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In the garden…

by Clare Mansell
In the garden…


It has not been the easiest of weeks this week. Theo has spent most of it up and down with a fever and has been very clingy and very tired for most of it. It’s been hard to engage him in anything (even CBeebies) and it’s been doubly hard for me to get anything at all done. None of this helped by the weather going off and all of us being confined to the house…

Then like a miracle right at the end of the week, the clouds parted, the sun came out and a package arrived from moneysupermarket.com containing a mini gardening kit for their #KidsGrowWild challenge.

In all honesty given Theo’s track record this week, I didn’t think it would hold his attention, but he became totally absorbed in planting the seeds and it turned into the easiest few hours I’ve had with him all week!

There were three seed packs in the kit. We chose to plant the “Pretty Flower Family” ones first in two pots next to my planter full of lettuces.

Encouraged by how well that went down we also opened the sunflower seeds and planted them in an old trough…

With a little help from Bella the dog…

It amazed me how he got the hang of it. How does a not-yet-two-year-old brain work out that the contents of a strange packet go in the soil? And then an hour later remember that they are called “seeds” and to show them to his Daddy? 


This gardening thing has been a surprising hit with the boy. I suspect he shall be asking to do it again, but he might need some time to fully grasp what that watering can is for…

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge. Entrants have a chance of winning 1 of 2 £50 Toys R Us vouchers or £500 to spend on a climbing frame or other outdoor equipment.


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1 comment

Liz DandeliondD June 16, 2013 - 6:08 pm

It does look like fun.
I love your photos.
Ed was mesmerised when he saw Theo with the watering can on Flickr. He thought it was him at first, then he decided Theo would make a great friend for him. Hee hee.


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