We have been making plans for our bit of land on the hillside, which we refer to as “the Pen” for the past year now.
A few years ago we randomly planted some pea pod seeds in an old bath on our pen, and when they were ripe the children couldn’t get enough of them. They loved selecting the biggest pods and it was so much fun popping the pods and tasting the sweet peas that had grown inside! Even the little treasures who moaned about having peas on their dinner plate devoured the growing peas almost every day until they had all gone.
We also have a few old blackcurrant bushes up there that fruit every year, and just as they did with the peas, the children have learnt how to select the ripe ones and snack on them as if they were going out of fashion!
However, the peas were a big eye opener for us as parents. We constantly try to make sure they are getting enough fruit and veg in their diet, when the darlings pull their faces whilst eating them off their plates. In complete contrast, by watching the peas and berries grow, and being able to pick them, the kids were literally excited to eat their fruit and veg, or as our 5 year old called them, “yuck stuff!”
So we hatched a plan to grow as many different fruit and vegetables as we could, most of which would be for the kids to pick and snack on as they liked while they were on the pen, and with a few that they could harvest and help me cook.
After doing some research we came up with a lengthy list of things we would like to try:
- honey berries
- spring onions
We gathered together some containers and pots of various sizes, we already had two old baths , and decided we would make a garden area on a part of land we didn’t use. we filled them all with manure and compost and left them over the winter.
Our garden, taken early this spring, needing weeding and ready for planting.
So now its Spring at last we are all ready for planting. It needed a good lot of weeding especially the green bath where nettles were trying to take over ( I hate nettles – ouch). And it was an important part of the process to get the children involved in the planting, not just the eating!
I think you need more water girls!
The kids really enjoyed it actually, and who can complain on a sunny spring day with views like this to enjoy!
Views from our pen
Now we even have some rhubarb growing, can’t wait to make a crumble when its grown
So we have planted everything, some seeds in trays at home to plant later, and its just a waiting game now. We even planted apple, plum and pear trees in our little orchard where we took down some old apple trees to make way for new.
I will keep you up to date on the progress of our fruit and veg and I will keep my fingers crossed that everything grows!