We often receive wonderful posts from many people and we’re delighted to be able to share this post with you from Dawn Isaac who’s site is called Little Green Fingers. Thanks for sharing this with us Dawn and letting us post it on the Blog. Please do have a look at Dawn’s site as it’s wonderful to read!
I’m looking at my kitchen windowsill and feeling guilty. It’s groaning under the weight of tender vegetable seedlings which the children and I will plant out in the next couple of weeks. There are tomatoes, pumpkins, courgettes, squash, outdoor cucumbers and even a fledgling sweetcorn.
Sounds good doesn’t it? Trouble is, like the diner party hostess who bought Marks & Spencer ready meals, I feel such a fraud.
You see, although we planted the tomatoes and pumpkins, everything else was bought from a shop. Not even a garden centre or nursery – just the local discount shop in town. Is this wrong? Have I let myself down? Even worse have I let the children down not growing it all from seed?
Of course, my intentions were honourable, but as Bill Clinton would have it ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’ Packet of squash seeds £3.65. Cost of single, successfully germinated and grown on plant £1. Likelihood I would misplace seeds until too late to sow – high. Ditto for cucumbers, courgettes and sweetcorn. This way, the children get the chance to try growing a range of vegetables they would otherwise miss out on, plus I only have to make windowsill room for a single plant of each. Pragmatic or just cheating? You decide…