Last summer was our first year having a garden, and one of the kids favorite thing about it was not the weeding if you can believe that! They loved the sun kissed snacks. Growing a snack garden is fun, and delicious. Who isn’t going to love a garden they can eat, similar to an herb garden but something they can eat straight from the garden instead of cooking with.
Growing a snack garden is the perfect way to introduce your kids to eating healthy foods because you’re not too likely to be growing chocolate or candies. Right?
Growing a Snack Garden with Your Kids
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If you don’t have the ground space to planting a snack garden in your yard try planting container gardens. Everything with the exception of the rhubarb can be grown in containers.
While we of course loved the “regular” or hot house tomatoes my kids preferred the small cherry and sugar tomatoes. They are bite sized and perfect to picking off the vine and popping in your mouth.
Sugar Snap Peas
The peas…. oh there were too few of them please we messed up on the support and they died. But they were amazing. I have great memories of eating sugar peas from my great-grandmothers garden.
We bought seeds for some fun colored purple carrots as well as the typical orange carrots ones. Because our ground is very hard packed and clay like we were unable to just pull them out. Instead we had to dig them out, give them a really good wash and then crunch away.
Broccoli and Cauliflower
My first piece of advice is to be aware that critters love broccoli and cauliflower and if you don’t cage them in you won’t get to eat them, we learned this the hard way. Cauliflower was Austin’s request last year and we’ll know better for this year.
This is the easiest snack you can grow because once you plant it it continues to grow. Just leave a couple stalks when removing others to promote new growth. And remind your children to not eat the leaves as they are poisonous.
Strawberries and blueberries, raspberries and black berries. I have no experience growing these though, because I think my strawberry plants are dead, but boy would my kids be able to pick them clean!
What would you grow in your snack garden?