So today, instead of going out, we decided to stay at home and do some work in the garden and the allotment. Normally as Sunday’s is our only day where were all together, we go for a walk at the beach or go swimming, or something, but we decided a day at home was needed. It was lovely as we didn’t have to get ready to go anywhere, so we had some extra lazy morning chilling time. Now I’m not normally one for gardening, it’s just not my thing, but for sone reason I felt quite motivated. Last year we barely did anything with the garden or allotment because of being pregnant and then having a newborn, which kinda took up all our time! So this year, it’s back on. There’s nothing like eating your own home grown veg! And it’s a great activity to get the kids involved in outdoors.
I started on the front garden, as we had some herbs and primroses to plant. My baby girls nap time timed perfectly with this and my hubby took my boy up to the allotment, so I was able to crack on. The garden really needed some TLC, it still does, but I made a good start. I dug over the flower beds outside our front door and you could tell it hadn’t been touched for ages. There were so many stones in the soil, I don’t understand where they all came from! About an hour in, my boy appeared with hubby, he had got bored up at the allotment, so was coming to help me instead. Well, he had great fun finding all the worms in amongst the earth and put them together in a flower pot. He said the worms were a family and needed to be with each other, he’s so cute! I think I did an ok job with the primroses and herbs. It wasn’t long before my boy got bored of finding worms, so we had to go back in side, but it was a start and the garden looks a bit brighter.
After lunch we all decided to take a trip up to the allotment, it’s just a couple of minutes walk from our front door. We took the picnic rug and some snacks for the kids so they would be happy for a short while. The sun came out, so it was lovely and warm, perfect for an afternoon of digging! Now the allotment hadn’t been touched in ages so the weeds were absolutely huge! Back breaking work required! So me and the hubby got to work digging over the soil and pulling out the weeds. All the weeds went in to the chicken coop for our chicken (yes just the one) to peck through. Then when it’s all been pecked through my hubby will put any soil left over back in to the allotments soil.
All in all we managed about an hour and a half of digging. We filled the wheelbarrow twice with weeds! In between helping my boy find more worms and make them a house and making sure my baby girl didn’t eat too much soil! We honestly all had the best time and really achieved something. We have so much to do up at the allotment but we managed to dig about a quarter of the plot, which is about 30 metres long by 6 metres wide in total. Best of all we were all outdoors together enjoying the fresh air and sun. I’m really excited about getting my boy more involved this year now he’s a bit older, and he already has his own seeds he wants to grow.
Next we’re going to start thinking about which vegetables we want to grow and plot out where to put them. And my reward for today’s hard graft? A G&T with ice and a lime slice!