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Garden Plants for Kids

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Choosing the right plants will make growing vegetables even more fun for your kids.

Gardening with your kids can be a rewarding experience for the whole family. If you're thinking about growing a vegetable garden with your children, choose plants from a kid's perspective to make the gardening experience as exciting as possible for the little ones.


Gardening with your kids can be a rewarding experience for the whole family. If you're thinking about growing a vegetable garden with your children, choose plants from a kid's perspective to make the gardening experience as exciting as possible for the little ones.

Starting a vegetable garden from seed is an exciting way to begin, but vegetable varieties with a long germination time can make the process tedious for a child. Choose quick germinating plants and plants that need plenty of water---kids love watering plants!

Here are a few suggestions for a kids' vegetable garden:

  • Popcorn: Corn is taller than most other garden veggie plants, making it a fun plant for children to watch grow. Popcorn is a different variety of corn that creates the healthy snack we love eating at the movies. Grow popcorn in blocks for best pollination results. Try the Tom Thumb popcorn variety---it grows to only about 3-1/2 feet tall and matures in 85 days.

  • Baby carrots: Round, stubby baby carrots are a fun shape for kids, and baby varieties mature much faster than other types of carrots, usually maturing in only 50 to 60 days.

  • Radishes: Maturing in about 30 days, radishes are easy to grow anywhere. Try the Easter Egg variety with a blend of red, purple and white radishes for a kid-friendly color combination.

  • Cherry tomatoes: Tiny cherry tomatoes are kid-sized and dependable, and a perfect veggie for snacking in the garden. In addition to red varieties, try Sun Gold for a bright orange surprise.

  • Pumpkins: Growing your own jack o' lantern is an exciting prospect for kids. Pumpkins come in a variety of sizes and maturity dates, and miniature pumpkins can be a hit in your children's garden.

  • Spaghetti squash: What could be more fun than growing spaghetti? This type of winte squash takes about 80 days to mature, and when cooked the flesh becomes noodle-like.


Above all else, choose vegetables your children like to eat for the most successful kids' garden.

 
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