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Gardening with children

Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 607 ✭✭✭✭

I am a firm believer in getting children top garden and adding it to school, towns, or any community areas.

One thing I do to encourage children to garden is to grow unusual veggies, flowers or plants to get them to ask questions or want to grow their own little garden area

Do you grow unusual plants that may encourage a child to want to grow?


  • AngelAngel Posts: 61 ✭✭✭

    My kids have been intrigued by veggies that aren't the standard color. We've grown white cucumbers and purple carrots, for example. Also, the name of the variety can be appealing, like Dragon Egg cucumber, Cinderella pumpkins, or Easter Basket radish mix. I let the kids pick out a variety or two to try, and they can be in charge of those plants if they want. We have discovered some real favorites this way. For an unusual flower that is fun and easy to grow, we grow cockscomb.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 607 ✭✭✭✭

    @Angel There's a yellow cucumber that is crispy like an apple that is fun. I also have a variegated corn stalk corn.

    Gourds are always fun and later I have had children dry them and paint them for Christmas Ornaments. Popcorn and ornamental corn is a surprise waiting for the colors

    Cockscomb is a fun flower, so is amaranth. And edible flower make a salad exciting.

    We grew scarlet runner beans this year for a fun flower colored bean.

  • CorneliusCornelius Posts: 230 ✭✭✭

    I grow giant red Japanese mustard (the leaves look purple) and black popcorn (there are other colors out there like blue). I think anything purple is going to be a hit with kids.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 607 ✭✭✭✭

    @Cornelius Kids just love color in veggies and gardening. I have a multi- colored leaf on one of my corn varieties and as many different colored lettuces as possible to encourage kids to eat salads. I grow as many small tomatoes in different colors as I can and this year I grew a red string bean to go with the green,, yellow and purple bean varieties

    How large do ther leaves get on the red japanese Mustard?

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,361 admin

    This site has a ton of resources for kids gardening projects, including resources for educators. You can sign up for newsletters.


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