7 Fruits and Vegetables That are Easy for Kids to Grow in Their Garden

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1: Peas

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.

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2: Sunflowers

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.

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3: Strawberries

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.

The best part, after you rinse the strawberries off, you can enjoy them in the backyard with fresh, homemade whipped topping or take them inside to enjoy as a snack, in salads or as a dessert!

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