A vegetable garden for kids?
Because, when you start thinking about it, a lot of questions come up. Like:
- How do you set up a garden so kids can grow themselves?
- Is there such a thing as too young to start?
- Which vegetables are kid-friendly?
- How do you teach them what to do?
- And of course, how do you keep it fun (for them and for you)?
Vegetable gardening: is that really something for kids?
A Planty Garden is different. It's just the fun parts of gardening, without all the hassle. There's not much that can go wrong, so kids stay engaged. And they reap the benefits 🙂
When their vegetables and flowers grow fast, taste good, and look amazing, kids are sold forever.
- they get enthusiastic
- start playing outside more
- gain self-confidence
- can concentrate better
- develop an understanding of nature
- and become more aware of the environment
Another big bonus: kids eat more vegetables. Which makes sense, because they want to taste what they've grown themselves:
But some kids don't like vegetables
Heidi emailed me about her son's birthday party. There were seven 9-year-olds.
Her son picked vegetables from his garden box and all the kids tried them. All 7 kids! She wrote: "Even the notoriously picky eaters. Their enthusiasm was contagious."
This is just one story, but you get the idea. Seeing something grow makes kids curious, even in the pickiest eaters.
How do you get kids excited?
To them, the plants come up like magic. They're excited about the critters too: the butterflies, bees, and worms.
Even the snails and caterpillars are fun. Well, until they eat the plants. Then suddenly they're a lot less popular.
Is gardening too hard for kids?
There is some learning involved. But with our system, growing vegetables is kid-proof. Kids ages 8 and up can do a lot by themselves.
Just look at Sven. He's been growing with Planty for five years now. It all started with a talk at school about tomatoes. He even has his own Youtube channel about his Planty Garden, the Outdoor Buddies (Buiten Buddies).
How do you teach kids to grow vegetables?
When they're little, they do it together with you. But ages 8 and up can do a lot on their own.
What's a good age to start?
At age 10, they can do even more themselves, and 12+ can do everything independently.
Help out a little now and then
Of course, you'll need to help them out a little. Somebody's got to put together the garden boxes and order the MM-Mix.
And sometimes they'll need help caring for the plants. Really young kids sometimes forget to water or thin them out. A heatwave, unexpected late frost, hungry birds, or a family of snails can also lead to some disappointment.
Help them with loving reminders, comforting words, and sampling the harvest: even that half-pecked tomato 😉
If there's a temporary lapse in interest, you might need to step in. But that's what you're a parent for, right? And there's an extra bonus: you get to have all their fun in the garden.
Which plants are good for starting out?
But it's also important that the garden looks nice. You want different heights, colors, and shapes so that it's not just nice to eat, but nice to look at.
Flowers give the garden that little extra something. You'll find a few (edible) flower options in the shop.
In a nutshell:
- The Planty Gardening system lets kids grow vegetables independently.
- Give little kids a small garden box or grow bag so they can reach everything easily.
- Use easy and fast-growing vegetable varieties.
- Grow together, but let your child do as much as possible on their own.
- Help them remember their to-do's and help out once in a while.
Enjoy your time in the garden!
Inspiration and ideas
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