Spring Bulb Planting With Children

gardening with kidsOne of the lovely things about this time of year is the chance to fling open the back doors and get the children outside and helping you in the garden. Its a really good opportunity to do some tidying and to plant some lovely bulbs to enjoy later on in the year.

I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to join in Bakker Spalding Garden Company‘s  70th birthday celebrations. They provided the children with a huge box of bulbs including begonias, freesias and gladioli. We set to work quickly on planting them as the weather at the moment is gorgeous.

This year we are going to be concentrating on growing flowers rather than vegetables because I think it will make a lovely change to have some freshly cut flowers in our house. So, we’ve turned over 1 of our raised beds to bulbs, as you can see above Fifi did a great job preparing them.

child laying out bulbs for plantingThe next step was to lay out the bulbs where we wanted to plant them, so they were evenly spaced. This was a lot of fun, for this bed we have opted for a display of fresias which I had in my wedding display and I hope we will be able to harvest. We dotted the rest of the bulbs throughout the beds in the front and back gardens and I hope they will add some interest later on in the year!

freesia bulbs

Planting bulbs gave me the chance to do something a bit different from usual with the children. In previous years we have grown vegetable from seeds (and I will grow some tomatoes and sunflowers this year with them) into pots. I think they enjoyed the chance to plant something directly in the soil and appreciated the differences between planting bulbs and seeds, discussing the correct way up and how deep. It proved a really good learning curve and I hope with each small gardening project my children gain some valuable life skills.


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