With Chelsea kicking off I wanted to do a short post on fun for budding young gardeners. We’re lucky enough to have a garden and I love teaching my children about plants and planting. I’m learning all the time and watching them plant and seeing their faces when things start to grow makes me smile.
I’ve pulled together my top 10 picks of things to do/see/buy to get your little explorers in to gardening.
1) These grenades by Suck UK are brilliant if you have lots of space and particularly good for boys. Literally throw and you’re done. I decided to split ours open and sprinkle seeds in to a few pots. Boring I know, but within weeks we had pots of salad leaves to eat.
2) If you have time to get out there and make something for the outdoors to enjoy, Wild About Gardens is a great website. I’m going to try and make this ‘Bug Mansion’ with my little bug catchers next time the sun comes out and we have a few hours to kill.
3) The BBC is also a great place to find fun things to do and I love their ‘Home Grown Projects’. I’ve always thought of Dandelions as pests but I think this is a sweet idea.
4) My husband bought this Moulin Roty Botanical Case for my son and he’s obsessed!
5) I love little gardening sets and this one from Spotty Green Frog has everything to start them off.
6) Farming worms is not something I’ve ever wanted to do, but my mother says it’s important and another fun thing for the boys or less squemish!
7) Every year I promise to do this and now my children are really at the age where they would enjoy the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Playset. Their favourite book is The Hungry Caterpillar so to watch one turn in to a butterfly in front of them would be pretty amazing!
8) Kew is amazing for children and is a fantastic day out. They also have a brilliant shop. I love this Bug House idea and they also sell really fun seeds with great names. Also terribly easy to grow.
9) For more seeds, Suttons Seeds is great. I haven’t tried these but they look like fun! Awesome names.
10) Lastly, the Chelsea Physic Garden is one of my favourite garden’s in London. Somewhere quiet and peaceful where children can learn about all things ‘garden’.