Green fingers

This week, E has been out in the garden and polytunnel planting seeds with her Grandad. She's had a blast, digging holes and filling them, watering and generally helping. Since having the girls, I've not been out and helping as much as I have done in the past. I must admit that I don't know exactly what has been planted this year but we usually have lots of potatoes, lettuce and runner beans, as well as raspberries and rhubarb. 

Its got me thinking about our soon-to-be garden and what I can do with it and how E (and T as she gets older) can get involved. To begin with, we won't be able to do too much as it needs some work doing to make it safe (being a split level).  

But I'd still like to get them earning what's involved and how to grow something from scratch. With that in mind, the plan is to set up a small area somewhere inside for the girls to make a start and we're planning to do that with the help of some LED Lighting as part of LightBulbs Direct's #BulbsforBulbs campaign. LED lighting can achieve similar results to the traditional incandescent lamp but in a greener and more efficient way - brilliant!  So I've been doing a little research and looking at how to get started: 

1 - Certain plants prefer certain spectrums of light so checking how your seeds will respond to different colours can help you get the best results.  

2 - Find a good spot in your home where your plants can sit without you knocking into them every 5 minutes and in reach of a plug socket. The lighting needs to be between 10 and 40 inches away from the plants - this is important so that the plant receives the right amount of light. 

3- To mimic the sunlight it would get outside you need to give your plants about 12 hours of light a day but obviously this can vary depending upon the plants needs. 

4 - Remember to water! Compared to other lighting, plants under LED lighting don't perspire as much meaning that they don't need to be watered quite so often but again, this will vary from plant to plant.

5 - Plants need rotating on a weekly basis to ensure each part receives an equal amount of light.  

I don't know about you, but that all seems easy enough?  I can't wait until we can get started and reap the rewards. I plan on keeping it simple and starting with herbs before moving on to some yummy strawberries and some leafy veg. 

We were sent some lovely gardening treats to help us with our adventures in gardening. All words and opinions are my own. 


  1. Wow what an amazing garden, I wish we owned our house as I would love to grow food xx