Growing Little Beans
The recent sunshine beams seem to have brought everything bursting to leaf and flower before our very eyes. The buddlia and willow stems have doubled in height virtually overnight and even our own little bean Eomer is swinging around in too short trousers all of a sudden!
One spectacular weekend had us planting our own yearly mini-crops: broad beans, redcurrants and lettuce and watering potatoes (and each other!) and re-rooting some willow. We have a pretty guerrilla gardening approach to planting and a lot of it simply becomes survival of the fittest in our jungle of a garden.
Our Little Trekkers love potting and burying seeds and I’m especially looking forward to our bumper lettuce harvest after Eomer poured the whole packet of seeds into the soil – eek! Watering up the steep terraces is always an ordeal but definitely (once mummy has lugged up the gallons of water!) a favourite job.
Quiet time for reading and more essential ladder climbing make for a perfect garden day.
Back in the woods our Forest School adventures have had involved more planting and growing (hello Mr Grass Gnome!) lots of swinging from trees, bird watching and making nests.
All wonderful springtime moments we love. More please Mr Sunshine!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.