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Easy grow your own vegetables for children through the seasons

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Easy grow your own vegetables for children through the seasons

Have you noticed my carrot photos on Instagram recently?  I’m so amazed!  I grew carrots from seeds and they are giants!  I have a couple of vegetable trugs in our garden and some pots in which we have been growing various fruit and veggies for three years now, ever since we’ve had our garden.  I don’t find a lot of time to get out in the garden to tend to my crops as I’m a busy mum who tries to work full time around household chores and mum duties, so the easier the veg to grow, the better.  I tend to pop the seeds in the soil and hope for the best!  Ben is in the garden much more than me so he remembers to water them.  Though the UK rainy weather often does a good job of this for us! 

Easy grow your own vegetables for children through the seasons

I hope as the children grow older I will find more time to grow a lot more and I’ll encourage them to help me.  Reuben is only two, so a little young, but he can still help with digging around and dropping seeds in (if I can prevent him from putting them in his mouth first!)  Bella is five and loves to help out with anything we are doing, particularly gardening.  Children find gardening fascinating and love to watch things grow, especially if they’ve planted it themselves.  I’m certain it encourages a love for the outdoors, wildlife and eating a healthier diet.  There are plenty of vegetables and fruit that are very easy for children to grow and look after.  By easy I mean popping the seed or plant in compost, watering daily and just letting nature do its work; easy for us adults and very easy for children to enjoy the pleasures of growing their own food.

Here are some super easy vegetables to plant throughout the different seasons:

Spring

Carrots from seed – teeny little seeds that can be left to their own devices.  Cover with some thin mesh netting until the green tops are fairly long to prevent carrot fly.  I sow my seeds quite early in spring after the last frost.

Potatoes from seed – plant your potato seeds half way down in potato sacks late February to March, once the green shoots start to poke through add more compost to cover them and keep doing this to the top of the sack.    You’ll get a load of greenery up top with flowers, once this starts to wilt it’s time to empty the sack to find all your potatoes! 

Summer

French beans from seed – these produce a great crop and it seems the more you pick, the more beans you get!  They just keep popping out of nowhere!  I sow these once it’s quite warm in late May/early June as they really don’t like cold weather.  They wrap themselves around the nearest thing and climb, so create a bamboo wigwam for them to grab onto and climb high.

Courgette plant – I cheated with courgettes this year as the seeds I sowed in spring didn’t materialise, so the neighbour gave us a courgette plant ready to plant out in June.  The more you pick, the more you get.  I read once a courgette plant can give up to 30 courgettes!  Yum!  Just make sure they have a sunny spot.

Autumn/Winter

Leeks from seed in summer / plant in autumn – the first year I grew leeks they didn’t work so well, but last year they were brilliant!  They are slow growers, so if you plant late in the summer they will grow quite slowly and survive the cold temperatures of autumn and winter.  Or pop the plants out early autumn.  We had lots of delicious leeks last year right through to the winter months.  They just seem to last in the soil forever and aren’t bothered by the cold.

Check out my grow your own blog posts for more advice and photos of previous years harvests!

Infographic: How your garden transforms through the seasons

This infographic by Rattan Direct explains what else you can plant in your garden throughout the changing seasons and how best to look after your outdoor space at each stage:  

Winter-to-Summer---How-Does-Your-Garden-Transform-During-These-Months Infographic on Lylia Rose UK Lifestyle Blog

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  1. Carol Peace

    Fabulous instructions I will definitely be passing them on to my grandchildren (i don't have a garden) but I am hoping to get an allotment soon.

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  2. Jayne Townson

    Some handy tips there, we managed to grow some courgettes for the first time this year, we've not managed 30 per plant though or anywhere near that. Victoria --- We've got the best one we've ever had this year, we've had around 10 so far and it's still going strong! I think the trick is to not let them get too big. My neighbour says the more you pick, the more will grow :)

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  3. Aysha Suleman

    This was a great blog. My mum and I growing our own herbs and fruit. We love all your advice. Thank you! :)

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  4. This is great, very helpful tips. I grow my own edible flowers and herbs like mint and rosemary and I love picking it from the garden. I will try to grow more things.

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  5. anthony harrington

    great post! our Daughter grows lots of veg and has a greenhouse for seedlings etc, our little Grandson loves helping and watching things suddenly appear and flourish.

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  6. jo liddement

    It's great to get the children involved in the garden and growing fruit and vegetable. My husband is a teacher and they have just began a garden club at school and been teaching children to prepare the beds and sow seeds and they love it!

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  7. Lynsie Lynn

    I think even I could manage that, the kids would love doing this!

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  8. Hayley F

    Great post. I'm growing veg and have loved doing it. I moved my carrots into another pot and now they are very sad and limp. Hopefully they will pick up. Think I will grow leeks during the winter x

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  9. I love this. I have always gardened with my kids and it is a great training ground for them and provides wonderful memories.

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  10. Sidrah Ahmed

    Great information

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  11. Kayleigh Watkins

    I wish we had a bigger garden my children would love to grow their own fruit and vegetables, it would save me a fortune on strawberries my daughter loves them xxx

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