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Something for the Weekend – It’s Time!

This weekend sees the beginning of the half term holiday for us and we have lots of plans! Our project for this first weekend (apart from sleeping in until lunchtime if you’re a teen) is to make a start with seed planting! There is a whiff of spring in the air with crocuses open in the planters, snowdrops nodding their tiny heads and leaves unfurling on the Russian Vine, Bonus Boy loves being out in the garden and is desperate to get going with some seeds!

Just as I was plotting this post the most amazing thing happened! I had a visit from the Fairy Hobmother at Appliances OnLine! For those of you not in the know there has been a sprinkling of fairy dust in the blogging world and some lucky people who have left comments on other lucky people’s blogs have been sent presents! I commented ages ago on Paula’s blog, so long ago I had forgotten (admittedly I do forget things which happened 5 minutes ago but on this occasion it really was ages ago!), and the Fairy Hobmother contacted me last week asking if he (for he is a man!) could send me these as a gift

Not only was it wonderful to be offered a present, but it was lovely that FH had taken time to read my blog and think of a gift which I would really like. Perfect!

So – the upshot is, Bonus Boy, My Beautiful Girl and me will be planting furiously over the next few weeks and watching as the miraculous little green shoots appear in the trays all over the house. Mr Thinly Spread and the Big Boys will tut a bit and raise their eyebrows as they try to find their toothbrushes in amongst the Peppers and Chillis, the cats will get fed up as we plant directly into the soil in a few weeks time and their scratch patches get covered with spiky sticks and netting but we three will be very happy indeed!

For those of you new to vegetable gardening, it really is the BEST thing to do with children. They get to plant things, watch them grow and then eat them! It doesn’t get better than that!

We plant a lot of seeds into toilet roll tubes and we make our own newspaper seed containers too. these have the advantage that you can bring your seeds on and plant the container and the seedling straight into the ground without disturbing the roots. The small seeds will be started in seed trays and then, when they are big enough to handle, transplanted into our tubes. Big seeds will just be popped straight in.

Seeds to go in this weekend will be Peppers, Tomatoes, Chillis and Leeks. We only have a small garden so we plant what we eat…but we always plant too many and will give a lot away to friends. We sow some now and more later so if we have problems we have a second batch to work with.

The lovely package from Appliances OnLine also included strawberry seeds which we have never planted, always buying small plantlets, so we’re looking forward to having a go at those! It also included cress seeds which we can plant in egg shells lined with moist tissue on the windowsill and which grow really quickly which is great for impatient small people! If we draw faces on the shells we’ll have amusing cress haired people in no time!

Do leave a comment or a link telling me what you have planned with your children this weekend, you never know who may be watching!

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1. Bolsover Castle – Hello It’s Gemma

2. Teach Yourself to Crochet – Red Ted Art

3. 10 min Robot Cards – Red Ted Art

4. Lynton and Lynmouth with Mummy Mishaps

5. Sea Shell Treasure Boxes – Me and My Shadow

6. Half Term with Claire, Cheshire Mum

7. For the Love of Books – Ideas for Family Reading Time

8. A Brilliant Exhibition at the British Museum

Disclosure: I was sent the seeds you see in return for a little mention on my blog

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33 Comments

  1. This is a really great idea and one on my To Do list. I love the toilet roll holder/newspaper idea – should I use compost or normal soil? We shall be doing this, thanks.
    As for our weekend, we’re off to visit our brand new nephew Jacob born last week. :)

    • Aw, what a lovely way to spend a weekend…cuddling arms at the ready!

      Use compost if you are planting inside and soil or compost if you are doing them outside or in a greenhouse :-D

  2. Thank you, you have have inspired me. My head was empty today – struggling with ‘what to do’ ‘what to do’ – I am off to buy seeds.

    • Hooray! Let me know what you decide to plant and thanks for linking!

  3. I was thinking I should start something today!! Will have to pull my finger out. Thank you ;-)

  4. What a cool idea. It’s still pretty chilly, wet and frosty in Scotland so not much getting done outside. We have football and swimming lessons at the weekend but hoping it’s nice to take the boys out on their bikes for a bit or maybe kite flying. Weather permitting. x

    • Kite flying! Great idea, we haven’t done that for ages and we have a fab hill near us which is perfect *pops it on the list* thank you!

