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From little acorns mighty oak trees grow

From little acorns mighty oak trees grow.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I love both these quotes because  basically they encourage small beginnings, baby  steps , making a start, a little faith in a great end result. Humble origins leading to wonderful things.

As a thrifty and ‘natural’ parent I am a big believer in growing our own fruit tress and bushes in UK. Oh for just so many reasons, to teach the kids about nature, self sufficiency, because its cost effective, reduces our carbon footprint and so on.

But actually the main reason we plant our lettuce seeds…I want my children to to know a small beginning, an effort on their part with some hope and some nurture can really become something wonderful. Planting seeds physically and metaphorically and tending them  is a life  lesson for us all.

   planting seeds, from little acorns

 

and as it is world book day may I recommend this lovely book from one of the best children’s writers in the whole wide world……

and I will leave you with this

seed quote

 

 

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

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31 Comments

  1. March 9, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Ahhh now I love that ending phrase – so true and brilliant choice of book too! Here’s to growing your own *chinks gin glass*

    Thanks for joining in again lovely Becky x

  2. March 7, 2014 / 11:17 am

    I really like this blog post. I especially like the last quote. x #HDYGG

  3. March 7, 2014 / 11:16 am

    Really liked this blog post. I especially like the last quote. x #HDYGG

  4. Wonderthrift
    March 7, 2014 / 1:02 am

    Oh, what a wonderful post! Beautiful. I love Eric Carle too, his pictures are just incredibly inspiring.

    Lucy x

  5. March 6, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    A lovely post. Wish I was green-fingered but I seem to make even pot plants wither and die 🙁

  6. March 6, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    We haven’t planted our lettuce yet – must get round to it. I think our generation is bringing back a whole load of values that seem to have been missing for a while – growing things and bringing your harvest home is a wonderful way to live

  7. March 6, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    What a lovely post and very inspiring. I don’t have much success at growing things.

  8. Alice Hassall
    March 6, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    Ohhhhhh I love that quote at the end! What an amazing thought. I may go and plant a tree just so I can come back and say that in the future!

  9. March 6, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    How lovely and I really love that last quote. I am looking forward to getting back out in the garden and getting the boy involved with some planting this spring 🙂

  10. March 6, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Such a lovely post, I love that final pic and it’s caption, one of my absolute favourites xx


    • Author
      March 6, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks chris that’s our garden last summer

  11. March 6, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    I love that last quote, I had never thought about it like that before.

  12. Kirsty
    March 6, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    I completely agree that it is so important to share with your children the process of growing from seed so that they learn the connection between nurturing, caring and tending something to become a wonderful plant to enjoy, or eat. Happy World Book Day x

  13. March 6, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I love that saying, we aren’t very green fingered in my house so it will be just sunflowers that we attempt to grow again this year

  14. March 6, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    We love growing from seed too. I find every seedling so magical.

  15. March 6, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    I love this post. I too try to teach my kids what is required to actually get to where they want to be (whether that be growing something to eat, or getting better at a sport) they all need to start somewhere, with little steps. And how on earth have I never heard of that particular Eric Carle book before??? *heads off to library*

  16. March 6, 2014 / 11:28 am

    we believe and do the same. and Lily loves to watch everything grow.

  17. March 6, 2014 / 10:54 am

    Awww what a wonderful post. Love growing things with the kids too. We just started on our seedlings as well.


    • Author
      March 6, 2014 / 11:24 am

      Thanks Cass x

  18. March 6, 2014 / 9:41 am

    what a lovely post! I remember very clearly planting seeds when I was a little girl, and the satisfaction that came when they grew! x

  19. Iona@redpeffer
    March 6, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Such a beautiful post. We just planted some lettuce seeds yesterday although I forgot to label them, but never mind! I have a new (cheap) greenhouse and am hoping they’ll thrive this year as opposed to being decimated by snails. I found where they hibernate a few days ago and summarily removed them somewhere well away from my garden!

  20. March 6, 2014 / 9:02 am

    Gardening is a great way for kids to learn. we have a sweet chestnut tree my son planted about 5 years ago.

  21. March 6, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Fabulous post Becky. We love growing seeds together too, it’s wonderful to teach them where our food comes from.

  22. March 6, 2014 / 7:45 am

    A lovely post. My 4 yo has her own little garden that she enjoys tending, and likes to see her seeds and plants grow. It is a great lesson, I think.


    • Author
      March 6, 2014 / 11:24 am

      Oh I so agree

  23. March 6, 2014 / 6:49 am

    I love everything about this post. Beautiful 🙂


    • Author
      March 6, 2014 / 6:51 am

      What a lovely thing to say xx

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