Growing a love of gardening with Great Little Garden

A toddler planting seeds in pots.

I’m going to start this post with a confession. I’m awful when it comes to looking after the garden! I mow the lawn – probably less often than I should – and pull up weeds.

Basically, I’m reactive instead of proactive. In fact, all we’ve really done is maintain what we have rather than improve upon it.

Of course, we all enjoy being outside and have been meaning to make more of an effort for a while.

Thanks to the people at Great Little Garden, we have taken the first step. They sent us a small children’s bundle to try out so we’ve decided to involve the kids in the broader project of making our garden nicer.

‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ goes the old proverb and I get the feeling that this is going to ring true.

The bundle we received comprised a wooden trug, a three-piece tool set, some colourful gloves and a packet of sunflower seeds.

As our garden is still *ahem* a work in progress, we descended on my parents’ house. The plan was to start off the sunflowers in their greenhouse to give them a head start while we clear a suitable plot in our back yard.

Amelie was very interested in the bundle and had soon claimed ownership of it. She proudly wandered around the garden in the same way my mum does while planning what to plant where.

I was amazed when we sat her at a table to start potting the seeds – she knew exactly what to do. She hadn’t seen any of us gardening before – including my parents. Conversely, she must have seen someone planting seeds on television!

On went the gloves and she was soon using the trowel to put compost in flower pots. She was very efficient and they were all soon full.

We handed her the sunflower seeds and, again, she knew what needed doing. I thought she was going to look at them or maybe even try eating one, but she carefully placed them in the pots.

Before I knew it, she had finished. We helped her water them – although I’m sure she would have managed on her own – and popped them in the greenhouse.

I was so impressed. She knew what to do and wasn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty either. It looks like we might have a green-fingered gardening guru on our hands!

Seeing how much she enjoyed planting the seeds has given me the impetus to do more gardening.

I know it won’t take long for her sunflowers to start growing so the clock is ticking. I’m going to get our garden ready for them and plenty more besides.

I’m already looking forward to helping Amelie cultivate her love of gardening. And who knows? I might well get into it too.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.


  1. Tim Bonner

    Good stuff.

    It’s great to be outdoors spending time with the kids. If you can get them interested in gardening all the better!

    I’m pretty useless in the garden. I get as far as mowing the lawn and picking up leaves. Maybe I’ll feel like making more of an effort when the weather improves…

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