Anyone can plant a vegetable garden – and I mean anyone. You don’t have to live in the country or even the suburbs. You can train vines like cucumber or melon to grow up a trellis. You can grow a small tomato plant in a container on your back porch. If space is really limited, you can even plant herbs in a single clay pot on your windowsill.
One of the best ways to have healthy kids is to introduce them to growing their own veggies. Children love to be involved in selecting and preparing meals, if you let them. When our garden is in full bloom, we often start dinner with a trip to the garden. We let our grandkids choose what they want to eat and then pick it themselves. Once it’s prepared, they can’t wait to try it!
Growing a garden is easy – you almost can’t go wrong. Onions, tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, carots, garlic, beans, peas, herbs – most vegetables are pretty hardy plants. As long as you water them each day, pick off any dead leaves or wild shoots, and make sure they get direct sun, most will grow well. You don’t have to start from seeds, either. If you want “instant” results, you can buy small vegetable plants at your local store for just a couple of dollars. They will be producing just a few weeks after you plant them.
And your garden doesn’t have to be limited to vegetables, either. We devote a good portion of our garden to herbs. If you’ve never had fresh herbs added to your food, you’re missing something special! Dried herbs from a bottle just don’t compare.
Most kids today have no idea where food comes from beyond the grocery store, and that’s sad. Growing a garden can provide so many teaching moments. It gives them something to be responsible for, and I don’t know a child anywhere that isn’t amazed when they see that first green “thing” break through the soil! It’s really magic.
If you’re interested in planting your own garden, a great book is Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. This book has been around since the 1970s (in fact, it’s one of the first books I read on the subject way back when!). There’s also a Square Foot Gardening website.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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You might also want to read: You Can Eat Healthy on a Budget, Healthy Kids: Give Them a Choice of Veggies, Kids Actually Love Healthy Foods!