Gardening is a fantastic activity that everyone in your family will enjoy, especially your children. It is the perfect way to spend several days a week working together outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Gardening is also great for instilling a sense of responsibility, cooperative learning and excitement in your child. Not to mention, when all is said and done, you are left with a beautiful bounty of fresh, organic foods that your family grew together -- and will enjoy eating together.
The key to getting your child super excited about gardening is choosing fruits and vegetables that are easy for them to grow. You want them to have a successful experience gardening, and it helps when the produce they are growing is relatively foolproof. I have planted many different types of fruits and vegetables with my son over the year and have found 7 items that are tried and true when it comes to gardening with children. Several of these plants can be grown inside (in a sunny window or patio), if you're a city dweller. Read on to learn the 7 easiest fruits and vegetables to grow this spring with your children -- and get planting!
I think that the catch-phrase “easy peasy” came about because peas are just so easy to grow. They can be started inside using homemade recycled newspaper pots, organic compost and seeds – making for an amazing spring afternoon activity. Just remember that the seeds are poisonous, so don’t let your child put them in their mouths, and wash their hands after handling. Peas are a lot of fun to grow because you can grow them up a trellis and they flower, which means your little ones can pick the pretty little flowers and bring them inside to enjoy on the dining room table.
The best part about peas is that they will continue to grow all summer long – allowing for a few months of gardening fun with your children.
Sunflowers are fun to grow because they can reach heights up to 15 feet tall. The very size of these flowers will spark your child’s imagination and they won’t be able to get over how tall they really grow. They come in a variety of colors and sizes – and there are even dwarf versions that you could grow in a small space garden or super sunny window. Sunflowers do need full sunlight – which makes them easy to plant in your yard. You won’t have to worry about finding a spot that isn’t too sunny!
The best part, when all is said and done, the sunflower seeds can be eaten, or if you would like to leave them in the yard, they will attract a variety of birds to your yard to feast on the seeds.
Who doesn’t love strawberries? They are like nature’s sweet candy! Strawberries are perfect for children, because harvesting them is like a treasure hunt and your children will want to come out to the garden every day to peek underneath the leaves. Strawberries that you grow at home are sweeter than the ones that you will find at the grocery store too. Strawberries can be grown in any part of your yard and can take up either a small or large space depending on what you have available.
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