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Little Green Fingers

Little Green Fingers

I’ve always had an interest in growing my own vegetables. When I was a little girl, living with my Nan and Grandad I liked to grow my own potatoes and beans. Basic kid’s stuff really. I had my own little pink gardening set. Which was stored proudly in my Grandad’s shed. Now, as a 22 year old mother, I feel this sudden urge to grow my own veg again.

The price of food is rising and maternity pay is decreasing. It time to take (a muddy) action!

Me, Jay and Willow walk the short distance to our nearest garden center where I buy 3 tomato plants. I feel like a pro already! Then we retired for cake and tea in the tea room. The next day I see that Tesco’s has started it’s summer gardening range. I must admit I got very excited. So excited I brought a mini propagator which came with lettuce and pepper seeds. My dad came round that evening and found it very amusing to find me in the garden sowing my seeds and dressed like Penelope Kieth!

I soon realised that I was better than a few tommy plants and a Tesco’s propagator the size of an ice cream tub. I decided it was time to call in the cavalry.

First point of call… Grandad. He gave to me packs of broad beans, peas, tomatoes and cabbages to set.

Second point of call… mother-in-law. She gave me more tomatoes (good job we like tomatoes!), lettuce, radish, and several packs of herbs.

We took a trip to the garden center where I sock up on compost, and grow bags and even treated myself to a little pop-up green house. I’m proud as punch and couldn’t wait to get home to start my proper journey into veg-ulthood.

Now 4 weeks later I am proud to say that my green house is stocked with radishes, cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots, broad beans, peas, lettuces, parsnips, and yet more bloody tomatoes! And in the garden is a big patch of potatoes, mint, parsley and rhubarb! I can’t wait until Willow is old enough to own her very first pink gardening set and my shed can proudly display them for her, just like my Grandad’s shed did for me. I do find myself going out into the garden several times a day now to just see if any of my seedlings have grown a millimeter or two since I last looked a whole hour ago.

To be quite honest I’m not entirely sure that I have enough room in my garden to set all the seedlings that are currently in the greenhouse into when they have sprouted big enough! I’ll just have to dig up all those Lilly’s that I hate so much!! Oh well 🙂

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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