Veggie Patch Kids
Spring time is here and we have big plans for your back yards! Planting a small vegetable garden with your children can be a fun, green and cost-effective project for the summer. By including your child in the planting, growing and harvesting process- it may actually help increase his or her interest in trying new veggies. Children will learn about the vegetables, nurture them as they grown and take pride in the final product. So when that veggie makes an appearance on their plate, your child is much more likely to give it a try.
Here are some quick tips on growing a vegetable garden:
Start Small- if you weren’t born with a green thumb, start with a small corner of your yard or even in plant pots for your first veggie season.
Keep it Simple- Beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans are good choices for beginners.
Choose your Spot- Be sure to choose a location in your yard that will get at least 8 hours of sun and won’t be in a high wind area. Also be sure you will be able to easily water it at least 1-2 times per week.
Get Dirty- Clear the location of your future garden of all weeds and debris. Use planting soil or add compost to enrich the soil to feed those veggies as they grow.
Summer Fun- Maintain your veggies throughout the summer with regular watering, weeding and harvesting to keep the harvest going all season long. Check out this grilled vegetable recipe for enjoying the fruits of your labor.