Growing for kids is not the same as growing with kids – that’s a whole other post. Growing for kids is about growing things that your kids will eat, as opposed to growing things that your kids will like to grow. Are you following me?
In my nearly four years of experience growing for kids (which isn’t a lot so if you a have older children bare this in mind), I’ve found that they like the following:
Avoid things that are tough, stringy, need lots of sugar (Rhubarb) or have pips in.
You’ll notice that disappointingly there’s not much that’s green on this list. In our house, at least, there is still a moratorium on the acceptance of green things on the plate – even if they have been grown by Mummy’s own hands. I’ll try again this year but I’m not holding out much hope. At the moment I can only get them to eat Courgettes if I lie and say they are Cucumbers – and that’s not sustainable (or morally acceptable, I suppose).
So there you have it – my non-scientific list of things my children tend to eat from the garden. I’m sure there are children out there who happily munch bucketfuls of Spinach and Kale but they certainly don’t live in my house.