Another New Addition to the Garden!

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog for a few months, firstly because it’s winter and there’s not much to report from the garden, but secondly because we’ve been rather busy bringing our latest addition into the world!

Introducing Sebastian John Lee, born on the 31st January 2017!

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Henry is already proving to be amazing big brother, and we can’t wait to have them both out in the garden together in the warmer months!

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The title of our blog, ‘Gardening with Boys‘ has become even more relevant now!

 

 

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Yorkshire Lavender

I’ve been writing a series of posts about kitchen gardens that are open to the public, and whilst this venue doesn’t exactly fall into this category, I think it can be classed as culinary so I’m going to include it here!

Yorkshire Lavender is a family run business set in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of York.


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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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Open Farm Sunday at Washingpool Farm

We recently had a holiday in Dorset, staying in a cottage at Washingpool Farm, and by a stroke of good fortune, the first day of our visit coincided with Open Farm Sunday!

This meant we could explore the whole farm that was literally on our doorstep; fantastic for Henry as he loves seeing animals, especially chickens, and great news for me as I was able to explore the farm’s polytunnels and growing fields! It was like vegetable garden heaven!

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Forde Abbey Kitchen Gardens

I’m a sucker for visiting a stately home if they’ve got a working kitchen garden within the grounds!

I loved West Dean Walled Kitchen Garden and Clumber Park is quite close to home (although I don’t visit it as often as I’d like to) so during our recent holiday in Dorset, Forde Abbey was definitely on the list of things to do!

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A Lovely Day in the Garden!

Just a quick post with a few photos from the garden today!

The baby slept for a whole hour in his pushchair then happily sat and watched us while we finished our jobs – he loves being outside!

Got lots of planting and weeding done, the raised beds are starting to fill up!

the sun setting on the veg patch
the sun setting on the veg patch

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