Gardening time!

This weekend we had such a treat: one day without rain and even (yes!) a few rays of sunshine!! Hurray for May! Seriously, the weather has been so lousy here in Amsterdam, we’re in much need of sun. Anyway, we decided it was time to spend a day in our little garden to plant all the seedlings we’d grown in the windowsill of the kid’s room the last weeks: tomato, pumpkin, courgette, sunflowers, nasturtiums, sweet pea… They had by now grown into little puppy plants so it was time for them to hit the rough Amsterdam climate outside.

Carrots, radishes, salad and rocket are best sewn in the full ground (outside). If you don’t have a garden or balcony, you can also easily grow these vegetables on your window sill. Just one word of advice (we keep doing this wrong!) — don’t sew the seeds too close together, or the carrots, radishes etc don’t have room to grow! Plain salad and rocket are also super easy to grow (even in the windowsill), and you can keep cutting their leaves for a long time.

Of course we set the children to work immediately. They love gardening! Obviously the small scale of our vegetable garden-to-be will far from feed our entire family, but it’s a real pleasure to harvest our own grows, little as it may be, and it’s educational for the children. Here are some really fun ideas for gardening with kids:

Sara received this super cute Gardening Giftbox (from French brand Moulin Roty) as a gift and it comes filled with little pots, compost, seeds, a watering can and gardening tools — all packed in an adorable little suitcase. So cool! Sara and her friend spent hours working in the garden, preparing the soil, sewing their seeds, watering the plants, etc.

I got some bags of seeds at the Balcony Gardener. These bags are really pretty and also make gorgeous gifts (I just ordered a few more of them!). They also sell beautiful quality kid’s sized gardening tools which we love.

Finally, if you live in the Netherlands or Belgium (or speak Dutch), this little Moestuinkabouterpakket is such fun and so very, very cute. It comes with seeds, bags to sew them in, labels, a little book about the garden gnomes that will help you to look after the seedlings (provided you make sure their hat and coat is hanging ready for them to wear!).

xxx Esther


Comments (3)

May 17, 2012

Yesterday, in our modest kitchen garden, Levi (6yrs old) and I planted, tomatoes (paste and cherry), eating cucumbers, two kinds of eggplants, sweet peppers and jalapeno peppers. We’ll plant basil in mid June, we can still get nights that are too cool for it. My herb garden is already in full swing with apple mint, catmint (nepta or catnip), flat parsley, sage, thyme, and oregano. I have my potted rosemary and lavender out in the back garden space. I grew up in Maine where we had a large garden from which we put up all of own veggies. So I am glad that I am lucky enough to have a kitchen garden space for Levi to learn about gardening, eating truly fresh veggies and how to cook with them.

Esther in Amsterdam
May 17, 2012

Hi Steph, your garden sounds so lovely! And I agree, it’s just wonderful for children to see vegetables grow, and learning how to cook with them. Levi is a lucky boy — his mama sounds like a great gardener and cook! xxx

May 21, 2012

Have you seen this ?!
Some more gardening inspiration! 🙂

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