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Taking stock

Taking stock

April and the first half of May have been a mixed bag both in terms of weather and gardening. As our plants are growing nicely (mostly!) I feel the need to take stock on what we have achieved so far and what I have learnt during the last few months gardening with my two little girls.

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Unstructured holidays

Unstructured holidays

Am I the only parent that does not have a clear plan for the next two weeks? Having a few simple and fun things to do in the garden during the holiday period and letting the children choose which to do and when to do them could be a successful strategy. Here are the three activities that I'll be proposing to my girls.

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The 'P' word

The 'P' word

When it comes to 'green' gardening one big problem is our dependency on plastic products. I am no exception and for years I have accumulated plastic plant pots and I rarely used them twice. So with the girls I tested out our creativity in utilising alternatives to traditional plastic pots and here are the results

What are yours and your mini gardener alternatives to traditional plastic pots? 

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To plan or not to plan?

To plan or not to plan?

Since the girls have gone back to school/preschool it has been a real struggle to find any spare time to dedicate to plan or do any gardening. Finally last Saturday I made some time to continue our planning for my eldest daughter’s flower border but all this preparation work seems very distant from the experience of being out in the garden together and I have mixed feelings about it. As an adult, am I taking the fun out of her gardening experience?

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Weeding a new start

Weeding a new start

Happy 2019! The Christmas madness is sadly over and in these last few days I have had a chance to start taking stock of what has happened in 2018 and plan for the year ahead.

I have taken the first baby steps with my two little girls to discover if I can find some answers to the questions I raised in my previous post. I have managed to delegate responsibility to my eldest daughter and spent a few meaningful hours weeding with her in our garden. But only time will tell if my approach will pay off! 

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