We all want our kids to be happy and healthy – these are arguably the two most important things to most parents. One way to do this is by making sure your kids eat good, nutritious food, to fuel their growth, learning and activities. While it may be somewhat chilly and you probably want to stay warm indoors, Christmas will be over before you know it and soon enough, spring will have arrived. As such, it might be a good idea to start thinking about the next season.
Encouraging your kids to grow their own veg could be a great idea, allowing them to spend time outdoors, learn more about their food, and even eat what they grow. If this is something you are interested in, then here are some tips to get them excited about growing veg.
Choose Fast Growing Vegetables
When trying to get your children interested in growing their own, think about choosing varieties that are fast growing. After all, they are likely to be deterred by vegetables that spend months in the ground. Hook their interest and help them to become passionate growers by selecting fast growing vegetables.
Beetroot, cucumber, lettuce and peas are all examples of vegetables that can be harvested within just a few weeks.
Have Fun Cooking Your Fruits and Veggies
While many types of home-grown produce can simply be picked and eaten, such as strawberries and tomatoes, there are some that need to be prepared and cooked. So, why not extend the learning and fun by having a cooking session?
Harvest different veggies when they are ready and then try making some simple but delicious vegetable recipes together – they will love being able to eat what they have grown.
Select Varieties They Like
If you want your children to take a genuine interest in growing veg, then it makes sense to choose varieties they would like to eat. For example, if they loathe broccoli, they are probably going to take little enjoyment in watching it grow.
Instead, make sure you pick some of their favourite fruits and veggies to help them become more involved with the process.
Start off Small and Simple
Lastly, rather than jumping all in and investing in a greenhouse or landscaping your garden, it is a good idea to start small. You could begin with a strawberry plant and a few trays of tomato seedlings, or if you would like a slightly bigger project, buying a polytunnel could do the trick.
This allows your kids to try it out before you have invested lots of time, effort and money.
Happy vegetable growing!