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I will admit, I am quite possibly the least green fingered person I know. I am awful when it comes to the garden, which is Ed’s domain (although he isn’t a big plant person either). My mum, however, would always be in the garden if she had her way. She loves a trip to the garden centre to pick up things to plant, and she has a bit of an obsession with garden gnomes as well.
I am so fortunate to have my mum living close to us, and she has been getting the boys interested in gardening too, which is lovely. When I was asked if I would like to be a part of the campaign, run by the GBC Group, in celebration of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month, I thought it would be something really nice for the children and my mum to do together.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month is this month, and growing your own fruit and veg at home is actually a lot easier than I realised. GBC have sent across a hamper, full of everything we will need to get going, including essential gardening tools, a kneeling pad to save my mum’s knees, and of course the seeds themselves to have us growing delicious fruit and veg!
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to get the children involved in gardening, as it gives them something to work towards, and to enjoy afterwards. I am fortunate that the children enjoy eating fruit and vegetables, but there are some they aren’t as keen on. I think growing these will really help with this, and perhaps encourage them to try something new.
If you don’t have access to a garden or allotment, it is still a great idea to get children involved by picking out your own fresh fruit and veg at a grocery, supermarket or local farmer’s market. Cameron, who is almost nine, loves finding out about which vegetables and fruits are in season when, and it is a fantastic opportunity to explore something new with your children.
We were sent across a hamper as part of this campaign, however all words and images are my own.