Introducing your kids to gardening and letting them help you in the process is an excellent way to teach them a lesson of where our food comes from and to get them more interested in tasting new fruits and vegetables. We offer you a couple plants that will help you turn your children into confident gardeners.
The easiest thing to put your children in charge of is growing herbs. Mint, rosemary, cilantro, basil and sage grow very easy and you can taste them anytime. These are the best starter plants for toddlers and kids. Give your children their own pot of herbs to water and take care of and notice the spark in their eyes while trying to do it the right way. You will be proud.
Kids love to watch cherry tomatoes ripening and changing colors from green to red. They are sweet, grow plentifully and are probably one of their favorite plants to take care of. Do not forget to place stakes on each seedling because cherry tomatoes need to be loosely tied as they grow. Since these plants can be grown in containers, they are the perfect choice for your child's little garden.
Teach your children the lesson of the sunflower: be bright and cheery, be big and bold, be strong and resilient, know your roots and be hard to miss in a room. Sunflowers grow tall quickly, around a meter in a month and kids love watching them slowly turning towards the sun. Even only a few of these plants will make your garden more vivid and colorful. The best thing about them is that if you buy confectionery sunflowers (those that are meant for food), you can harvest their dry seeds in late summer and roast them.
Although they might not be kids' favourite food to eat, radishes are a perfect plant for them to grow because their seeds grow quickly in just a few days and their growing season is 3-4 weeks which enables your children to taste their harvest in a short time. They come in a variety of colours which is exciting for the little ones and after tasting radishes, your children will become more open towards strong tastes. A simple tip: if you want to grow more spicy radishes, plant them in hot weather and water them less. To get spicier radishes, plant them in milder weather.
reference: white self watering planters by Glowpear