Create a garden for children to grow their own fruit and vegetables

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It really is easy to plan and create a garden for kids to grow stuff. All you need is a bit of space and soil

It really is that easy almost everything you need to know is on the seed packet. 

And these tips are for mums and dads who are gardening novices and want to give Children the opportunity to grow plants in their own garden.


It's a fact! Kids who grow their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat and enjoy it, in early and later life

a good example of a kids garden
a good example of a kids garden

Encourage children to grow fruit and vegetable in their own garden.
 
Are kids who grow things in there own garden more likely to eat and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables? 

Yes, research shows that kids brought up in gardening families keep on gardening in one way or another in later life.  Studies also shows that kids who are encouraged to grow fruit and vegetables in their own garden are more likely to eat and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, not just in early life, but later in life too, with the benefit to health that brings. 

 I want to encourage my children to grow their own, but I'm not a gardener, my children think carrots come from Waitrose
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Its not just you, growing our own is not the norm anymore, we are more prosperous, fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available, as is fast food. Work takes up a lot of our time, but  our doctors are seeing more and more overweight mums and dads with fat children who just don't know or care where a carrot comes from. 
The benefits of gardening would be twofold, providing exercise and fresh healthy fruit and vegetables. You don't have to be gardeners, you just need soil and a packet of seeds.

How can I introduce my kids to growing their own fruit and veg.

What can those of us who are just not into full-time gardening do, to introduce our kids to growing their own and at least give them an option to keep on gardening, or not in later life.
 
The tips below will helpan important tip to remember is, it is not the outcome so much as providing the choice in the first place that matters.
Kids own patch in the garden.

It's simpler than it sounds to give your child his or her own small garden, a kid's garden can be simply a raised bed or even a hay bale,  or in larger gardens, an area can be fenced of, or marked out in some other way.   Whether it is a container or plot,  it's a good idea  to encourage a sense of ownership from the start, by agreeing where to position the bed or plot and to make it clear it's your child's garden, to plant, to grow, to make mistakes, to always care for and very importantly to reap the harvest.
 
You don't need to be Alan Titmarsh all the growing stuff is on the back of the seed packets
After you have worked out where the children's garden plot will be its time for the interesting bit, planting, sowing and growing.
You really don't need to be an expert gardener, all the information you need is on the back of the seed packet, in fact your children will find the whole thing more interesting if they think and feel you are learning with them. You might end up enjoying the gardening thing too! You can find some basic growing your own tips here.

To begin it is best to sow and plant simple quick growing plants.
 It's a good idea to grow simple quick growing stuff, like radishes and lettuce and large seeds that sprout quickly, like beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, it's great when the first shoots start to push through the soil.

Fruit, vegetables and flowers that can be touched and eaten are important too, to speed things up plants like strawberries can be purchased already in flower. Snapdragons that open when pinched can be easily grown from seed or bought as bedding plants.

Herbs, like basil and parsley, are easy to grow and can be tasted as well as smelt, lamb's ears with its soft, fuzzy leaves is great to touch. I have listed sensory plants here. I have listed the ten easiest vegetables to grow in a child's garden lower down this page,
 
If you live in a flat without a garden  there are still many vegetables which can be grown in containers, most plants that can be planted and grown outside can be grown inside too. Planting in containers.

If you are not a preachy expert gardener with lists of confusing Latin plant names, children will be more likely to enjoy gardening and learning to grow vegetables, fruit and other plants, with you.

You really don't need to be an expert gardener to help and encourage kids to grow stuff in there own garden, your children will enjoy the whole thing more, learning together, let them show you how to do it.  Let them make mistakes, plants do die if they are not watered, let them enjoy harvesting and eating the garden produce.
 
Don't be disappointed if the interest fades, your child may not want to keep on gardening and find other hobbies more interesting,  but you have given your child the choice, and maybe, just maybe, found a new hobby yourself.

10 easy vegetables to grow for your children's garden. 

It is easy to grow most vegetables, and it is a good ideal when starting off a kids vegetable garden to start off with the ones that are the easiest to grow.  A successful crop at the first attempt will encourage you and your kids to keep on gardening.

This is a list of easy to grow vegetables for a children's garden, they can also be grown indoors in containers, planted or sown directly in the ground and will grow in most types of soil.

  1. Cress. The easiest vegetable to grow, can be sown in soil but just as successful grown indoors on damp kitchen towel or blotting paper.

  2. Lettuce can be grown in containers or in the kids garden. Sowing guide on the seed packet.

  3. Radishes prefer a damp or colder climate so sow seeds outside or indoors away from heat, let the kids thin them out giving enough space for the bulbs to develop.

  4. Swiss Chard will grow in almost any soil type and both the leaf and stem can be eaten. 

  5. Green Beans.  The bush types wont need staking, runner beans will because they grow upwards yielding more beans in the same space. 

  6. Carrots.  Growing carrots is easy providing the soil is loose enough to allow them to grow deep. 

  7. Potatoes are easy to grow providing they are banked up and kept watered. They can be grown in plastic buckets inside or outside. Seed potatoes can be purchased from most gardeners and hardware shops who will advice on the best potatoes for the season.

  8. Spinach prefers cooler climates so is best planted in early spring or autumn, read the seed packet for best time of year for sowing.

  9. Onions. Onion sets rather than seeds are easier for children to handle and plant. 

  10. Beetroot  is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and can be planted as soon as the frost is over and just requires damp ground to germinate.

 

Kids gardening tools

Children love helping around in the garden, especially if they've got tools of their own. These children's gardening tools have been specially designed for budding gardeners who want to dig, plant and grow their own. 
Made to the highest standards in stainless steel to exactly the right proportions, the perfect miniature versions of  Mum and Dads gardening tools. 
The children's gardening tools in the range have been fully approved by trading standards and classified as early learning products. Recommended aged 8+ but depending on height of the child. Click on the picture  to see the Children's gardening tools and gifts that will make useful gifts and Birthday presents.

A garden can present the perfect opportunity for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and special needs to learn, play and strengthen body and mind.
 
 
This book empowers teachers and parents with little gardening know-how to get outside and use nature to motivate young learners and those with special needs. 
 
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With a focus on the therapeutic potential of nature, the book shows that gardening can help reduce feelings of anxiety, provide an outlet for physical aggression, build self-esteem through the nurturing of plants and much more.