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  1. Easy grow your own vegetables for children through the seasons

    Have you noticed my carrot photos on Instagram recently?  I’m so amazed!  I grew carrots from seeds and they are giants!  I have a couple of vegetable trugs in our garden and some pots in which we have been growing various fruit and veggies for three years now, ever since we’ve had our garden.  I don’t find a lot of time to get out in the garden to tend to my crops as I’m a busy mum who tries to work full time around household chores and mum duties, so the easier the veg to grow, the better.  I tend to pop the seeds in the soil and hope for the best!  Ben is in the garden much more than me so he remembers to water them.  Though the UK rainy weather often does a good job of this for us! 

    Easy grow your own vegetables for children through the seasons

    I hope as the children grow older I will find more time to grow a lot more and I’ll encourage them to help me.  Reuben is only two, so a little young, but he can still help with digging around and dropping seeds in (if I can prevent him from putting them in his mouth first!)  Bella is five and loves to help out with anything we are doing, particularly gardening.  Children find gardening fascinating and love to watch things grow, especially if they’ve planted it themselves.  I’m certain it encourages a love for the outdoors, wildlife and eating a healthier diet.  There are plenty of vegetables and fruit that are very easy for children to grow and look after.  By easy I mean popping the seed or plant in compost, watering daily and just letting nature do its work; easy for us adults and very easy for children to enjoy the pleasures of growing their own food.

    Here are some super easy vegetables to plant throughout the different seasons:

    Spring

    Carrots from seed – teeny little seeds that can be left to their own devices.  Cover with some thin mesh netting until the green tops are fairly long to prevent carrot fly.  I sow my seeds quite early in spring after the last frost.

    Potatoes from seed – plant your potato seeds half way down in potato sacks late February to March, once the green shoots start to poke through add more compost to cover them and keep doing this to the top of the sack.    You’ll get a load of greenery up top with flowers, once this starts to wilt it’s time to empty the sack to find all your potatoes! 

    Summer

    French beans from seed – these produce a great crop and it seems the more you pick, the more beans you get!  They just keep popping out of nowhere!  I sow these once it’s quite warm in late May/early June as they really don’t like cold weather.  They wrap themselves around the nearest thing and climb, so create a bamboo wigwam for them to grab onto and climb high.

    Courgette plant – I cheated with courgettes this year as the seeds I sowed in spring didn’t materialise, so the neighbour gave us a courgette plant ready to plant out in June.  The more you pick, the more you get.  I read once a courgette plant can give up to 30 courgettes!  Yum!  Just make sure they have a sunny spot.

    Autumn/Winter

    Leeks from seed in summer / plant in autumn – the first year I grew leeks they didn’t work so well, but last year they were brilliant!  They are slow growers, so if you plant late in the summer they will grow quite slowly and survive the cold temperatures of autumn and winter.  Or pop the plants out early autumn.  We had lots of delicious leeks last year right through to the winter months.  They just seem to last in the soil forever and aren’t bothered by the cold.

    Check out my grow your own blog posts for more advice and photos of previous years harvests!

    Infographic: How your garden transforms through the seasons

    This infographic by Rattan Direct explains what else you can plant in your garden throughout the changing seasons and how best to look after your outdoor space at each stage:  

    Winter-to-Summer---How-Does-Your-Garden-Transform-During-These-Months Infographic on Lylia Rose UK Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Summer Garden? Why Not Have One That Lasts All Year?

    As soon as the summer rears its pretty head, homeowners panic about their garden. Among the most common fright-filled questions is the phrase: ‘is it summer ready?’ Sure, it’s great to have a place to go and relax when the weather's warm. It’s also nice to let the kids play without having to worry. The issue is the theory that a garden is only good for the summertime. The reality is that one can be beautiful and practical all year round if you know the tricks of the trade. For those that are interested, you can find them underneath.

     Summer Garden Why Not Have One That Lasts All Year 1

    Plant Evergreens

    Most people think of evergreen plants like ferns and associate them with Christmas. And, yes, they aren’t the type of greenery that you want to fill your garden with, but they are not the only plants that will survive the autumn and winter.  Flowers are sturdier than you think. The Ceanothus flower, for example, is a vivid blue colour that blooms from one spring to the next, while the Viburnum Tinus has a soft, subtle white hue. As long as you give them the attention they deserve, the colours will stay constant from one season to the next.

    Don’t Fill With Clutter

    Probably the main garden feature, once the summer goes, is the mess. Because people don’t use it during the colder months, it is a perfect place to store bulky items. However, you have to resist the urge if you want to maintain a year round garden. What sets summer grounds apart is the fact that they are fit for purpose. Yours, however, won’t fit the bill if there are garden tools and an old refrigerator taking up space. If you have rubbish, throw it in the bin or dispose of it properly, but don’t leave it in the garden.

    Summer Garden Why Not Have One That Lasts All Year Blog Post

    Invest In Decking

    Maintaining plants and flowers all year long is a hard task because they need a lot of attention. So, the trick is to invest in materials that can take the brunt of the punishment without any help. Decking, anyone? Quite simply, decking is incredibly sturdy and doesn’t buckle under pressure from the weather. In fact, the rain will make it shine better than before. What’s great about it is that you can use it regardless of the season. As long as there protection from the elements, there is nothing wrong with sitting in the garden in November.

    And Invest Your Time

    Whatever you try, the garden won’t look after itself. It isn’t an independent person – it’s a garden. As a result, you will need to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The weather might be bad and it won’t seem like a good idea, but it’s the only way to maintain the area. Anyway, it only takes fifteen to twenty minutes every week to keep it in tip-top shape. Plus, just imagine the feeling when summer comes around and you don’t have to start from scratch.

    See, year round gardens really are possible!

     

    *collaborative post

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  3. #blogtipslinky #2

    Welcome to my second installment of my monthly #blogtipslinky - a place to share all your blogging related blog posts, guides and advice. You can link up as many relevant posts as you like!

    These tips can be anything that are helpful to a blogger.  So not necessarily just blogging tips, but anything that can help a blog such as photography advice, small business guides, how to stay motivated when working from home.  Basically any tips that relate  to blogging as a hobby or business.

    Thanks to those who linked up last month!  Hopefully it will take off, but we'll see.  I'm going to share all three as they're super helpful blog posts:

    Trips with a Tot: How I drive traffic to my Blog from Facebook + Twitter | Linky list of 20 Blog Link-ups

    Digital Motherhood: Helpful Tips For New Bloggers

    Craft with Cartwright: 100 hashtags for creative bloggers

    Thank you so much all for linking up!  Make sure you link up this time for a chance for a backlink from me and I will also add all posts to my Twitter queues on Social Oomph for ongoing shares!

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    To take part

    Link up any posts (as many as you like) with blogging related tips and advice (blogging, photography, working from home, self motivation, small business tips, etc)

    Add my blog badge to the posts you are linking up to be in with a chance of a backlink next month

    Visit as many other blog posts as you can to share the love and learn something new

    Use the hashtag #blogtipslinky if sharing posts on Twitter and I'll retweet

    What I'll do

    Visit your blog post and comment (if comments are open)

    If you share your blog post on Twitter with #blogtipslinky and tag @lyliarose or @lyliaroseuk I will retweet for you (56400/4900 followers)

    I will also share my favourite posts each month with a link back to you (currently DA36)

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