Best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids

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Here’s a list of 25 of the best fruit, vegetable and herb plants to grow with kids in the garden this year. 

Best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids

We had great fun growing vegetables last year and we also planted lots of other seeds.

Our herbs grew really well and our spinach and I loved that my daughter could pick the chard herself and eat it within minutes for her lunch.

This year we’re using our super-cheap but brilliant mini greenhouse to start the seedlings and grow our herbs and vegetable plants.

My friends have raved about how good mini-greenhouses are for years, so I thought it was time to invest. I know you’re here to find out about the best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids, so I’ve just added some information on the greenhouse at the bottom of this post.

Best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids

We don’t have the best garden for growing, it’s not huge, it is east facing and the soil is typically horrible London clay, which is so hard to dig when it’s wet.

But there are loads of fruit and veg which are super easy to grow with little fingers … impatient for exciting results … even in poor conditions like ours.

This is the list of 25 fruit, vegetable and herb plants that we’re planning on growing complete with the start months for sewing in and outside, planting out and harvesting

To best satisfy the interests and tastes of small gardeners we’ve gone for a mixture of:

  • Speedy growers like radishes and lettuces
  • Some dramatic plants e.g. sunflowers, zucchini and Jerusalem artichokes
  • Bulbs and tubers as well as seeds
  • Stuff even fussy eaters will eat whole like snap peas and french beans
  • Plus spinach, chard, kale and cabbage that can be blended into sauces
  • Yummy berries of course
  • And some lovely smelly herbs which we can use in everything from cooking and teas to play dough and herb crowns

25 best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids

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Plant

Sow 
In
Sow OutPlant OutHarvest

Beetroot Mar Jun
Blackberries  JanJun
Blueberries  NovJun
Broad beans Mar Jun
BroccoliMarApr Jun
CabbageFeb MayJul
ChivesFebMayMayAug
French beansAprMay Jun
Garlic  NovJul
Jerusalem artichoke Mar Dec
Lemon balm FebAprJul
LettuceFebMar Jun
Kale Mar Jun
Mint (Grow in containers) Mar Jun
Onions  SepJun
PotatoesFebApr Jul
Radishes … only takes a few weeks to grow Mar Mar
Sage … harvest the second year May Jul
Snap peas Mar Jun
Spinach Mar May
Spring onionsFeb  Aug
Strawberries … might not fruit from seed 1st year Mar Jun
Sunflowers May Aug
Swiss chardFebMar  
Zucchini/courgettesMayJun Jul

When you’re gardening with kids, I do think it’s worth getting them some gloves, they provide protection against cuts and stings AND make cleaning their nails easier.

Plus it is worth buying kids some hand tools of their own. My tools were definitely too heavy for my 4-year-old to use comfortably.

MINI GREENHOUSE – BRILLIANT FOR SMALL SPACES

We have a four-tier greenhouse like this one by Woodside. It has a weather-resistant cover to protect our seeds and plants from rain, frost and the cold and keep garden pests at bay. 

Why this greenhouse is so great:

  • VERSATILE –  great for small pot plants and growing herbs and vegetables
  • SPACE SAVING – Ideal for gardens with limited space and balconies. The dimensions are height: 160cm x width: 70cm x depth: 50cm.
  • WEATHER RESISTANT – 135GSM PE woven cover to protect plants and vegetables from the rain, cold, frost and pests. 
  • EASY ACCESS – Roll up zip panel door is for easy access and ensures that your plants get plenty of ventilation and fresh air.
  • STRESS-FREE ASSEMBLY – Simple push together system for stress-free and easy to assemble/dismantle in no time.

It gets lots of great reviews from happy customers on Amazon, the greenhouse is easy to assemble and sturdy. You can read all the five-star reviews here. 

The main issue that seems to crop up in customer reviews is that the greenhouse needs to be tethered or weighed down on windy days. We have added bricks into the bottom of our greenhouse, which is working fine for windy days. 

The other thing you’ll need to bear in mind before buying is that it will need replacement covers, but these are easily available. 
Take a look at the Woodside four-tier greenhouse to see if it is just what you need.

I really hope you’ve found this post useful, you might also like my post on planting seeds with kids.

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37 thoughts on “Best fruit and vegetables to grow with kids”

  1. Each year, I sit down with the children and ask them what they would like to grow and eat. We no longer grow courgette, but lots of things that they like eating. Plus it gets them outside helping. #CountyKids

  2. My 2 year old was eating our tomatoes like crazy last year, straight off the vine, especially my mom’s cherry tomatoes. And this winter, he’s been popping off the onion greens and eating them. Also, last year I got my 11 year old daughter to finally like zucchini by growing it in our garden.

    1. I am hoping growing our veg will have same effect on my daughter of getting her to like alot of stuff she doesn’t like at the moment. Am thinking of having a go at tomatoes on the kitchen roof as it is the most amazing sun trap but need to work out the practicalities 🙂

  3. Such a great list and helpful information on growing veg and fruit with the children, it’s such a lovely activity for them to enjoy. Looking forward to seeing your children at work planting theirs. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  4. I used to love my big garden, now I have a small one for tomatoes and herbs only. Looking forward to planting season. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Spinach and chard are really easy and they will keep going for ages. We have hardly had any frost in our freak London Winter this year and they are still going strong. Really do taste so much nicer freshly picked.

  6. Great idea and range of plants. I’ve just got a cheap greenhouse for the same reason as you-I want to plant more from seed or grow on from seedlings this year. The children love it. Popping over from #hdygg

  7. Such a brilliant post, I’ve pinned it ready for when I take over planning the pre-school allotment. I’ll have to come back and share how we get on!

  8. We grow tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, garlic and herbs every year. We had great success with a blueberry plant in a pot last year – there is nothing like a warm autumn morning eating fresh blueberries. Disasters include some very stubborn squash that would flower and not fruit

  9. I find from one year to the next different things do well, last year was hopeless for a lot of things, despite the warm Summer, the cold Spiring really set things back. Sunflowers are always great for kids, as long as the sheep don’t start eating them through the fence… bad neighbours!!

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