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October 04, 2014

Homegrown, Healthy and Happy Family Fun.

My Dad is a keen gardener and, over the years, he’s transformed his garden into a lovely miniature allotment, growing a huge variety of vegetables.

Throughout the summer, we get to wander into the garden and pick lots of lovely vegetables, such as peas, potatoes and courgettes. Also tomatoes and chillies come from his little greenhouse. We’re so lucky, because they taste amazing, but it also helps to teach the grandchildren all about how food is grown and where it comes from. It really encourages the young ones to eat fresh vegetables, as they picked them straight from Bampy’s garden.

As the Summer was coming to an end, he needed some help to dig over the garden and harvest the last remaining vegetables before they went to waste, so we headed over to his house, one Sunday afternoon.

Suitably dressed in wellies and old clothes, we started digging in the rows of beetroot, pulling up handfuls of juicy, round beetroot, cutting of the leaves and putting them in the buckets. We had loads, and my husband had to start thinking of the different recipes he could use, to best preserve a huge bucket full of beetroot!


Next we started on the rows of potatoes. Once again, we started by pulling up a few here and there. but by the end of our digging session we had another bucket full of lovely home-grown spuds, which would be great for our roasts, mash, Dauphinoise, jackets and chips!

bampys garden

After a few hours of digging we managed to harvest bucketfuls of beetroot, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, garlic, chillies, pears, red and white onions and courgettes. It was a great day of family activity, resulting in lots of wonderful treats and the start of some delicious meals, chutneys, pickles and sauces!


In a small back garden, we’re very lucky to be able to grow our own. It’s a great way of encouraging children to eat healthily and gain a good understanding of where our food comes from.



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14 thoughts on “Homegrown, Healthy and Happy Family Fun.

  1. Coombe Mill says:

    What a fab activity. It’s great that it was such a family event and I’m sure you all had a share of the vegetables to make a delicious tea with. I do agree that it’s easier to get kids to eat healthily if they helped grow and or pick the food. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you. We had a lovely afternoon helping my Dad. My daughter loved coming home from school and going start out to the garden to pick the fresh peas. Lovely to see her enjoying homegrown vegetables.

  2. Wow, that is a good haul, what a brilliant selection of veg! I think it’s great to get kids involved in growing and harvesting, and I do find that they will eat more if they’ve picked it themselves x #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, my Dad had such a good year with his garden. Lovely fresh veggies through the summer.
      My daughter eats the salads and vegetables if she knows it comes from my Dad’s garden, such a great way of getting her to eat healthy.

  3. Hi Kim, what a great way for kids to learn about how food is grown and a great way to learn how good fresh food tastes.
    When it comes to beetroot I love it. At Christmas when we have a buffet or when (if) if have salad there’s nothing I enjoy more than beetroot jelly.
    About half a jar of pickled beetroot is needed. Mix up a raspberry jelly with about two thirds water and one third vinegar or 3-1 if you don’t like things too sharp. Just before it sets add the half jar of beetroot and it’s wonderful when set.
    xxx Huge Hugs to you all xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Beetroot is such a favourite of mine, I love it at Xmas too. I haven’t heard of beetroot jelly so will be showing my husband this receipe is sounds delicious. Would be great with cold meats at Xmas!
      Thank you, take care,

  4. Mmmmm, I bet they were all delicious too x

    1. kim says:

      Hi, all the food was so tasty! Pickled beetroot all ready for Xmas.

  5. Karen Bell says:

    How wonderful to be able to grow so much delicious veg and spend time together digging them up. We grew some really good carrots this year, but not much else worked for us. i like the sound of growing beetroot next year.
    Thanks for linking #letKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, we are very lucky to be able to grown all that lovely veg, it really makes it easier to help my daughter eat her salad’s and vegetables.
      Carrots can be such a hard one to grow, my Dad hasn’t had much success with his ever.

  6. Yummy! You can’t beat home grown veg. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party x

    1. kim says:

      Everything tastes so much fresher when it comes from your own garden.
      Thank you.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I do think my daughter helping with growing the food in her Bampy’s garden has given her a greater way of thinking when it comes to salads and vegetables.
      A good way of looking at what we eat and ways of improving of diet.

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