We have been attempting #41 of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4; Plant it, grow it, eat it. I thought it may be one of the easier challenges to complete in our back garden; however we have come up against more challenges than I anticipated.
Growing our own vegetables has always appealed to me, in fact I’ve always had a dream of living The Good Life. I can just imagine having a couple of chickens, a small vegetable patch with every vegetable we enjoy eating. Nothing too drastic, just a little self sufficient.
To help us complete #41, we decided to grow tomatoes and lettuce… Boyo and Princess Pants threw themselves into it completely. We bought a large terracotta pot, and several of the biodegradable mini pot things along with enough seeds to start a vegetable farm.
We planted the tomatoes in the small pots, and the lettuce in the large pot. However, once we had placed the lettuce pot out onto our patio, PP decided that she wanted to do her own gardening. You see, PP loves dirt, and compost also has the same allure. We still have lettuce leaves, trouble is I think there are more that I’m struggling to identify in the grass than in the actual pot, so we may not actually get to eat the lettuce.
The tomatoes have been just as much a disaster… On one of our lovely sunny days, I decided it would be a good idea to pop them outside in the sun… And I ummm… Forgot about them… The next morning, I went outside to find them on the floor… I was a little gutted.
We will now have to start again. Fingers crossed. All is not lost, Boyo and Princess Pants have helped Nanny plant her vegetables… We will most definitely get to eat those, because my Mum has far greener fingers than I!