Gardening with children is so much more than simply growing something to eat. When a child gardens, they learn about where food comes from, how eating healthy foods can be fun, and how to manage something over time. Children can even sell their produce to make money. You can start your child off with free garden plants. A garden can be something like a child’s first pet. If you care for it, the rewards will be great!
Most children embrace gardening; because what kid doesn’t like digging in the dirt? If you are considering starting a garden with your children, try some of the easy-to-grow options below.
Child-Friendly Garden Plants for Larger Spaces
Children love plants that are easy to grow and show quick results. Some great plants to try in larger spaces (anything more than a 2 by 2 square foot area) include:
- Cucumbers: As I discussed in my article about selling foods locally, I grew cucumbers in one of our gardens when I was a child. They grew fast, and I learned a lot about what the flowers and fruit looked like.
- Beans or peas: Beans or peas are another fun option to grow with children. They will love watching the vines grow and will be enthusiastic about opening the pods. If you have a smaller space, you probably won’t grow enough to serve for a meal, but the experience is still fun.
- Potatoes: Potatoes are fun for children to grow because they are a mystery vegetable. You can see the plant grow, but you have no idea what kind of potatoes you have until you pull the plant up at the end of the season.
- Melons: Melons are fast-growing, easy to care for, and delicious. Try growing cantaloupe, watermelon, and pumpkins. Just take care not to plant them near spicy vegetables (like peppers); they will cross pollinate.
Continue to page 2 for Child Friendly Plans for Small Spaces!