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.
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.
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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