Growing your own vegetable patch

Whether you live in an apartment with a small deck or in a house with a huge, sun-filled garden, you can get your kids growing their own veggie patch. It’s a great way to teach them about nature, how to eat well, and about where their food comes from.

  child with a basket of veg

Top 6 tips for growing your own vegetables

1. Start with what you have access to i.e. a small plastic container, a plant pot, window box or even a garden bed. Don’t make the space too large - Remember that little arms should be able to reach the middle from all sides.
 
2. Allow your child to help pick out the seeds for planting. The seed packets are all bright and colourful. Doing this may encourage them to ask questions about the different vegetables, especially those they have never seen or tasted before.

3. Start with vegetables that grow quickly to provide more satisfaction to children. Radishes will sprout in 3-5 days and can be harvested in 30 days. Other choices include peas, pumpkins, carrots, and lettuce.

4. Give the kids ownership and responsibility for their vegetable garden. Make sure they are involved in all aspects of their garden, from planning what to grow to watering.

5. Harvest! One of the most inspiring garden activities for kids is harvesting food from the garden and using them to make a meal.

6. Wash up - Always remember to wash hands thoroughly in warm, soapy water after being in the garden, after handling seeds or raw vegetables, and before you eat or handle food. Raw veg and herbs should also be washed before being eaten.

Most importantly, have fun. Don’t make gardening into more work than it needs to be. Enjoy being outside and get muddy!