Here at Aston Childcare we have had great fun growing these fun Cress Heads.
We filled our pots with soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seeds on top. We watered our pots and then covered them with a piece of paper and secured with an elastic band. We then popped them up on a sunny windowsill and waited. In just a few days the paper on my sons pot was bulging and he was so excited to take the paper off and see the cress beneath. My seeds took a few days longer to grow but still a great result.
These are great for kids as a first gardening project and super easy. These pots just have mine and my sons name on but you could go to town on your plant pot with stickers, paint and pens to make them extra fun if you wished.
Here at Aston Childcare, we have been busy planting and growing. The children all show a great interest in the garden and have loved colouring in their own flower and vegetable garden pictures too. As well as our sunflowers, the children have tried their hands at growing carrots and rhubarb with fantastic results.
Here at Aston Childcare, sowing sunflower seeds and watching them grow has become a favourite annual tradition of ours.
Easy and low maintenance, sunflowers are the perfect first flower for children to grow. The children love to hold their seeds and choose where to plant them. Week by week we can watch them grow in to impressive bright yellow blooms.
This year we seem to have got off to a good start! So far, they are all looking lovely and healthy. Check back regularly as we monitor their growth over the Summer!
In 2018 as well as planting and growing our annual sunflowers which, this year were a mixed success(!) we also planted some herbs, fruit and vegetables. We had some success with rhubarb and also with mint. However, despite also planting some peppers, courgettes and onions, only the carrots proved fruitful – I blame the weather!
We will be having another go in 2019 and hope to report better success!!
When we said goodbye to our chickens earlier this year I was determined to use the space for something the children could still all enjoy and benefit from. In their place we now have two raised beds, one for growing fruit and vegetables, and one which I am creating a sensory garden in.
I have made a start on this by planting the last of my sunflower seeds that I have used in previous years, I hope the bright colour and eye-catching flowers will be popular with this years mindees.
Along the front of the bed I have planted some mint taken from a cutting elsehwhere in the garden and also some basil and some rosemary which hopefully the children will enjoy using their sense of smell to enjoy.
Next up, I would like to plant something called ‘Lambs ears’. I loved this plant as a child, it has incredibly soft leaves which I hope the children will enjoy with their sense of touch.
I also plan to plant some lavender that we like to use our playdough for a more sensory experience.
I am pleased to report that the sunflowers have started to grow already and I will keep you posted as to how it all progresses.
Here at Aston Childcare we love our gardening. We are currently watching our beanstalks grow with interest. My 2 after schoolers enjoyed measuring the height of them after school today and they were an impressive 75 centimetres and 1 metre 8 centimetres respectively!
The mint we planted back in October last year is doing fantastically well. Next to the mint sits the rosemary which seems very hardy and smells divine.
The lavender on the table that we love to add to our sensory playdough sessions is coming to the end of its flowering season but has in past months been brilliantly coloured.
And finally, we have a plant marker all ready for our sunflowers that we planted back in March but as yet they haven’t made an appearance, we are hoping they will any week now! Stay tuned…!