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!
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.