Most parents find themselves reminding their children to go outside more often. If this sounds familiar, you’d be glad to know that gardening can be a great way to get your kids to venture outdoors more often.
Besides, it’s never too early to teach them where food comes from, and the best way to do that is to start gardening with them. No matter how much space you have in your yard, there are plenty of fun plants you can grow with your kids.
Also known as bush beans, green beans have large seeds and fast-maturing edible fruits. With proper watering, these plants will be ready to harvest in just a few weeks, which means your kids won’t have to wait too long.
Not only can they be eaten raw, but you could also stir-fry them to create the perfect side dish. Ultimately, your kids will enjoy going out to the garden to pick their green beans for their evening’s dinner.
Who doesn’t like strawberries? As nature’s sweet candy, they’re easy-to-grow fruits that your kids will definitely love to pick and eat. In fact, they (your children) will basically think of harvesting strawberries as a treasure hunt, which means they’ll be more than happy to head out to the garden to search underneath the leaves.
What’s more, the berries you’ll be getting from your garden will be much sweeter than the ones you’ll find at the grocery store. Although they usually grow well in pots, the plants tend to multiply fast, which means they’ll spread substantially from one year to the next.
So depending on what you have available, try to look for some ample space in your yard where you can develop a sizeable patch for your berries. Just remember to check the edges from time to time so that the plants don’t take over the entire yard. And if your kids are allergic, thornless raspberries would be a great alternative for strawberries.
The enormous size of sunflowers will fascinate your children’s young minds, and they’ll constantly marvel over how tall they can grow. Plus, did you know that sunflower seeds can be eaten?
As incredible as it sounds, you can actually roast them to come up with a delicious snack, and the seeds are also the ideal size for your kids’ small fingers.
Sunflowers also come in different colors and sizes — you could even find dwarf versions suitable for a small yard, if that’s what you have. The seeds will also attract a handful of birds to your home, which your children will also be delighted with.
Not only do nasturtiums have edible leaves and flowers, but they’re also fast growers, which makes them ideal for planting in your yard or window boxes.
Plus, the fact that they’re popular with bees means you could use them to teach your children about pollination and food production. And if you like making salad, you’ll certainly appreciate their peppery taste, which also makes them suitable to be used as garnish.
Nasturtiums need to be planted in full sun, and they only need watering when the weather gets dry. You should also let the soil dry between watering, albeit not completely.
Broccoli may not produce the colorful blooms that are popular with children, but it’s fast-growing and harvests for a longer duration of time than most other greens.
And while it may not be your kids’ favorite vegetable, they’ll be more likely to eat it if they’re the ones who grow it. Plus, broccoli is incredibly easy to grow, and it doesn’t need much space, which makes it the perfect option if your garden isn’t as spacious.
Besides being incredibly easy to grow, peas are also flowering plants. This means you could grow them up a trellis so that once they flourish, your kids can pick the pretty flowers and use them to decorate the dining table.
Just remember to caution your children against putting the seeds in their mouths, since they’re known to be poisonous. Still, the fact that peas continue to grow throughout the summer means you’ll have several months of fun gardening with your kids.
Are you looking for a good way to get your kids to eat their greens? Well, plants are something that most people take pride in when they flourish, having your kids grow their own will motivate them to eat more vegetables.
And if you’re wondering how to get them excited about gardening, the key to ensuring a successful experience is to choose plants that your kids will be able to grow easily, depending on how old they are.
For very young kids, edible and flowering plants would be the perfect choice, since they’ll offer a pleasant reward for their efforts. On the other hand, older children may be able to take on the added responsibility of flashy, high maintenance plants.