With the summer holidays in full swing, we’ve been trying to get the children outside as much as possible. Fortunately, help is at hand thanks to my parents and their garden! Until recently, I had no idea that Dylan and Xander had their own little plot in it.
I was also oblivious to the fact that they’ve been cultivating fruit, vegetables and plants throughout the year. As well as flowers including marigolds and sweet peas, they have grown lots of things to eat. Here are five foods to get children gardening…
It was great seeing the looks of wonder on the boys’ faces as the soil turned up by the garden fork revealed the potatoes they had planted in April. We explained to them that they had grown from the seeds they planted and were rewarded with ‘mind blown’ expressions from both of them. You can grow potatoes in even the smallest of gardens and they’re so easy to tend to.
Some of these were a little bit of a stretch for the boys to pick, but they enjoyed finding them among the leaves. I was worried that the entire lot was going to come down when Xander went in for his turn, but he had clearly learned from his gardening guru grandma! It may be a sterner challenge getting the boys to eat them…
Xander is a ratatouille fiend so it was great to tell him that he had grown some of his own dinner! As courgettes grow so close to the ground, you have to prepared for slugs and snails to beat you to some of them but you should get plenty. Another advantage of these is that they grow from large seeds, making them easy for little hands to sow.
Admittedly, these grew in the greenhouse but I still count this as outdoors! Cherry tomatoes are a great introduction to growing your own for little ones. They’re easy to plant, grow quickly and it’s easy for children to tell when they’re ready to pick. Plus they taste great with cheese in sandwiches.
We all know that pudding is a reward for eating your greens and the boys are really looking forward to these. Another reward-based advantage of these is that they teach children about earning things. They may suffer a couple of stings reaching the best ones, but it will be worth it when they get to eat them afterwards!
Capital Gardens has put together a handy guide to help get children gardening. As well as important skills and tips, it’s packed with games and activities to help them make the most of the garden. Why not check it out today?
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.