How to grow your own flowers

I have wanted to grow our own flowers forever.

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By the side of the house tucked alongside the driveway, there are more than 10 hyacinths in bloom. They grow year on year, in this funny random place and when I spotted a mini greenhouse the other day, I knew just what our week would have in store.


The boys love nothing better than getting muddy but I wanted them to take an interest in where flowers come from, so how better to teach them than to grow our own.

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I made it a game, who could collect the most stones for the lower tray, and as they frantically filled their buckets, I explained why you need a tray full of stones, so that the water can drain beneath the soil tray. My sister's baby shower favours came in handy too!

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Fill your lower tray with stones (I used one with no drainage holes as I don't want the water to rust the greenhouse) and then fill your top tray, with holes with soil. I used a small bag of compost specially for potting seedlings and the trays were £1 each from the local garden centre.

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Make a small hole with your finger and drop a seed into the hole. Ideally spread about 1cm apart. Ours got thrown in a little haphazardly by Ollie but he is only 20 months!

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Cover over your seeds with another inch of soil and water. Don't drench!

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Our mini greenhouse is ready to grow some sweet sweetpeas, poached egg flowers and love in a mist. I can't wait to share the flowers as they bloom!

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I just adore this greenhouse. I am going to use it at parties and it would make a great wedding post box to collect all the wedding cards.

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