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5 things to bear in mind when you start growing vegetables with kids

5 things to bear in mind when you start growing vegetables with kids

  Mid June we are already, we are reaching the end of spring here in Kent, can you believe it! If you are new at growing vegetables, you might think it is too late to start for this growing season. Well, I have got some good news for you: it is not too late yet! There are lots of things you still can grow now. You have to be more careful though, there is less time for mistakes. Read on for…

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Sow, grow and eat with kids: carrot and broccoli recipes

Sow, grow and eat with kids: carrot and broccoli recipes

Spring is really here now, the sun is out, temperature is up, some paddling pools have even come out already! The fun in the vegetable garden can really begin now! Because it has become warmer, the vegetables grow so much quickly, finally things are really moving. It is the perfect time to think about what you will be cooking with all those lovely homegrown vegetables. Last week I started to write a list of recipes for homegrown produce. In part…

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Sow, Grow and Eat with Kids: Recipes for the produce

Sow, Grow and Eat with Kids: Recipes for the produce

If you have started growing vegetables in early Spring, May is the month you might be enjoying your very first harvest. Depending on the weather it may take a bit longer still. If you have the kids involved they may be getting a little impatient by now or worse, they might have lost interest!? This is probably a good time to look forward to what you can be looking forward later in Spring and in the Summer. I made an overview of…

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To Hide or Not To Hide

To Hide or Not To Hide

Do you sometimes hide some vegetables in a meal? You can simply cut the veggies in tiny pieces and add them to a pasta sauce for example.  Or you may even take the blender out of the cupboard so all the bits totally disappear, problem solved, no discussion to be expected.

Sow, Grow and Eat with kids

Sow, Grow and Eat with kids

Chapter 2: Waiting, excitement, disappointment and first harvesting Finally the weather has warmed up. Things are moving quickly in the garden now, so time for an update. Lots has happened since I wrote my first chapter about our vegetable garden. We have waited and waited for seeds to sprout, we have been excited about some sprouting and disappointed about quite a few not moving at all. We even had our very first little harvesting already.

Why we grow vegetables at home

Why we grow vegetables at home

Since we moved from London to Kent we have a garden with a vegetable garden.  During the first Spring we lived here, I immediately started to grow vegetables.  With little ones and pregnancy bums, I couldn’t always spend as much time in the garden as needed, but I did what I could and tried to involve the kids whenever they let me.

Sow, grow and eat with kids

Sow, grow and eat with kids

Chapter 1: Preparing the soil and first sowing session of the year I was the luckiest mum on Mother’s Day this year, it was the day I got to start working on the vegetables of the new season. It was pretty cold still, but it was dry and my three kids were keen to make a start with me. This is what we did on Mother’s Day and the following days:

7 amazing benefits of cooking with your children

7 amazing benefits of cooking with your children

I think cooking is a fabulous activity to do together with the kids. It is a fantastic activity that combines so many things in one single activity. It is fun, it is useful, it is spending quality time, and not in the least, it is an opportunity to learn about numerous things: it allows you to talk about health, about maths, about sustainability, about economics,… and I can keep going.

Taster plates

Taster plates

If you have read my post about teaching variation, you know I think it is very important to teach our kids to eat a great variety of different types of food. I came up with 7 main reasons why.  I described a first way of working on teaching the kids variation in my apple post. Simply introduce more variation in the way you prepare and serve completely accepted types of food. If you do this on a regular basis, you are preparing them…

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Teaching variety: 5 different ways to eat a raw apple

Teaching variety: 5 different ways to eat a raw apple

If you read my post about teaching variety to kids you’ll know I really want to teach my kids to eat a great variety of different kinds of food. If you would like that too, but you don’t know where to start and you are worried they won’t appreciate your efforts, I suggest to make a slow and easy start.  A first step in teaching variation is to start varying the way you offer  and present well known and accepted…

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