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Fun and Easy Plants for Kids to Grow

Are you ready to get the family together and build a garden of awesome memories? Perhaps you’d like to beautify the backyard with some colorful flowers and plants, or maybe you’d like to start a mini vegetable patch. Whatever family activity you choose, you and the kids will have tons of fun playing in the dirt and building something that will last.

Gardening takes patience, so it might not be your kids’ first choice over a video game or a TV show. But the plants on our list should germinate quickly so that the kids can be delighted by the fruits of their labor sooner. These plants also require little maintenance, so there’s not too much pressure on anyone to keep them growing strong.

Getting your kids involved with outdoor projects is a great way to introduce them to the wonderful world of plants and produce. Read on for some of the easiest foods for kids to learn to grow.

Foods to Grow With the Kids

  • Snap Peas: A fast-growing crop that can be eaten straight off the vine! These peas will germinate in 10 days and be ready for consumption in as little as two months.
  • Radishes: Radishes can be harvested in under a month. If you don’t believe me, you have to see it for yourself!
  • Cherry Tomatoes: There’s nothing like a fresh tomato straight off the vine. Cherries will grow consistently throughout the season and excite the kids over and over.
  • Potatoes: One potato starter can turn into a lot of potatoes. Get the kids pumped for a family dinner by making homemade fries or mashed potatoes with your produce!
  • Zucchini: Much like cucumber, zucchini is super easy to grow and maintain. Zucchini bread, anyone?

Flowers to Plant With the Kids

  • Snapdragon: This gorgeous flower has the most amazing coloring in person. The kids will love the blooms!
  • Marigolds: Marigolds are very tough flowers. The youngest of gardeners can care for a beautiful marigold garden.
  • Sunflowers: It’s hard not to smile when you see a sunflower. Imagine what it feels like to grow a whole patch! The seeds only take a week to germinate, and during the growing season, they’ll stretch to kiss the sky.

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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