26 Sep TOP 5 EASIEST PLANTS FOR KIDS TO GROW
If you’re an avid gardener and you have children, chances are good that you’ll want them to be out in the garden with you and learn to love it as much as you do. They will likely soak up many lessons from you by proxy, but if you really want them to lean, then be deliberate about setting them up for success.
The last thing any novice wants to feel is failure — certainly, mistakes and failures are a part of the learning process, but to keep them interested and excited, children need to feel encouraged and successful. So let them have their own little patch of soil in the garden, and give them seeds or small transplants to plant and nurture. Here are the top 5 easiest plants for kids to grow — these are almost foolproof, and will provide your child with a real sense of accomplishment from the get-go.
1. Sunflowers — These cheerful flowers are not only classic garden beauties, they are so simple to grow that it should be a crime not to try them. They range from short varieties to very tall ones with huge flower heads. Sunflowers prefer full sun, easy to grow from seed, and attract birds and insects.
2. Bush beans — Bush beans are fairly trouble-free garden veggies, and they mature earlier than pole beans, which is ideal for young gardeners who might lack a bit of patience. Consider some of the burgundy or purple varieties for a colorful surprise harvest.
3. Zucchini — Zucchini is easy to grow and will quickly take over a garden plot with its long vines, so be sure to give it adequate room. Zucchini can be a bit susceptible to some viruses and blights, but if that happens, just turn it into a garden lesson. But the chances of having a huge bumper crop are so high that it’s definitely worth the slight risk.
4. Zinnias — I love zinnias with their bright colors and layers of petals. Either from seed or transplants, zinnias are super easy to cultivate, but reach for the faster maturing varieties or the old-fashioned mixes to have a quicker turn-around.
5. Pumpkins — Planted in the spring from either seeds or transplants, pumpkins are a delightful addition to the children’s garden. Ornamental, edible, and just plain fun, pumpkins need a bit of room to spread out (similar to zucchini), so plan accordingly.