We popped along one rainy Tuesday morning, half expecting everyone to be rained off but No! It was a buzzing hive of activity with plenty of muddy footprints, digging and laughter.
We started in the poly tunnel, mixing up seeds, clay and compost for seed bombs, feeling the mud between our fingers and we squeezed and rolled it into balls, then Ramona headed for the seed pots for planting, salads and onions ready for glorious random planting around the town – while Eomer stuck tight to my legs in desperate shyness!
Down the slope Eomer started to stretch his legs a bit and feel a bit more at home as we grabbed spades and started digging holes to pop the potatoes in one at a time. There were further exciting moments as worms were discovered, hauled out and examined closely!
By the time we got back up to the top to light the Kelly Kettle ready for hot chocolate, Ramona had already learnt how to make newspaper wrap around pots and Eomer had ventured inside the shed to have a nose and explore. Finishing with hot chocolate and pancakes grabbed everyone’s attention to rally round and muddy hands mixed with sticky fingers for the perfect end to a delightful morning in the garden.
Do look in your local area as Incredible Edibles are a growing (boom boom) network of community run, self-funded, gardening initiatives, and a wonderful chance to plant, grow, muck about in the mud and meet other outdoor friendly folk. Guerrilla gardening and random planters are also on the cards…watch this space!
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.