How to make the whole family happy by growing your own

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Grow your own with the family, keep everyone happy. Click through for tips on how everyone can get involved whether you have no garden or an allotment.

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I must admit there’s only a couple of aspects of growing your own that makes me happy, the major one being I get free (at the time) food!  And it tastes so much better when you (or someone else) has grown it and it’s picked fresh.  The other thing that makes me happy is seeing my children enjoy picking and selecting the produce and educating them in where and how fruit and veg grows.  I also get satisfaction knowing my husband has an outlet and a hobby that he enjoys.  When the weather’s nice and there’s stuff to pick I’m quite happy down at our allotment, I even enjoy weeding sometimes but on the whole I leave the bulk of the work to him as that’s his thing.  Which brings me on to making your husband happy – it keeps him active, he enjoys having complete control over his own space, seeing his plans come to life, it also gives him time on his own and his own space.  I try as much as possible to ‘let’ him (he’s his own person!) have as much time as he needs there which makes him happier therefore makes me happier!  The time he spends there varies according to the seasons.  I do get fed up with seed trays and potatoes chitting (no that is spelled right) around the house but it’s a small price to pay for a bit of harmony.  In return he’s more likely to do things for me or let me have ‘me’ time.

Yesterday we had a lovely time at our allotment where we grow our own produce – the most successful being beetroot, sweetcorn, carrots, parsnips, squashes, courgettes, artichokes, tomatoes, chillies, potatoes, herbs and berries.

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Baby D loved looking around and now he’s more grabby he nabbed a tomato leaf to explore!  I tried to get him to smell some lavender – herbs make a great sensory experience for children of all ages and especially children with special needs – but he was more interested in eating it!

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It was all too much for him after a while though and he called it a day.

2015-08-29 11.54.48Luckily he’s really happy in my rose and rebellion carrier and had a lovely snuggly nap whilst we finished off.











Phoebe and William may not always choose to come, but when they do they love it!  Phoebe decided to wear her version of an appropriate outfit and shoes (not her first choice of shoes but let’s not go there)

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The joy and happiness on their faces is priceless.  They all enjoy the fresh air, the peaceful atmosphere of the allotments and they take such pride in having a little bit of land apart from the garden that’s all theirs.  We taught them early on where to tread and where not to, which can be difficult in the toddler years, just keep visits brief!  The best part for them is picking stuff – get them really involved by making a big deal of pulling up the carrots, picking tomatoes – digging for potatoes  becomes like searching for buried treasure.  Your own fruit and veg often grows in amusing shapes so there’s always a laugh and children have such vivid imaginations they see characters in everything, some veg we’ve never eaten just played with!  They’re also more likely to eat it as well when they’ve seen where it comes from and taken part in bringing it home (doesn’t always work but I live in hope).

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Of course, not everyone is fortunate enough to have their own allotment, or a garden, but growing your own doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, here are some ideas to start:

If you do decide to go for an allotment, they’re available to anyone, just find your local one, there’s often a waiting list but the cost is minimal to rent (approximately £10-£20 a year).  You can start with a small plot and see how it goes, you need seeds or starter plants and some gardening equipment but be warned it does take a lot of work not only planting and picking but maintenance is important not just for the plants but if you don’t keep up with the weeding and let your plot go the management committee can throw you off!

Happy Growing x

What do you grow and how do you get your family involved?  I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Reply Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    This looks lovely. I have images of my Grandad who used to have an allotment and grow the most amazing tomatoes in his greenhouse. I do miss it. Bet it is fab to get the littlies involved! Hubby used to grow a bit and it was great to eat home grown stuff xx #sundaystars

    August 30, 2015 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Ellie Mulligan

    What a great idea an allotment for the family! I love this! We have one round the back of our garden, when jack is a bit older I think I may invest in one, or even have an area in our garden to grow our own! xx #sundaystars

    August 30, 2015 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Hannah

    We have an allotment too and I agree with everything you said, the kids love it and they do eat more veg because they have seen it grow. I love your pictures, lots of yummy produce too x

    August 30, 2015 at 7:36 am
  • Reply mummascribbles

    I really want to start growing stuff in the garden so Zach can have a little experience of this! We have allotments near us and if we had more time I’d apply for one!! #sundaystars

    August 30, 2015 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Mummy Tries

    I am so desperate to grow my own food, but am hopeless at it… My postage stamp garden does zero for my enthusiasm for gardening. hopefully we’ll move next year and I can start doing this. Fab post xx

    August 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm
    • Reply midwifeandlife

      Thanks! Hope it’s given you some inspiration xx

      August 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    You must get so much satisfaction from your allotment. I am so impressed with all that produce! Understanding where food comes from is so important and those are some great ways to get kids growing. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

    August 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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  • Reply Lady Nym

    Sounds great! My granddad has always grown pretty much all his own veg. but those green fingers didn’t seem to get passed down and my mum and I are both better at killing plants than growing them. #AnythingGoes

    September 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm
    • Reply midwifeandlife

      I am very good at killing house and garden plants too although I love them! My husband does most of the work.

      September 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Mum in Brum

    This is such a lovely thing to do as a family. I’m planning to create an area in our garden to start growing our own. We had some tomato and chili plants a couple of years ago and I loved being able to pick them rather than buying them from the supermarket – they taste so much better too! You’ve just inspired me to get onto this again. #Brillblogposts

    September 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply midwifeandlife

      Thank you, that has made me happy, it’s easy to start with having the odd plant here and there.

      September 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    At our old house we had some great raised veg beds and an orchard. I love growing our own and my daughter loved it to. We don’t have the space at our new house which is such a shame! Lovely post! Thanks for linking up! x

    September 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply midwifeandlife

      Thank you for your feedback, maybe you’ll go back to it one day x

      September 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Random Musings

    I love the idea of growing my own veg, it doesn’t come any more organic than that! I know I wouldn’t have time to properly tend an allotment, but I am thinking of starting a vegetable patch in my garden next spring 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    September 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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  • Reply Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)

    I would like to grow my own vegetables but i am not very green fingered or patient! It is so important to teach children where our food comes from and how it is grown. Working in a school i have noticed that many children think that fruit and vegetables are made in a supermarket.Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    October 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply A Moment with Franca

    I love the idea of growing your own veggies as they will be always much nicer than buying them. I love the idea of having fresh herbs, vegetables or even fruits just ready for you to pick up to add to your dinner!! My dad used to have a small allotment at the back of our garden and he used to grow some tomatoes, lettuces and carrots. I live in a flat atm so this is not something we can do but when we go and visit my parents in law my girls always enjoy watching grandpa picking up fresh tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, a so many different herbs. It is really lovely!! Thanks so much for joining me at #KCACOLS for this week. I hope you enjoyed being my featured post this week!! Thanks so much for commenting that much last week! I’m also so happy that you will be my guest co-host in a few weeks time!!! Yahh Hope you join me again on Sunday!! 🙂 xxx

    October 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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