Getting out in the garden – My Family Ties

We are not the best at gardening, but we decided we would like to plant a little herb garden at the back of our house.  At my granny’s house, when I was growing up I took for granted that she always had endless supplies of all manner of different herbs growing in a little bed just next to her kitchen.  I am always buying fresh herbs from supermarkets, and decided that fresh would not only be more convenient but more cost effective in the long run too.
I didn’t anticipate how excited we would all get about tending to our little patch of edible plants, making sure they were all weed free and never thirsty, it has been a little patch of loveliness. 
A lovely and rewarding thing to do with your children as my girls have been as enthusiastic as we have to make it perfect, even planting beans from the windowsill which had grown shoots and leaves and were ready for planting out.
Photo of Lara holding a pot of parsley ready to plant while we were gardening with the family.

We spent a lovely afternoon getting everything ready and then planting all the herbs, strawberries, tomatoes and flowers, it was a lot of fun to do it all together. Siobhan our teenage daughter was a little less enthusiastic, she wanted to help and loves to get messy, but finds sticking to a task really tricky and so kept flitting off and coming back for a while.  She is fantastic at remembering to water the plants in the evenings, and hasn’t forgotten once to check the plants.

Photo of Lara planting out some celericac while we were gardening with the family.

Gardening with the family, our little colourful windmill for the garden.

Siobhan picking some of our alpine strawberries which we had just planted while doing a bit of family gardening.

The only problem now is to keep the pests off, there are loads of slugs and snails around, and I remember my granny using crushed egg shells to ward them off, so I’m going to give it a try.  If any gardeners out there have any tips I would be most grateful, so I can keep our little garden from being eaten up by the pests.

Lara planting out some celeriac when we were gardening as a family.
Siobhan holding a little alpine strawberry that we grew in our garden.
The beginning of our little vegetable and herb garden which we planted together as a family
I just have the snap dragons to plant now, the ones in the pots, they are looking a bit straggly and in need of some tending so hopefully I can rescue them.
A colourful windmill for our garden

The girls enjoyed helping put our little herb bed together and that was the aim, to get them involved and interested, so it has been a success in my eyes.  I don’t know how long it will remain looking beautiful, we shall all do our bit to keep it weed free and watered, and hopefully free of little pests.

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  1. July 10, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    What a great way to spend with your children. I love that its productive and fun for them as well.
    Thank you for sharing this.


  2. July 10, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    Thank you Maria, I love doing as many fun things with my children as I can 🙂

  3. July 10, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Such a brilliant way to spend quality time wi your girls, and educational too! #mmwbh

    • July 10, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you for reading, it is so special to do so many different things with my girls I feel lucky every day! 🙂

  4. July 12, 2014 / 2:24 am

    That's fantastic. Way to go family, what a great thing to do all together. I love all the fun photos too. I bet your girls will remember this forever. So sweet. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  5. July 12, 2014 / 2:56 am

    We planted quite a few herbs and some veg last year and the boys loved it. This year with the house move looming I didn't get round or planting anything! Next year I will have a much bigger garden to play with and I'm looking forward to getting the kids back in the garden and planting lots of stuff. I think it's a great activity to do with them x #ShareWithMe

  6. July 12, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Lovely photos! I planted two borders this year, one I mulched with plenty of bark, to keep the weeds down, the other I just left as soil. The one with bark is thriving, the one without is mainly just stalks now! I think I may have accidentally stumbled across an anti-slug rememdy! 🙂

    • August 2, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much Lucy, I will definitely try the bark idea! xx

  7. August 2, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    What a lovely post – great photos! We love gardening with the kids too. #countrykids

  8. August 3, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    I have neglected my planting this year as we have used the greenhouse as a nursery for sick lambs and goats! It's such a great way to get children involved with learning about how things grow and also rewarding to see the results too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • August 4, 2014 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks so much, it was a lot of fun to be able to do this with the kids and make some happy memories 🙂 #CountryKids

  9. August 4, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Lovely post! My kids love the garden too but are too young to understand at the moment haha. Looking forward to getting them involved more over the years 😉

    • August 4, 2014 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you Sonia, it was so great to do it together 🙂

  10. August 7, 2014 / 7:01 am

    Gardening is really a nice way to bond for family members! I love planting too and though I have no garden and only a small terrace this did not stop me from planting! I have potted plants that me and my son tend to everyday since summer started! #countrykids

    • August 8, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks very much, we had so much fun doing this! 🙂

  11. August 8, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Lovely post. Good luck with the gardening. It sounds like your girls are already doing a fantastic job looking after it x

    • August 8, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you, we will be a dab hand by next year! Well let's hope any way 🙂