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Over the past few months we have talked about the importance of gardening and how you can involve your kids in the gardening process. Now lets turn to what plants young kids can grow.
Below are plants, fruits, vegetables, and herbs that grow fast and have fun characteristics that captures young minds.
1.) Sunflowers: Some sunflowers can grow up to 12 feet tall while others are planted in pots and grow only 2 feet.
Fun Fact: Confectionery sunflowers produce seeds you can harvest and eat.
2.) Mint: Grow like weeds (personal experience) so they are best in individual pots. However, mints are hardy plants that don’t take much to grow.
Fun Fact: There are 18 different varieties including chocolate mint, asian mint, and peppermint to name a few.
3.) Lavender: Also grows like a weed, but adds a nice fragrance to your garden. Young kids might also find it fun to watch as it attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects while acting as a natural repellent to others.
Fun Fact: Taken as capsules it may improve anxiety symptoms
4.) Cherry Tomatoes: Are fun to eat right off the stems and are hardy plants to grow. They grow in direct sunlight and won’t mind a little extra water.
Fun Fact: Tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable.
5.) Lettuce: Can be grown as heads or leaves. They grow quicker as individual leaves and are a great way to introduce salad to children.
Fun Fact: 1 cup of Romaine lettuce contains 4094 IU of vitamin A or 53% of your daily intake.
Fun Fact: Night of the Radishes is a Mexican feast where artists carve pictures of the nativity into radishes.
7.) Snow Peas: Be careful around young children when you grow peas. The seeds can be poisonous. It’s important to wash your hands after planting. These peas can grow close to the ground and don’t require a trellis.
Fun Fact: Both the pods and the peas inside are edible
Fun Fact: Strawberries have 200 seeds
Fun Fact: Potato plants are pollinated by bumblebees
Fun Fact: Pumpkin can be roasted, baked, steamed or boiled
Fun Fact: Perennial wildflowers will continue to grow year after year, while annual wildflowers will come up only once.
12.) Cucumbers: Are picky plant so be careful about harvesting them.
Fun Facts: Cucumbers though mostly water does contain small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium
Sources: <www.gardeningknowhow.com> <eartheasy.com/grow-gardening-children.htm> <www.motherearthnews.com> <eatright.org>