It’s amazing how much children can learn if given the proper guidance. You want your children to eat foods that are healthy for them, but they may balk at trying vegetables and fruits because they’re new to them. One way to get them to at least try new veggies is use these nine easy to grow plants for children. Perhaps it will encourage them to try what they’ve grown.
Your children may not like the canned veggies they’re given during meals, but they’re more likely to eat them if they’ve had a hand in growing them. Starting a small garden, even if you only include these ten items, can get your children on the road to eating healthier.
1. Carrots generally sprout quickly so your child can see the plant growing. Since they are sweet when fresh from the garden, your child may want more than just one when they’re ready to be harvested.
2. Radishes are another quick germinating vegetable. Young children don’t like to wait for things so they will be quickly rewarded when the radishes sprout in only a few days.
3. Lettuce is another reliable and quick vegetable to let your children grow. You may also encourage them to eat more of their salad when they’ve helped grow and pick the lettuce leaves. Choose a couple of varieties for a healthy mix.
4. Green beans are one vegetable that most children seem not to like. While they may take longer to sprout, the size of the sprout is considerably larger than either a carrot or radish. Children also have fun picking green beans, so that’s an added incentive to try them.
5. Pumpkins might take up a lot of room in a garden, but children love to watch the pumpkins grow to maturity. They take longer to mature, but your children will look forward to carving their own pumpkin in the fall.
6. Strawberries also take up a large amount of a garden space; however, you can also plant them in strawberry planters. What child wouldn’t love going outside to pick fresh strawberries to add to their cereal or a fruit smoothie?
7. Cherry tomatoes are a wonderful plant to encourage children to eat tomatoes. They can pick the tomatoes right off the vines and pop them in their mouth for a juicy treat. Of course, once they realize how good they are, your children may not be able to wait for the tomatoes to ripen.
8. Green onions are easy-to-grow but your children may not want to eat them. Of course, you might be surprised once they realize the onions are ready to picked.
9. Snow peas are another vegetable children don’t often like. However, children may be impressed by how quickly they come up and can be eaten right off the vine. The pod is edible and they are a small enough plant to grow without support.
Choosing any of these nine easy-to-grow plants for your child’s garden may be all your child needs to encourage them to eat more of their veggies. You might also start your child down the road to becoming a gardener in the future. Who knows, after a few years of successful gardening, your children may decide to take over the gardening altogether.