10 April, 2019

Get Your Kids Out In The Garden – And Grow

It’s a miracle these days for some of us if we manage to drag our kids out into the fresh air, but there is something therapeutic and calming about time outdoors gardening with kids.

It’s an absorbing pastime that even the littlest tots can enjoy – and a great way of bonding with grandparents too.  And read on because I have a great giveaway to get you out in the garden with your little ones – of which, more later.

My dad has always been a keen gardener and from their earliest years, Caitlin and Ieuan have been taught how to plant seeds, grow cress, water flowers and even the help with the odd bit of weeding.

Dad’s garden has a pair of beautiful old apple trees which bear fruit each year without fail – although sitting under them in late summer is not without risk.  It didn’t do Isaac Newton any harm when an apple fell on his head though, did it? Did you know you can still visit Newton’s apple tree?

My own attempts at gardening have been less than Alan Titchmarsh would want, but I do give it the occasional go.

Lots of local projects are springing up to encourage kids to get out in the garden and, taking inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge’s enthusiasm for family-friendly gardening, skincare brand Sudocrem and Britain’s oldest nursery Clifton have joined forces to launch Get Out and Grow.

Get Out and Grow is a campaign to get families into the garden, planting, growing and having fun.

The campaign includes tips and advice on potting plants, spotting a weed, watering and feeding.

And, lest parents are worried that gardening with kids might mean little ones getting scratches or grazes, Sudocrem has launched My Little Sudocrem in handy 22g pots so you can always have this family favourite multi-tasker on standby.  It’s excellent for scraped knees and stings from nettles or bees too.

Although 87% of British households have a garden, we’re just not getting out into them as a family it seems.  Recent research has also discovered that over half of British children aged between 4 and8 are unable to name 5 vegetables or fruits grown in this country..

Isn’t that sad?

The research also discovered that:-

Caitlin and Ieuan loved attending ‘Forest School’ at their local infants where they learned about nature, plants, bugs and the joys of toasting marshmallows.  From memory, there was also quite a bit of mud!  I think it’s a fantastic idea which would be great to see being implemented in other schools around the country.

The research bore this out.  Although under half of the children surveyed had access to a garden at school, over 90% of them said they would like one.

It’s actually easier to grow your own fruit, veg and flowers than you might think.  The following are great to start off with:-

Something for everyone in that list I think and most of these can be grown in individual pots or containers if you don’t have much of a garden.

If you are venturing outdoors, don’t forget to pick up My Little Sudocrem (RRP £2.99 for 22g).  You’ll find it nationwide at Boots, Tesco, Asda, Superdrug, Savers & independent pharmacies.

Find out more about the Sudocrem Get Out and Grow campaign here.

Get Out and Grow Giveaway

Now to the giveaway.

Courtesy of Sudocrem, I have two lovely goody bags to give away to two lucky winners each worth £40.  These are suitable for 2-5 year olds and contain the following:-

Entry to the giveaway is by the Gleam widget and the usual terms and conditions apply which you can find on my giveaways page.

The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday 3rd May.

Note that any emails submitted will solely be used to notify the winners and no personal data will be retained.

Get Out And Grow Goody Bag (2 winners)

Good luck!


107 comments so far.

107 responses to “Get Your Kids Out In The Garden – And Grow”

  1. Kim Neville says:

    We have a nice garden with lawn. Would like to have a nice decking area 🙂

  2. iain maciver says:

    we have a garden ,but would love a decking area

  3. Annabel Greaves says:

    We have a garden with a lawn, much more fun for the kids

  4. Peter Watson says:

    We have a nice lawn and a pear tree and also a large privet hedge where birds are currently nesting.

  5. Lyndsey says:

    We have a garden and I just love the grass, I love the smell of it when it gets cut

  6. Amy Bondoc says:

    with have a garden but its small and wrecked from the last ownrs, cant wait to get started on it this suumer witt mm dad!

  7. Suzanne Jackson says:

    We have both though the decking needs replacing.

  8. Julia Main says:

    We have a garden with grass and decking, I love being outside in it.

  9. Chris Andrews says:

    we have a lawn, hubby’s job to mow though

  10. Allan Mcrae says:

    I have both but prefer sitting on the grass with the newspaper and cup of coffee.

  11. Suzanne says:

    Lawn, definitely, as it is much more fun for the children.

  12. Tina Bell says:

    We have decking as hubby is a gardener by trade and refused to bring his work home.

  13. Kelly Knowles says:

    We have a large grasses area with vegetable areas at the sides of the house

  14. Becky Yeomans says:

    We have lawn! perfect for the kids to play on.

  15. Susan Lloyd says:

    I love decking with lots of raised planters x

  16. Susan B says:

    I love to garden so much that I ripped up the patio and laid grass and borders. It’s so small that it is not really a garden but I make the most of every inch.

  17. Lorraine Williams says:

    We have lawn with a raised decking balcony.

  18. Sue McCarthy says:

    I have a fairly large garden and I grow seeds. I don’t like decking. Oh, and I’ve got 3 ponds too!

