Gardening is fun and educational and the website Taste of Home has an informative article on how to encourage your children to have fun in the dirt. I found out about this article from one of our readers, Susan Williams. Susan wrote in when I asked individuals to share their blogs with us. Susan’s blog can be found at http://www.worldforlearning.com/blog.
From Taste of Home, the ten best plants for kids to grow are-
- Sugar snap peas. Kids love to eat them fresh off the vine.
- Lettuce. Easy to grow and lots of cool color varieties.
- Radishes. Within a month, these fast growers are ready to pick. Just for giggles, try red, white and purple varieties.
- Carrots. Quick-growing carrots are perfect for short attention spans.
- Potatoes. Kids really dig potatoes, which are as much fun to harvest as to eat.
- Green beans. The big seeds are fun and easy to plant.
- Cherry tomatoes. Little hands love to pick these tiny fruits.
- Pumpkins. Plant a smaller variety, like Jack Be Little, for your smaller helpers.
- Sunflowers. These beauties take off without much work, and come in tall or small varieties. Plus, it’s fun to harvest the seeds, or leave out the seed heads to attract birds.
- Broccoli. Like many veggies, garden-fresh broccoli tastes sweeter than store-bought.
Usually I end with my “Fun learning is forever learning” line, but today, I’m going to use a line from Taste of Home–Remember…. one of the most important things you’ll ever grow…. is a gardener! How fun!