You must be day-dreaming about Fall…[sigh]…me too.
I’m looking forward to working outside in cooler weather and I’m eager to plant and harvest many of our favorite foods. I have been gardening with my kiddos for several years and have organized a Kid’s Community Garden in my backyard. Here are some thoughts based on what I’ve learned from kids about growing food…
Ask your child what they would like to grow, odds are you’ll get a list of things they’d be excited to eat. Let them rattle off a list of things and then together you can look at a planting guide to see which crops are appropriate for Fall weather.
You can’t control everything that goes into growing food but you can give you child’s garden the best chance possible by growing the right foods at the right time. In addition to making good use of a planting guide try to grow only the varieties of crops that have been proven to perform well in your area. Here is a guide for Travis County, make sure to take it with you when you’re shopping for seeds and starts.
Some additional thoughts that may help inspire ideas:
All of the following crops can be grown in a small space, pots even (just make sure not to grow a long variety of carrots in a shallow pot).
What’s most important is to make it fun and celebrate the process!
My experience working with kids in the garden is pretty limited since I don’t have kids of my own. Jenni’s insights above are so great, because she frankly is pretty much an expert gardening with kids (just look at those adorable photos!).
Here are a few of my favorite fall veggies to grow (and I am pretty sure any kid would love to grow as well) either because they grow rather quickly, have very visible life cycles, or are fun to harvest:
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