Growing Vegetables with Kids
There is nothing quite like the delight of growing your own vegetables. Generally growing vegetables is easy (compared to other plants), depending on the type chosen. Nor do you need masses of space to grow vegetables or a specified vegetable plot, since there are more and more possibilities for growing vegetables in containers, such as potato planters, plant pots, hanging baskets or window boxes.
Vegetables are actually some of the easiest plants to grow, especially from seed. To encourage your child's enthusiasm, let them choose from the easy vegetables to grow list and you will both be delighted with the results.
Growing vegetables with your kids is likely to encourage them to eat more veg too - especially for the fussy eaters! Let them choose the vegetable seeds, plant and tend them together, and finally harvest the fresh vegetables. A lot of homegrown vegetables taste a LOT better when they are fresh and not mass produced or forced commercially. Tasting the difference between tinned peas and fresh peas from the pod is like eating a completely different vegetable.
The longest parsnip in the World!
You can also experiment with different vegetables easily. Your child doesn't like spinach? Then try growing swiss chard instead. Thinks tomatoes are yucky? Try growing small yellow or red cherry tomatoes instead - they tend to be sweeter and much more popular with kids.
And growing vegetables is FUN! Check out our 'longest parsnip in the World!' - well sort of, the longest one we have grown anyway!
Kids just love digging up the potatoes, parsnips and carrots - it's like digging for buried treasure. And watching seeds grow from tiny seedlings into grown, mature plants, tending them and keeping an eye on their progress, protecting them from invaders (in the form of slugs and bugs!), really is quite an adventure.
Still not convinced about growing your own vegetables?
The benefits of growing vegetables yourself:
And on a Personal Note ...
Looking for Vegetable Recipes?
Healthy recipes for kids and the whole family! - Want to see your kids eating healthier and excited about it? Our healthy recipes for kids (and the whole family) and ideas to get kids excited about cooking and eating healthy can help.
Vegetarian Society Recipes Index - A list of hundreds of recipes from complete meals to light snacks.
I first fell in love with the idea of growing my own vegetables when I was still quite a young child. My grandfather was a keen gardener, and I was overawed at the neat rows of carrots, lettuce and cauliflower, and loved walking through a tunnel of runner beans and looking for the longest ones to take in for my grandmother to cook for dinner. His greenhouse smelt deliciously of tomato plants, and to this day, the smell of a tomato takes me back to the warm humid greenhouse in the corner of his garden.
It was due to my grandfather that I first asked my dad for a patch of garden to grow vegetables myself, and remember the first seeds I sowed and how proud I was to show my mum the radishes I had grown all by myself. My enthusiasm for growing vegetables has rubbed off on my own children, and deciding which vegetables to plant, preparing the ground, sowing and tending the plants and finally harvesting the produce and eating it, is a joint activity which we all enjoy!
Instead of the Credit Crunch, try the Carrot Crunch!
Get fresh air, excercise, organic produce, teach your kids life skills and at the same time, save those pennies - all that and more simply by growing your own veg!
All Year Round Delight - Sprouting Seeds!
Ready to eat within a week, sprouting seeds satisfies even the most impatient young gardener, and you will be surprised at how many different seeds can be sprouted! Read more!
Swiss Chard - the neglected vegetable ...
This almost forgotten alternative green is easy to grow and crops for months, so why not give it a try? Read more!
Not quite sure where to start?
Try growing some loose-leaf lettuce, either indoors or outside. It is easy to grow and matures quickly. Read more!
One really neat idea for kids!
Watch vegetables grow before your very eyes with this exciting and educational Root Vegetable Viewer .
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