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eating and..........

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:49

Soup, with everything blended together.  We used to call it Surprise Soup and the children would choose and prepare some vegetables to go in it and Daddy would have to guess what was in the soup.  Surprise Soup was different every time we made it.

Also I found with my children (and since then with  many others) that they eat far more veg if they are on the table in serving dishes and they can see others helping themselves and are allowed to do the same - with absolutely no comment being made!

Also try Vegetable tempura (you might like to buy a dipping sauce rather than use the one with sherry in it)

and as Pauline says, if the child helps to grow the fruit and veg it usually helps.  Pulling carrots straight from the garden, giving them a rinse under the tap or a rub on your sleeve and eating them straight away is much more fun than eating something parents have cooked.  Also picking pods of peas and popping them open and gobbling the lot!  Works for me every time!

Raw veg with something to dip them into - cream cheese etc are usually a big hit too.  Anything crispy and crunchy rather than soft and mushy.

And most important of all - don't worry about it, don't talk about it, don't let them see that you want them to eat vegetables.  Just behave as if it's the most normal thing in the world.  If they know it's important to you and gets attention there's no way in the world that children will eat vegetables!  

Just make sure they're getting vitamin drops in their milk or whatever while they're going through the fussy phase .... as long as the rest of the family eat vegetables without a fuss they will too eventually and it will be just a phase.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:30

What a pretty garden .

Are you thinking of something like a small crab apple or cherry.  I think that something like that would be fine as long as it wasnt right up against the wall. 

What do others think? 


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 21:15

Take care Fidget ((hugs))

Victoria plum tree

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 21:01

Hi Steven - snowdrops will usually start flowering within the next couple of weeks - the smaller species crocuses will usually start flowering after snowdrops, probably mid February onwards, and the larger ones will follow them.  However, it all depends on the situation and temperatures prevalent at the time.  Plants in sheltered spots may flower earlier than plants in more exposed positions.

Can I suggest that if you want to ask more questions you start a new thread with the name of the plant in the title then any members with specialist knowledge will spot it.

What is wrong with my Clematis??

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 17:10

Hello Connie77

Do you know the name of the variety?  Many/most clematis are deciduous and lose their leaves in the winter, so this may be perfectly normal behaviour.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 16:11

KEF ((hugs))  ignore him - he's proved he doesn't want support - he wants attention - he's not worth getting upset about ((hugs))

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:53

Well said Lily

Pruning Large Woody Lavender

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:32

I agree with Gemma - it's not usually successful to cut lavender back hard and in any event lavender isn't usually a long-lived plant.   I'd take some cuttings this summer and grow on some new plants then in 2016 you can replace your old plants with new ones.  And this time you'll keep them trimmed back every year (directly after flowering) so that they don't outgrow their space

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:27

Oh Philippa ((hugs))    - do you live near to Punkdoc?  It sounds as if you've both experienced the same sort of damage. 

My poor philadelphus

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:20

It's a big shame - but there may be a silver lining.  Philadelphus sometimes throws up one long branch and the others are quite spindly in comparison.  If you had asked me I would have advised you to cut that main branch hard back and then it would have thrown up several new branches and you'd have a well balanced shrub. 

Now, without even having gone to the bother of asking, you're going to get that well-balanced shrub

You'll have to do without flowers this year, but maybe you can plant something nearby that will focus attention for this year - just think of it as an excuse to go to the garden centre

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