I swear, the sun comes out for 48 contiguous hours in Portland and I’m ready to wear flip-flops and play in the dirt. I also get the itch to dig in my tiny vegetable garden.
I’ve got two small planter boxes on my broken concrete patio in the backyard. This year, I’m going to try to kill two birds with one stone (a TERRIBLE garden metaphor, but whatever) and fill my veggie garden with pick-and-eat crops.
Vegetables that are easy to grow, pick and pop straight into my mouth means:
#1: Fun garden snacking for me
#2: My kids are encouraged to eat vegetables
Gardening with kids is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to expose them to more vegetables. Frankly, I’m ready to give the dinner table tension a rest, and when we’re gardening, vegetables are just part of the fun. Plus there’s nothing like a sun-ripened cherry tomato.
Here are my favorite pick-and-eat vegetables. All are easy to grow, even for the novice gardener. If you don’t have garden space, plant them in a pot. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to tell the kids they’ve grown their own snacks.
Bonus: My beginner gardening book recommendations are at the end of the slideshow.
Looking for more ideas for gardening with kids? See: Best of Parent Hacks: Gardening with Kids
Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and the publisher of Parent Hacks, a site crammed with tips for making family life easier.