TOP 5 SEEDS TO SOW WITH KIDS

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Not all seeds are created equal! Some are nice and easy to grow and others are a little more particular about conditions before they even attempt to poke their head above compost. If you are gardening with kids you want successes……… That way they will stay interested and are more likely to want to do more gardening in the future.¬† I’ve put together a list of a few of my top seeds to grow with kids that are easy and rewarding.

Potatoes

What child doesn’t like digging for buried treasure? Potatoes are so simple and again they can be grown in pots or bags if you are short on space. You can buy seed potatoes (these are basically a potato) from any good garden centre in spring. Pop them in a bright, cool place where they will then start to grow short, stubby sprouts (this process is known as chitting). Once they have these sprouts they can then be planted in the ground or with certain varieties planted into bags. We often use old compost bags here – fill about a third with compost, place 3 seed potatoes per bag, cover with more compost and keep topping up with more compost to bury the emerging leaves. Don’t forget to water it. When they’re ready to harvest just cut open the bag and leave the kids to rummage around until they found all the treasure.
Can be grown in pots.
kids digging up potatoes they had planting as seeds

Sunflowers

There’s a sunflower for everyone. Whether you want a small one with lots of flowers or tall one with a single huge flower and then everything inbetween. Often the smaller varieties are fine in pots if you don’t have a garden to grow them in. They will need support¬† in the form of a cane or stake especially the taller variaties as some of these can grow 2-3m!
Can be grown in pots.

Carrots

One of the great things about growing your own food is you can grow things you wouldn’t find in the supermarket. I know, I know you can buy carrots from the supermarket but you can’t normally buy purple, yellow and red carrots! They are easy to grow in a large deep container or in the ground. Normally in pots the seedlings are a little safer from slugs. A handy hint is to keep the pot up high (60cm plus), carrot fly is a pesky fly whos larvae tunnels into the carrots causing them to rot. The handy thing is that they fly at ground level so if you can keep them up high the carrots should remain unscathed.
Can be grown in pots.kids harvesting carrots

Peas

A great value vegetable to grow. You can grow them for pea shoots (the top growing tip of the plant) and eat it like you would salad, mangetout or fully grown peas out of the pod. You can grow shorter varieties which would again be fine in a large pot, just make sure you provide some support for the peas to climb up. These have always been really popular with the children I have taught over the years. They love picking the pod and getting to split it open to reveal a lovely row of green peas that they can then eat straight away. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
Can be grown in pots.

Cress

With age many of us develop patience. This is perhaps not in abundance with a 3 year old! Cress is perfect for even the most impatient of us. Once sown you will see it starting to grow in 24hrs and it will be ready to eat in about 7-14days. The other great thing with cress is it can been grown all year round on a windowsill in your home on nothing more than a bit of damp cottonwool.
Grow in anything on a little bit of damp cottonwool.

This really is the tip of the iceberg as far as seeds go. There are so many fruits, vegetables and flowers that can be grown from seed once you start you’ll be hooked! Good luck and comment below with any of your own seed suggestions.

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