I’ve always had fond memories of prodding away in the garden as a child. And I’ve never sat back and thought that until I started thinking about what a great thing we are doing introducing our very own child to the garden. It’s only then I realised, oh yeah, our parents already did this for us! I was particularly fond of the outdoors as a child and took over parts of the garden on a whim, which my parents never seemed to mind. Now my own child is trying to do this and I realise it’s not the simple thing it appears to be to a 3 year old! It’s time to introduce her to growing up green.
In order to give her her own gardening experience in our very small garden, as well as give her an appreciation for growing her own food, most of her gardening revolves around food, in fact, very little of our additions to our garden are non edible.
One of my brilliant ideas was snowpeas! Really easy to grow, and she stopped eating snowpeas a while back in that unexplained way that kids just stop eating things they once loved..?!
The snowpeas were a bit hit and miss… she loved the process, and even tasted them – a win in itself! – we tried them raw, steamed and BBQ’d, with only a nibble each time. We will persevere…
Another satisfying small garden crop is Spinach, but not the old school spinach I grew up with and loved as a child, the perennial baby spinach, which is great for pots and kids! This one we bought as a small pot and has flourished! Miss 3 loves helping pick and wash the leaves. And we can hide it in meals!
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to add some home grown greens onto their menu, it’s very low maintenance, tasty and vibrant! We’ve eaten it raw (adults only) and cooked and it’s growing faster then we can eat it. Miss 3 cannot seem to destroy it no matter how hard she tries and it’s so amazingly good for us.
I highly recommend getting your kids involved in the garden, it’s not always a success and thing will get broken, but you’re used to that right?! But it seems to also creates great memories and food! Don’t sweat the small stuff.