Pram Jam with Beth – Babies in the Garden

Welcome back, Pram Jam families! I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Years break, filled with lots of love and laughter and opportunities to connect with your loved ones. I have the pleasure of writing the first YPS Amazing shares blog post for 2020, and I’ve been trying to come up with a great topic… I’ve finally hit on a follow on topic from my last post, which also happily ties in with our Summer School Holidays theme of Bees:  this week I am writing about Gardening with our babies.

Young toddler female eating cherries off the tree, she has a basket of cherries beside her and also a golden retriever dog in the frame

Did you gorge on the Christmas cherries? Well, somebody did!

Picture credit:  Image by anialaurman from Pixabay, used under creative commons license.

I’ve been pottering around in our gardens more and more these past few months, getting my hands dirty and filling our new lime green lidded bin. We have inherited a few garden beds which are quite low to the ground and the perfect size for small helpers, and I am busily researching how best to prepare the soil so that we can plant out some winter crops. We are also lucky enough to have established grape vines, a lemon tree, multiple orange and other citrus, and even an avocado tree over the back fence – the joys of living in an established neighbourhood, rather than in the newer suburbs – I do realise that we’ve hit the garden jackpot!

But even in the newer suburbs there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and garden, with the City of Cockburn providing lots of support and ideas, with some lucky suburbs being home to community gardens – this is community development in action! 

Watching the pure joy that babies and children get from being outdoors, getting dirty, tasting foods that they’ve grown themselves brings such a warm feeling to me. It really gives me hope that the future generations of humans will care enough about our planet to see it prosper. 

Green Thumb books at Cockburn Libraries

Secrets of the vegetable garden / Carron Brown ; illustrated by Giordano Poloni.

In this beautiful book the added bonus is that by shining a torch behind the pages you can see the secret that is about to be revealed! It is so sweet, I really enjoyed sharing it with my youngest. A wonderful introduction to the many layers of the vegetable garden ecosystem.

Cover image for : Secrets of the vegetable garden / Carron Brown ; illustrated by Giordano Poloni.
Cover Image for: Hide and seek with mum / Ed Allen; Laura Wood.

Hide and seek with mum / Ed Allen; Laura Wood.

I really enjoyed this book! There’s a twist though.. make sure you read right through to the end. This one focuses on all the different areas of the garden, rather than the gardening so much. It’s really very well done.

My first book of the garden / text by Chiara Piroddi ; illustrations by Agnese Baruzzi ; translation: Iceigeo. 

These little Montessori: a world of achievements series of books are a wonderful addition to our collection! They provide just that bit more detail and depth, and use touch and feel links to add to the sensory experience of reading – I really encourage you to check them out. This one and its Vegetable Garden companion are 2 of my favourites in the series.

Cover Image for: My first book of the garden / text by Chiara Piroddi ; illustrations by Agnese Baruzzi ; translation: Iceigeo
Cover Image for: Grow it! / illustrated by Georgie Birkett.

Grow it! / illustrated by Georgie Birkett.

Okay, yes, we already know that I love the Helping Hands series of books. Grow it! is a spanish/english bi-lingual book showing a true community garden/swap and share in action. It is so very cute. 

Cherries / Carrie Gallasch & Sara Acton.

This book may have been my inspiration for this whole blog post. Or at least the image that I used at the top there! A whole book about the anticipation of those summer cherries, and illustrated beautifully by Sara Acton (who appeared on the Children’s Book Council notable titles list in 2019 with Dinosaur Day Out)… ahh, bliss! Did you gorge on all the Christmas cherries? I promise I shared mine around!

Cover Image for: Cherries / Carrie Gallasch & Sara Acton.
Cover Image for: Hide-and-seek in the garden : a lift-and-find book

Hide-and-seek in the garden : a lift-and-find book

Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series is a perennial favourite, no faffing about with annual switchouts here! This cute little board board has sturdy lifting flaps and a fun count to follow throughout the book. Very sweet!

Many of the oldest nursery rhymes are all about gardening

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

I had a little nut tree

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear.

The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me
All for the sake
Of my little nut tree!


Oats, peas, beans and barley grow

Oats, peas, beans and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans and barley grow.
Can you or I or anyone know;
How oats, peas, beans and barley grow?

I’d love to hear how your gardens are growing, whether you’re a container gardener, if you got sucked into the Woolworths little gardens promotion and have kept up with it since then, what your plans are for your garden this year and how your little ones are involved in the process? Sharing our produce is one of the best things about gardening and there are many formats in which this can take place. I like to leave a container full of lemons out the front of our place, it inspires so many conversations with people just passing by!

Happy gardening everyone.