Growing Up Green

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..?!

Growing up green - Snowpeas

Snowpeas

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!

Growing up green - Spinach

Spinach

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.

Growing up green - Proud Gardener!

Proud Gardener! Snowpeas, Basil, Blueberries, Watering

Happy gardening!

 

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Vicki Saunders
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I was born in country NSW and am now firmly saturated in city life, still we cannot be without our garden, parks and home cooking. Cooking has always been my creative outlet and I'm pretty relaxed about it, knowing it doesn't always turn out as planned and sometimes that's awesome!! I will tell people I follow the recipe the first time but in truth, I'm tweaking almost immediately. I've always thought myself quite healthy, but when we created our very own small person I realised there's hidden surprises in most processed foods and with a bit more effort we can give her the best start in life.

Vicki Saunders

I was born in country NSW and am now firmly saturated in city life, still we cannot be without our garden, parks and home cooking. Cooking has always been my creative outlet and I'm pretty relaxed about it, knowing it doesn't always turn out as planned and sometimes that's awesome!! I will tell people I follow the recipe the first time but in truth, I'm tweaking almost immediately. I've always thought myself quite healthy, but when we created our very own small person I realised there's hidden surprises in most processed foods and with a bit more effort we can give her the best start in life.

5 Comments:

  1. Baby spinach is so versatile and not strong tasting so I can see this being a winner with little ones. Always great to get them helping in the garden and it is so much more inviting to try something they have helped to grow. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing your growing and eating success with me on Country Kids.

  2. We try to get my son interested in the gardening and he is, to the point of digging and sprinkling seeds. Then he forgets about it completely. We grew flowers this year; maybe we just copy your idea and grow food – that may just pique his interest a little more!

    • Her interest is usually pretty short, though getting longer as she gets older… She also loves watering, I think she owns 3 watering cans, and we bought her her own small broom to sweep the leaves. You could also try decorating paddle pop sticks to put near the seeds and Lexi just loves pulling “naughty weeds!”
      Keep it up, it can only be good!

  3. It is lovely to get children involved in growing food. Nice to know she will nibble at bits.
    I remember doing this with my grandparents when I was a child and loved trying out the fruit as we picked it.
    Hopefully as she gets older she will keep the interest. #countrykids

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