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.
I didn’t have enough time and I didn’t know much about it at all, but I just really wanted to grow some vegetables. It requires months and months of work, preparing the soil, sowing, looking after those tiny little seedlings, endless battles with the weeds and bugs, watering frequently and then hopefully, finally, you can harvest, cook and eat! I absolutely love it! It is so relaxing, even if the harvest is a bit disappointing I still thoroughly enjoy the process anyway.
The only thing that is better even, is growing vegetables with the children. They too love it: the digging and delving, the squelching and squishing, playing with the bulldozers and the tipper trucks. They organise bug hunts and worm competitions: whoever can find the biggest wriggly worm wins. Then when the sowing is done, they can follow the growth of the plants and help to take care of them. Every day again. I think it might be a good practice for those kids who are keen to have a pet, can they keep their interest up until harvest time?
Because harvest is the feast; picking strawberries, digging out the carrots, and beetroots, cutting the lettuce, washing of the slugs and the mud and cook together. I truly believe this entire process of growing vegetables is next to cooking together another wonderful way of teaching your kids to enjoy healthy eating. I don’t think many children who have looked after some plants for a whole season would not want to taste the produce in the end.
That is why I am going to write a report of this year’s growing season in our vegetable garden. I will write about how the kids have fun in the garden and how they learn lots and lots, also about healthy eating.
Click through for Part 1 of the “Sow, Grow and Eat with Kids series”: Preparing the soil and first sowing session