our part of the UK and we’ve made the most of it by catching up on jobs in the garden!

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We did lots of tidying and planting; seedlings that we’d started in the greenhouse were desperate for potting on or planting out!

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A New Arrival in our Garden!

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and Facebook page for the last few weeks, but we have a good reason for that!

We’ve been nurturing our new arrival to the garden:

HenryGarden6Henry Roger Lee was born on the 8th August 2015, weighing 8lb 6oz!

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Garden Inspiration – West Dean College

As part of the filming we did for the programme Big Dreams, Small Spaces, we were taken on an ‘Inspirational Visit’ to a place that specialised in a particular aspect of gardening that we were interested in.

When Monty saw that Richard had a passion for growing chillies, he immediately recommended that we go to West Dean College near Chichester, which is about 5 hours away from where we live!

However, once we made the journey we realised what a perfect location it was for us to visit!

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The gardens surrounding the college are just out of this world, with our interest being drawn particularly to the Walled Kitchen Gardens. Not only was this a fascinating place to see vegetables, herbs and fruit grown on a spectacular scale and tour round the rows and rows of Victorian glasshouses, West Dean also specialise in growing over 250 different varieties of chilli plants, and hold an annual Chilli Fiesta!

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During our visit we were well looked after by Gardens Supervisor, Sarah Wain, who very kindly shared her knowledge and expertise with us not just about planting and growing chillies but also on lots of other aspects of gardening, such as how they grow their impressive collection of fruit trees.

As is always the case with filming, we were constrained by time and could only see a small portion of the West Dean gardens, so we vowed to visit again, and the Chilli Fiesta seemed like the perfect time to do that, when the Kitchen Gardens were also in full growth!

A few chillies at the @westdeancollege #chillifiesta #hot

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So many #chillies at @westdeancollege #chillifiesta

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There's a giant in the tomato greenhouse at @westdeancollege #chillifiesta 😜

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#vegetables growing at @westdeancollege #chillifiesta #greenhouse #growyourown #goodlife #gardening #vegenvy

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#colour in the @westdeancollege gardens for the #chillifiesta #nofilter #gardening #flowers 🌺🌼

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If you’re a keen vegetable gardener we can highly recommend a trip to West Dean no matter where you’re based in the UK, the South Downs is a beautiful part of the South of England and there are plenty more places to visit during your stay!

We can also recommend a lovely B&B which is about 30 minutes away from West Dean called ‘Old Dairy Farm‘ at Emsworth – really good quality accommodation run by lovely people!