Today I wanted to share with you some of the best plants to grow with kids!
Gardening definitely isn’t my passion but it is something that I’ve been enjoying more and more over the last year or so. I find it really fulfilling to watch something I’ve planted grow from scratch and then to be able to serve it for my family to eat and I have quite grand plans for my garden now that the kids no longer use the garden as a playground.
As I learn about what grows well in what conditions and what’s never going to flourish in our garden no matter what I do, I wish that I’d done more with the kids to enjoy gardening together as they were growing up. We made half-hearted attempts to grow sunflowers over the years and we had a raised be a vegetable garden for a little while but on the whole, there wasn’t much gardening going on when the kids were younger.
If I had my time with the kids over then gardening would definitely be something we’d do more of and I know exactly the plants that we’d grow together. I’d want to grow plants that grew quickly so they could see quick results and wouldn’t lose interest and I’d want to grow plants that they could eat which would hopefully encourage my fussy eater to try some new foods.
Here’s what I think are the seven best plants to grow with kids to make gardening an enjoyable and fruitful (pun definitely intended there) experience…
When it comes to the best plants to grow with kids, peas are a really good choice as they literally grow overnight. Hopefully, the kids will be all excited to see the new growth every morning and to check the size and progress of their plant. Plus, peas are super versatile and you can add them to pretty much any of your meals!
Kids may not exactly be excited to see radishes on their plates (let’s face it, adults probably aren’t either), but growing them might just encourage them to eat more of them. Radishes grow very quickly, and the process from seeding to harvesting takes just 30 days.
Spinach is another fast-growing plant that you could grow along with your kids and it’s a great one to get them to eat too. Best of all, you don’t even need the garden for this one- spinach grows perfectly well in containers and vertical garden settings as well so you should have success whatever your set up in your garden is.
If you’re looking to introduce your little ones to gardening for the first time, there’s nothing better than celery. This is because when you plant this one, you can see it growing pretty much straight away which is going to make it seem so much more fun the kids rather than them having to wait days/weeks for something to happen!
Growing mint is my absolute favourite thing to grow! Mint is so versatile and inspired my little DIY herb garden because I wanted to always have some around. I use it in tea, soup and mojitos as does Miss Frugal who loves a good mint tea to relax on a night. It’s also super easy to grow and quite hardy so it’s definitely on my best plants to grow with kids list!
Sunflowers are actually just downright fun to grow with kids- sometimes they grow to be taller than toddlers and their flowers can grow larger than their face! They can help teach your little ones the importance of watering the plant regularly to see it bloom at its best and if you add a bit of healthy competition by seeing who can grow the tallest sunflower then you have a Summer long activity!
Tomatoes are great to plant with your kids too- they grow super easily in containers as well as in the ground. Your kids will enjoy harvesting them the most- especially when they reach their cherry tomato stage. Plus, you can also definitely enjoy the harvest- tomatoes are incredibly versatile and you can all really enjoy the fruits of your labour.
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