Kids and gardening don’t always mix.
At least not around here. My littles don’t have the patience for planting our main garden with me (nor I with them sometimes!), and when it comes time to harvest…well, let’s just say they are over eager!!
But I still feel it’s important that they share in the wonder of gardening – even at 4 and 3 years old. Call me crazy, but I just do. I feel like if we can help nurture their curiosity and wonder, and help them gain the skills they need to garden now, it will only benefit them later on in their lives.
So to save my sanity, my garden, and to fulfill my need to pass on this love of gardening to my kids, I took a suggestion from my mom to plant a little garden, just for the kids. I had some extra seeds left, so I carved out a little space in our front yard for them and let them plant as they would! I gave a little bit of guidance, but this is not a “perfect row” kind of garden space 😉 And that’s totally ok with me!
They love “tending” to their garden and I can’t wait for them to make their harvests! So I thought it would be fun to share what I chose for them to plant, and why, in hopes that you may be inspired to give the kids in your life a little garden space of their own too!
Top 5 Edibles for the Kids’ Garden
1. Carrots – I love these because they come in all kinds of colors, which is very fun for kids. Also, they are pretty easy to plant. Depending on how old your kids are they may need help thinning the seedlings when the time comes, but really, that’s not a big deal. And there is nothing like harvesting a carrot. It really is so fun. Plus this particular crop can help with learning a bit of patience, as it’s takes the longest to harvest on this list.
2. Radishes – These are again, easy to plant. But also, they are very quick growing! About three weeks from seed to table. So it’s a really great one for kiddos, who are anxious to harvest!
3. Sugar Snap Peas – These are easy to plant, easy to grow, and I love them because you can eat them straight off the vine! I figured by letting the girls have their very own, it may save the ones I planted in my main garden 😉
4. Green Beans – Same thing as the Sugar Snap Peas. Easy all around and you can eat ’em off the vine. And depending on the variety you choose, they’ll keep producing for a long time. It’s also fun because you can get pretty creative with how you trellis them.
5. Strawberries – We didn’t grow ours from seed, we purchased two small strawberry plants from the local nursery. It was fun for the girls to help transplant them, and it wasn’t long before the flowers made way for fruit! We chose an ever-bearing variety and I highly recommend that for kids gardens. The girls love checking on the varying stages of ripeness, and it’s the perfect little treat for them as they play in the yard. And because it’s ever-bearing, they can keep picking all season long!
Bonus: Sunflowers – No children’s garden would be complete without some sunflowers. There are so many varieties to choose from! We used the Sunflower Collection from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds, and I can’t wait to see them. You can use the tallest of them to plant a sunflower house, and even use them as a trellis for those peas and beans. Then as summer ends the kids can harvest the sunflower seeds to be saved for next year, used as snacks, and birdfeeders!
What about you? What edibles would you add to this kid-friendly list??
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