Spring is here. And with the warm weather and sunshine comes gardening season. But gardening isn’t just for grown-ups. Encourage your little ones to get in the garden and get dirty with you by planting these seven plants kids love to grow.
Not only are cherry tomatoes bite sized and delicious, they are super easy to grow. Whether they are planted in the ground or in a container on the front porch, once they start blossoming, the fruit comes on strong; some plants produce up to several pounds. These sweet tomatoes come in a variety of colors including red, orange, and yellow.
Snow peas are a great option for a children’s garden because the seeds are easy to handle, the plants bloom early, and they can be eaten directly from the garden. Snow peas should be one of the first plants to go in the garden, as they like their soil moist and cool, and they are the first of the crop that’s ready to eat.
Ranging in size from giant to tiny, sunflowers are a plant kids are naturally drawn to. Little ones are mesmerized by the flowers moving as they follow the sun and everyone loves munching on some crunchy, tasty sunflower seeds. Even better than eating the seeds, hang the flower heads upside down from a tree to attract birds for the children to watch.
Mint may be one of the easiest plants in the garden to grow, which makes it perfect for kids. It comes in a huge variety of flavors from peppermint and chocolate to orange and pineapple. It has a huge yield year after year and kids can chew on the leaves or make their own tea.
Dill grows from seed to harvest in less than two months, so it’s perfect for little ones with short attention spans. Kids also like it because it grows tall and the foliage looks almost like feathers. The smell of dill pickles adds to its garden charm and makes it a favorite for years to come.
Kids of all ages love a pumpkin patch. Not only is it fun to watch the plants grow all over the place, but lots of pumpkins means lots of jack-o-lanterns. Instead of going with only the traditional orange, consider mini, bumpy, or white pumpkins.
A mix of gourds can take a child’s garden from a thing in the backyard to his or her favorite place to play. Gourds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it’s a fun guessing game trying to determine what’s going to turn into what. Once they’re grown, gourds can be used for a variety of things including harvest decorations and birdhouses.
Do you have a garden a child would love? What do you grow in it?