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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 fruit and veg 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
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 fruit and vegetables with you.
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, and can be planted or sown directly in the ground and will grow in most types of soil.
Cress. The easiest vegetable to grow, can be sown in soil but just as successful grown indoors on damp kitchen towel or blotting paper.
Lettuce can be grown in containers or in the kids garden. Sowing guide on the seed packet.
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.
Swiss Chard will grow in almost any soil type and both the leaf and stem can be eaten.
Green Beans. The bush types wont need staking, runner beans will because they grow upwards yielding more beans in the same space.
Carrots. Growing carrots is easy providing the soil is loose enough to allow them to grow deep.
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.
Spinach prefers cooler climates so is best planted in early spring or autumn, read the seed packet for best time of year for sowing.
Onions. Onion sets rather than seeds are easier for children to handle and plant.
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.
Fruits, the kids will find easy to grow and love to eat.
If space is limited, these fruit will also do well in containers. You can even grow strawberries in hanging baskets.
You and your kids will love the fresh, juicy flavour of strawberries picked straight from the garden. Strawberries can be planted straight into the ground. Or if space is limited they can be grown in containers, hanging baskets and window boxes, Need a bit of simple care so ask the grower or read the label for growing tips.
Autumn fruiting raspberries will provide continuity of soft fruit at just about the time the kids have picked the last strawberries. Raspberries are self supporting (wont need sticks/canes) so you can plant them in containers or in clumps in your garden. They're simple to maintain just cut the canes to ground level each February and let them start all over again.
Blueberries need a bit of extra soil preparation. All they need is an acid (ericaceous) soil, which you can buy in your local garden centre or amazon So are best grown in containers. They actually make a very attractive patio plant, producing scented flowers in spring, fiery coloured autumn foliage and lovely fresh blueberries in late summer, Apart from the special soil they are low maintenance, fruiting after about 3 years. The kids can bake you a good old American blueberry pie.
Need to be grown against a hot, sunny south/west facing wall or fence, so unless the children's patch of garden happens to be next to a sun catching wall or fence, Figs are best grown in containers on a patio or sunny part of the main garden.The taste of freshly picked, sun-warmed figs is well worth the extra bit of hassle
Perfect for a children's garden, planted in the garden or if space is limited, gooseberries are versatile enough to be planted in containers. Leave the berries on the bush to ripen and sweeten for the kids to eat them straight from the bush they also make a nice crumble.
Might seem a bit ambitious, but these days there is an apple tree to suit all types, shapes and sizes of gardens and once established won't (apart from some pruning) need much maintenance. There are also dwarf Apple tree varieties that can be grown in a container on the patio. Better still, for children to get the complete growing experience, let them sow an apple seed. To be sure the tree will thrive in our British weather use a seed from an English grown apple..
How about the kids foraging for hedgerow fruit in there own bit of garden. Blackberries will grow almost anywhere and won't need much attention. Could be used to hide an old fence or grow over the side of the man-cave!. Use them with the apples for the kids to bake a Apple and Blackberry pie.
The kids can make there own Ribena.
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