  19. Chloe Taylor says:

    We have a lovely big garden, we have just had a small fence/gate fitted where we have the steps up to the grass as the dogs love to dig and make lots of mess. We have concrete and grass.

  20. Alice Dixon says:

    Yes we have quite a large garden with lawn for the children to play and a big veg patch for growing

  21. T Brailey says:

    I like a bit of both. We have a small amount of lawn and pebbles, along with a section decked.

  22. Joy Gordon says:

    Sadly I don’t have a garden, but I would have a decking area and some lawn

  23. Andrea Fletcher says:

    We have a lawn and a large patio to sit out on.

  24. Rachel Mccraith says:

    I have a big garden, which I absolutely love filling with plants

  25. Catherine S says:

    We have garden. I’m fine with patios but am not a fan of decking. We mostly have lawn(/moss!)

  26. Solange says:

    We have a garden but I’m a fan of a lawn and decking too.

  27. Simon Tutthill says:

    You can’t beat a lovely garden especially on a lovely sunny summer’s day

  28. ruth robinson says:

    i have front and back garden with lawns id like a little decking as would be nice to sit on

  29. Paula Barker says:

    I have a lawn and decking best of both worlds 😊

  30. Nicola Marshall says:

    Yes we have a garden with a lawn which I prefer with children.

  31. Chloe Billington says:

    Decking with some pretty planter boxes. Much less maintainable 😆

  32. Kathryn says:

    Lawn is great. Despite all the dandelions!

  33. Jessica Swift says:

    Wow, both my daughters are huge explorers and lovers of nature! We have a big vegetable patch and lawn (perfect for this) we would be thrilled if we were lucky enough to be chosen.

  34. Amy Pest says:

    we have a garden with a lawn and you cant beat the feeling of grass on your feet

  35. John Prendergast says:

    We have a small garden in the back

  36. SianiD says:

    we have a garden. I’d love it to be about half the size it is though, or have loads of decking

  37. Angela treadway says:

    yeah we have a garden and i definitely prefer a lawn x

  38. Katie B says:

    We have a lovely garden, thin but long

  39. Inga Andersen says:

    I prefer a lawn, much better for the kids to play on 🙂

  40. Sharon Saunders says:

    We have a front and back garden – a mixture of grass, plants and er well 3 year old mud area!

  41. Fiona B says:

    I have lawn and decking but definitely prefer the lawn!

  42. Nicola Farrel says:

    We have a bit of both decking is good for the kids to play on and the grass is great for plants!

  43. Sj Straw says:

    We have a medium sized garden. It has a lawn but not too big.

  44. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    We have a front and back lawn, takes ages to mow. We also have a nice decked bit for the garden furniture

  45. Rachel Craig says:

    We have a small communal area for residents of flats. Where some lovely flowers etc have been planted, and cared for by a few residents on behalf of everyone. Beautiful selection at present time. There is a larger public park nearby where we can go for a walk, it has an area with birds, rabbits, etc.

  46. Laurar20 says:

    We have a huge garden, it is a lot of hard work but the summer times sat out there make it worthwhile. I love decking going onto a lawn. I’m hoping to get that into place next Summer for my garden!

  47. Megan Williams says:

    We have a garden with a patio, not a massive fan of decking unless there is tons of space!

  48. Mark Johnson says:

    I have a garden with lawn

  49. I have a huge garden with lawn at front and back and lots of room to grow . It could do with some more decking to make it a bit tidier . Love growing as much organic stuff as possible and lots of annual flowers to fill it up.

  50. Jade Hewlett says:

    We have a garden and we have a lawn which we prefer to decking

  51. Sarah Lambert says:

    I have lawn it’s artificial but it’s a lawn lol

  52. Ellie Tidmarsh says:

    My daughter would enjoy this

  53. Fozia Akhtar says:

    We have a wonderful garden

  54. Emma T says:

    We have a garden and will be attempted to grow flowers this year with my daughter, she’s 2.

  55. Pam Hubbard says:

    Yes we have a garden with a lawn

  56. Nikki Stewart says:

    We have a large garden but it’s like a building site at the moment as we are building an extension. I can’t wait to get it all finished and looking nice again. We plan to have a large area of grass with a raised deck area outside the french doors which will lead off our new kitchen diner!

  57. J Weaver says:

    We have a small garden with decking and raised beds for growing. Also have a small turf area for the children to play.

  58. Natalie Burgess says:

    We have a small garden with a lawn

  59. leanne weir says:

    I love a freshly mown lawn

  60. Paul Bingham says:


  61. Paula Phillips says:

    I have a garden, we laid fake grass in it last year to make it nicer for the children to play on.

  62. Christopher Read says:

    Yes, I have a garden and would like to do gardening. I like both lawns and decking 🙂

  63. Fiona jk42 says:

    We have a garden which is still a work in progress. When we moved in 2 1/2 years ago, the garden was completely overgrown with brambles and nettles, and also full of rubbish including broken chairs, old carpet, old drain pipes & gutters, broken buckets and lots of trash. We have so far cleared about 2/3 of it, and hope by the autumn we will have finally got rid of the majority of the nettles and brambles.

