I’ve always loved growing fruit and vegetables but the truth is I don’t have the time or energy to do as much as I’d like. Last year after visiting my dad’s vegetable patch my son decided he’d like to try and grow some fruit himself and obviously I was keen to let him – what parent doesn’t want to encourage their kids to enjoy more fruit and vegetables! We have a small garden, most of which is grassed over so a lot of our fruit and vegetables have to be grown in containers, plus they also have to be simple things that won’t lose the attention of my four year old or me! With that in mind I thought I’d share some easy plants to grow with kids, some of which we’ve already managed to grow and some of which are on our wish list for this year!
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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids
- Strawberries – these are a massive favourite and a testament to the fact that you can easily grow fruit and vegetables yourselves with very little gardening skills! We planted three strawberry plants last year and my son loved watering them and picking off the ripe strawberries. I didn’t even get one! To get my son excited about gardening I got him a little gardening kit similar to this one (which looks super cute!) I also found that it was much easier to encourage him to water his own plants when he had a kids watering can.
- Cress – neither of my kids will eat cress but growing cress heads is a classic childhood activity and a great way to get kids started in growing plants as they can see the results so quickly. We love these ones from Red Ted Art.
- Tomatoes – tomatoes are easy to grow and kids enjoy watching them change colour, much easier to help small people work out when something is ripe! Cherry tomatoes are great for kids ass their smaller size means they will ripen quicker.
- Sunflowers – another childhood classic, we spent last year peeping at our neighbours sunflowers over the wall and this year are determined to grow some ourselves!
- Peas – this is my son’s big choice for this year! My dad has a massive allotment and last year my boy had great fun ‘stealing’ all the peas straight from the plant to eat. As the mother of a fussy eater I am 100% behind this kind of behaviour.
- Butterfly Seed Mix – not a singular plant as such but seed mixes can be easily scattered by kids and left to see what grows without too much effort. Plus anything that gets more butterflies into your garden has to be welcomed.
- Chantenay Carrots – carrots aren’t always the first choice in choosing plants to grow with kids, not least because carrot flies are pretty gross. This year we’re going to try and grow Chantenay carrots, as they’re smaller size means that they can be grown in containers, hopefully also meaning they’ll be less time involved for anything to go wrong!
- Herbs – herbs are great plants to grow with kids if you don’t have much space in your garden, you can easily grow them in pots on a sunny windowsill and they’re great for kids to smell and try the taste of. Plus you get something new to spice up your meals!
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