Letting your children or grandchildren help in the garden can be a wonderful experience. Making a space for a children’s garden can be very rewarding for your family.
There is something magical about learning where your food comes from. There’s also such a sense of responsibility about caring for a plant from planting to harvest.
Many children will happily care for their own little garden, even if they are less than interested in boring tasks like weeding the household garden.
If you do not have enough space for their own garden bed, it’s okay! Many of the plants that are ideal for children grow fantastically in containers. If you have a sunny window, a small balcony, or a patio you have space for a children’s garden!
Best Plants For A Children’s Garden
When choosing plants for a children’s garden, you want to pick things that will be rewarding for the kids and that they will also enjoy eating.
My children really love eating tomatoes, especially the very sweet orange grape tomatoes. Tomatoes are also rewarding to watch as they grow quickly and you can easily see the fruits ripening.
Beans and Peas
These easy to grow legumes are a childhood classic. How many of us have planted beans in cups and measured them as they grow? They grow quickly with very little care, which makes them ideal for impatient little ones. Plus fresh peas from the garden totally taste better than those from the store!
Pumpkins are a great choice. Most squashes are fast growers and produce prolific fruit, which is tons of fun for kids to watch grow and harvest. Pumpkins in particular can be great fun, especially if you plant some of the bumpy and unique Cinderella pumpkin varieties.
One of my personal favorite plants to grow are sunflowers. They are vibrant and colorful and dramatic. If you have enough space, a sunflower patch can be a magical place to get lost with the flowers towering over your children’s heads like a fairy kingdom.
Nasturtium and Marigold
Easy to grow flowers like nasturtiums and marigolds are good choices not only for their attractive flowers, but also because they make good pest control for the rest of the garden. These flowers are edible, however kids may not be a fan of their spicy taste.
Kids may not love eating lettuce, but lettuce is easy to grow and a fast crop to take from seed to harvest. It also grows well indoors and in smaller containers, which makes it ideal for windowsills.
If you have the space and the patience, potatoes can be an entertaining crop to add to the children’s garden. Planting the eyes is very different from traditional garden seeds, and it can be great fun to dig up the tubers at the end of the growing season.
If your little ones can be very rough with plants, mint might be the perfect choice. It is very durable and can withstand quite the beating. It also smells lovely, so if your children love picking plants, let them grow mint!
Garlic may not be the top choice of foods your kids want to eat, however there are a few good reasons to let your kids plant a flowering variety. First off, the chunky cloves are great for little hands to plant. Also, garlic is a pretty easy crop to grow and harvest. And finally, if you’ve never seen flowering garlic before, it can be rather magical. The website Family Food and Garden calls them fairy wands, and for good reason!
If you’ve never had the chance to plant a garden with your kids or grankids before, now is a great time! What are your favorite plants for a children’s garden? Share in the comments below!
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