Aka Teaching the girls how to garden
The last month the house of Arrow has been even dirtier than usual.
My daughters aged 4 and 5 have been planting. Cue lots of soil, lots of seeds and even more soil. Have I mentioned there was some soil involved in this gardening project? And mud. No garden is complete without mud it would seem.
We went to Asda to chose our seeds. Jasmine (aged 4) chose tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, runner beans and corn on the cob. Kira (aged 5) chose Strawberries, cress and Lobelia. We also bought some propagating trays and several bags of soil. Kira declared she wanted sunflowers so we added those to the trolley as well.
The journey home was quite fraught, driving and trying to explain that they couldn’t plant them in the car, that the dirt should stay in the bag and that sunflowers are also planting as well as eating and we had got the planting variety and not the eating variety! Is there a difference? I have no idea but they were not going to eat them before we got home.
It was all a bit much for poor old mum (me), who only has green fingers when she paints her nails…
So dad took over and soon the dining table was unrecognisable, soil, plants and seeds where everywhere and then Jasmine proudly plonked down a propagating tray on the window sill, with such a gentle touch that half the house shuddered. They’ll never grow I thought. Never in a million years as I watched her use the equivalent of the Hanningfield reservoir to water them.
But they did.
The Tomatoes shot up! followed by the runner beans and cress. I don’t think the sweetcorn has made it or the sunflowers – but Jasmine doesn’t care. The strawberries were lovingly transplanted by Kira into hanging baskets and then water very heavily by Jasmine. They are also growing like wildfire.
We made egg and cress sandwiches, Jasmine was not impressed. Kira turned her nose up as well and no amount of persuading would convince her to eat the cress she had grown! Jasmine has declared she is going to grow things when she grows up. I believe her. She says she is waiting for her ‘martos to grow and she checks them every day, she is a very determined young lady and heaven help them ‘martoes if they don’t grow!
Next year I will be more prepared. I shall go out for the day and leave Kev and the girls to it
Anita would like to thank Sarah Arrow for her guest post!
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