We love to get in the garden and after growing our own tomatoes last year the children were very keen to grow more this year.
We don’t have a garden though, so when QVC asked if we would like to take part in their ‘Watch Them Grow’ campaign we knew we wanted to join in but thought it might be a problem unless we did it at my Mum’s just like last year.
We ordered a Little Growers Vegetable Kit to be delivered to her house (there is also a flower kit) and then this weekend, a little late in the growing season, we got cracking! My Mum reckons they will still grow despite us being a little late in the planting!
The kit contained everything we needed to plant green beans, peppers, tomatoes and sweetcorn! Even the soil and I had no idea but because of the size of it we could have totally done it at our house and had it on the windowsill ouside! It’s very cute and the children had loads of fun planting!
Together with its garden expert Richard Jackson and child psychologist / family expert, Dr Pat Spungin, QVC is launching this campaign called “Watch Them Grow” in a bid to get parents and grandparents to spend more quality time outdoors with children.
The aim of the kit is to remove the barriers to passing on the tradition of gardening with children in a way that’s fun, easy, geared specifically towards children and cost-effective.
The campaign follows research British parents and children, which found gardening is in decline, with almost a half of parents revealing they’ve never gardened with their kids (45%). Slightly worryingly, this could be leading to some of the misconceptions held by children as one in five kids believe flowers are made by people, while one in ten think flowers are made in supermarkets!
Dr Pat Spungin, who believes that gardening with kids is a useful educational tool for kids and as such has endorsed the Watch Them Grow Guide, thinks that the natural outdoor joys of gardening are a good counter balance to the fast-paced, screen-based world they now inhabit. Plus, it’s a great way to stimulate a child intellectually and teach where food comes from. The research also found that gardening is British adults’ number one childhood memory (27%), beating breaking up for the summer holidays and learning how to ride a bike. The reasons for this, unsurprisingly, included the chance to spend quality time with parents getting muddy(!) and being creative.
We had loads of fun and can’t wait to watch them grow!
I was sent the kit for the purpose of an honest review.