This weekend I spent some time in the garden with little Sam, sowing a few dwarf beans and sunflowers, as the seeds are big enough for a two year old to handle. Despite trying to eat the potting compost at one point, I think he enjoyed himself, especially watering the seeds in with his little watering can.
Sam was also keen to see inside the Can-O-Worms, and when I mixed it all around and exposed hundreds of worms of all sizes, from babies to adults, he was very impressed. He insisted on holding a worm, and was less squeamish about that than his Dad!
Once Sam got bored with gardening and went back indoors I planted some leeks and perpetual spinach in my raised bed – all plug plants bought from our local garden centre. Alongside those I sowed a short row of spring onions, one of radish, and two of watercress. In order to keep the local moggies away from the new plantings/sowings I constructed a rough ‘cloche’ from chicken wire and bamboo canes. Hopefully it will be enough to deter them from waltzing all over that part of the bed and destroying my planting. We’ll see.