Although the snowy scenery outside is beautiful, Spring is approaching and we've been preparing Lily's greenhouse for more flowers. Over the past couple of years, we've grown herbs and vegetables as a way of encouraging Lily to take an interest in a wider variety of food. This year, we're focusing on growing flowers so that she learns about responsibility and as a small science project about plants.
Lily's greenhouse is always a fun project as it really brightens up or small decking area (we live in a flat so we have no garden) and it's something which is nice to do when we're home together.
This year we started by clearing out all the pots and rubbish leftover from last year, gave everything a really good clean and checked that it was all okay. Cracks in the planting pots will mean that support for the growing plant will be limited and when they're in those initial stages, that's important. It's also good just to dust away in cobwebs and move any insects that may have called it home over the Winter.
Once this is done you can move on to the bets bit, deciding what to grow! I love taking a trip to the Garden Centre. It's always fun with Lily and she loves looking at all the flowers and garden features.
In our local Wyevale garden centre, there is a section from Little Gardeners which are fabulous for children. They have a wide selection of seeds and kits (one kit was to grow your own pizza toppings) which are easy for children to understand and really get involved in. If you're starting out, take a look at their range for some ideas. Lily decided on planting some Nasturtiums from their range. For £1.49 you get around 25 seeds which is enough to fill quote a few pots, excellent for a beginer.
We started planting our seeds (before the best from the East arrived) with a multipurpose compost and some extra feed to give them a boost. If you look on your seed packet, it will tell you the perfect depth to plant at.
I'm hoping over the next few weeks, we'll be able to start sharing some photo updates with you all!
UPDATE - The Beast From The East has meant the plants have taken over our bath! We've also used a couple of the large, empty pots as shelters for the birds outside. Hopefully they'll find it!
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