  64. Margaret Clarkson says:

    I love our garden, we have a lawn and decking and lots of trees and shrubs.

  65. Dean T says:

    Have a small garden here in Brum, lawn people are we! Although after this winter the moss is everywhere

  66. Nadine Holland says:

    We have a patio, lawn and barked play area. But we also have a dog and lots of children, so lawn is a mess and the bark is on the lawn 🙂

  67. Martina Pichova says:

    We have a garden with lots of stuff for the kids to do, I love them being outside.

  68. Emilia Nastaly-Howard says:

    We have decent size garden with lawn

  69. ERFmama says:

    We have a garden. We’ve just lived here for a year, didn’t move here until late last year so this will be our first spring in the new house. 😀
    I’ve promised the kids we will be planting this year, so this would come in handy! 😀

  70. Rachael Walton says:

    My 4 year old and u have started growing sunflowers already she’d love to add to our garden. She’s wants lots of flowers to attract bees and butterflies!

  71. Lynn Neal says:

    I am more of a woodland veggies and flowers fan in my garden!

  72. Natasha Dodds says:

    We do have a (messy) garden!

  73. tammy westrup says:

    We love our garden , with both a defcking area and lawn for the kids to play – so I am a fan of both!

  74. Claire woods says:

    Yes and prefer a lawn than decking.

  75. Justine Meyer says:

    I have a garden but I am a decking fan x

  76. Justine Meyer says:

    i commented on Easter roast dinner, it looks yummy x

  77. Jo m welsh says:

    We have a small garden with lawn and a patio area but not keen on decking as it’s so slippery when wet.

  78. janine atkin says:

    we have a garden and prefer a lawn

  79. Dale Dow says:

    We have both lawn and garden it’s a great space

  80. melanie stirling says:

    We have a lawn and patio,no decking but I wouldn’t mind some.

  81. Sj straw says:

    We have a wide but fairly short garden with a lawn. we have a patio, no decking. Our garden realy needs some love.

  82. Nadine Carruthers says:

    I have a wee garden so i try to keep a lush windowsill with flowers
    & i have some hanging plants at my front door

  83. Keith Hunt says:

    lawn as decking is a holiday home for rats

  84. ImogenC says:

    lawn definitely!

  85. Rich Tyler says:

    Lawn for us, so kiddies can play

  86. Ruth Harwood says:

    we have a communal garden full of our flowers and plants with a lawn for the kids to play on! I do like the lawn, it gives us somewhere to sit with a glass of wine watching the kids play in the sunshine!

  87. Sally Collingwood says:

    I have a lovely garden with decking, lawn and beautiful flower beds with loads of roses and a summer house.

  88. Jayne Townson says:

    A lawn for us as I think it’s nice for children to have somewhere to run around.

  89. Emily Hutchinson says:

    We have lawn and a patio, not keen on decking, it looks nice but it can get so slippy

  90. Ruth T says:

    We have a small garden which is paved with a small flower bed. I am a big fan of a nice grassy garden but unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet.

  91. Claire Carter says:

    Most definitely a lawn fan, as it’s much better for the environment than decking. Surrounded by trees and flowers for birds and bees

  92. Stephen Holman says:

    we have a lawn – not a fan of decking – especially when its wet or icy!!

  93. Jessica Hutton says:

    We have a garden for the first year ever. I would love to eventually get a part of it decked but I love the grass, flowers and trees.

  94. Liv Hinton says:

    We’ve got a largish garden and tge allotment, my daughter loves growing (but mostly eating the fruit) & now wants to grow her own flowers. Plus she loves all the insects. Except flies. My son is only 9 months but he loves soil. And eating it. 😳

  95. Christina Palmer says:

    We have a garden but it is rather small. I still enjoy sitting out there when the sun is shinning. Would love decking but would miss the little grassy area we have.

  96. Geri Gregg says:

    We have a balcony on our flat- its filled with flowers and lovely plants

  97. Katie Skeoch says:

    We have both, the decking is fab but i do love my little lawn

  98. Ellie Brigham says:

    Runner beans and sunflowers, we’ve already grown daffodils, crocus’ and snowdrops this spring, we’d love to branch out into veg!

  99. Mark R says:

    A lawn but it has gradually got smaller as areas have been stolen to fit in e tea plants!

  100. Emma Walker says:

    garden with lots of wild flowers for the bees…

  101. Kate Williams says:

    Yes. We have both. I’m not a fan of either. I prefer plants

  102. Tammy Tudor says:

    Yes, I love to spend time in the garden; to be honest I am a fan of both!

  103. Kirsty R says:

    Ours is all flagged with decking, I would have loved a lawn 😣

  104. Ursula Hunt says:

    We have a garden with lawn at present that we are busy developing

  105. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    We love our garden although I’m looking at decking – getting a little too much to manage – will be sad to loose part of it

  106. Sarah Rees says:

    I have a small lawn and garden but dont spend much time in it

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