Here in the U.K were are slowly heading towards Spring. We have had a few days of warmer weather and I am so ready for winter to be over.
We are getting excited to start plant vegetables again this year. Last year was a great success. We grew lettuce, radishes, onions, herbs, tomatoes, Swiss chard, beetroot, spring onions.
Sadly, due to such terrible weather at the end of summer our tomatoes didn't ripen. It was incredibly frustrating as we had so many. Also, our beans tasted horrible, really bitter. But, you live and learn and we are ready to begin a fresh new batch of goodies.
FRESH RADISHES, LETTUCE AND MINT FROM THE GARDEN.
PICKING THE ONIONS, THEY WERE AMAZING
This year, we have moved house so things will be different. Although, the house we moved into already has some raised beds, which is a bonus!
We have begun planting our seeds indoors and then we will slowly move them to the small greenhouse we have. And as soon as they are strong enough, they will be planted into the raised beds.
SEEDS//SEED BOX//SEED STARTING RECORD
MY YOUNGER CHILDREN PLANTING THEIR CHOSEN VEGETABLES
INDOOR SEED STARTING - just a shoe rack!
We bought our seeds from Sarah Raven. One thing we did learn from last year, is to buy high quality seeds. If you buy the cheap ones from the supermarket they tend to be poor quality.
I decided to use this opportunity to get the kids involved. I want them to understand the process of growing your own and to also respect food. We are very fortunate to live in a part of the world where we have an abundance of food. They are incredibly picky eaters, and so I hope this will help them to appreciate the huge variety of food we have access to.
(My older boys were picky eaters too, but now they eat absolutely everything weird I throw at them!)
I will post more photos on my instagram account, so please follow along. And tag me any posts of your veg garden! I love to find inspiration from my followers.
To help you keep a track of your seeds, I am giving away a free seed record sheet.