  5. We got lots if plans this week and if we had a house we’d be planting too.We’re 2 Museums in town, Roman baths in Bath, a craft event and the Bristol aquarium.Think that should keep them busy.Have a great weekend x

    • We love the Roman Baths! Sounds like you have a wonderful week lined up, hope you all enjoy yourselves! x

  6. I like your toilet roll/newspaper idea. I am not a particularly good gardener. It’s the bugs that put me off. But I have been trying to be good and for the last couple of years the children and I have planted a flower bed as a welcome at our front door. Then last year we managed to grow a few tomatoes.

    Our weekend will be busy on Saturday one of the local nurseries has a sale on for all things to do with children. We have to take our ‘stock’ in the morning and pick it up again at night. In between we’ll naturally be rummaging around for a good bargain then perhaps trying the home-baking that’s on offer.Yum!

    On Sunday my mother-in-law is celebrating her 60th birthday so we’re all invited to a nice restaurant.

    I’ll probably slip into the gym to ease my conscious somewhat.

    *Mental note: Must buy flowers!

    • I used to hate the bugs but I’ve got used to them now and even like one or two of them! Sounds like a lovely way to spend a week…apart from the gym bit *shivers*! ;-)

  7. what a lovely gift, perfect for garden loving children.
    we have also started the spring vegetable garden off this week, we have made new raised beds and the children have been busy digging, bug hunting and planting… very excitedly might I add :D

    • That sounds like our sort of week! Bonus Boy has been enthusiastically making mud pies…lovely to have longer evenings! :-D

  8. What a great idea- I need things which don’t have to have a garden!

    • Cress heads are fab and growing herbs on the windowsill to snip into cooking is also a great thing to do with kids. And growing tomatoes in a pot in a sunny spot!

  9. Great ideas, as usual Chris! Good to get them intogrowing things young and how vegetables are grown.

    • Thanks Jenny and many thanks for linking again :-) Gardening and cooking with kids have to be my two favourite activities to do with them!

  10. Great selection of stuff you got there from your fairy hobmother!
    We don’t do veggies but Her Up North bought her seeds for half-hardy annuals this week. They’ll be going into seed trays in the next couple of weeks. Then you won’t be able to move in the conservatory, which doubles as our greenhouse!

    • Fab isn’t it! And perfect for us! I love the annuals but I have such a slug problem I have abandoned all attempts!

  11. What an incredible gift, that’s lovely, and what a nice way to spend an afternoon with the family.

    • It is one of our favourites. I love the whole circle of the year thing…we get very excited at planting time!

  12. This has been a bit of a surreal week for me. We were up in Newcastle for my dad’s funeral on Tuesday but driving back up again tomorrow for a big family wedding on Sunday. Funnily enough after the sadness of Tuesday I think everyone is looking forward to celebrating a marriage and seeing a young couple start their life together – circle of life and all that….

    • Aw bless you Trish, not an easy time. I hope the wedding cheers you all. Lots of love to you. x

  13. I don’t think getting chicken pox vaccinations is that special although they do come with a trip to the Disney store for the “lucky” jab recipient! In other half term plan we have playdates, nutella eating, movie watching & a blog conference – see you there!

    • I am so looking forward to meeting you! I’m liking nutella eating and movie watching…we may well follow suit! x

  14. What a lovely pressie, enjoy your planting.

    I’ve linked up, but we’re not up to much as confined to barracks with chickenpox :0( xx

    • You poor love, the pox is very annoying, I hope she doesn’t get it too badly. :-(

  15. Funny cause we are off to garden centre tomorrow, just moved into our house so no idea what plants and bulbs are lurking. I have a lovely book called roots and shoots So we will be making a pizza garden and a fairy garden

  16. Oh hell – should I have started planting already? Haven’t emptied last years containers yet! Grew veg for the first time last year and this year want to do it better & be more prepared. Have fun x

  17. I love the idea of the toilet rolls, that is fab.

    This weekend I am sorting out the house! Boring I know but it means that Baba can spend the weekend with Mr L and they can do boy things, like watching SpongeBob and going to the cafe, play with trains, and build things with lego. They will have a great time together and I can get the house sparkling.

    Hope you have a great weekend too xxx

  18. Chris I love the idea of newspaper planters what do you do for the bottom?

  19. Yesterday I was standing at the kitchen window looking down at the greenhouse and wondering if this year I was going to get to plant seeds. It’s not happened for the past two years: The Boy was a baby last spring and the one before I was heavily pregnant and unable to maintain anything I even thought about planting. There’s nowt better than a gnarled and twisty carrot, a skinny leek or a own-grown perfectly formed potato though. I’m going to give it a whirl this year! Fingers crossed.

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