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Grow to Eat

Growing Fruit and Vegetables is and great way to introduce children to gardening and eating healthy. The excitement of bringing food from seed to plate will amaze them and have them begging for more. They may also eat their produce and pick up a favourite green along the way.

According to a recent study children who grown their own vegetables are five times more likely to eat them. Whether you wish to teach your children about nature and where their food comes from, we have plenty of tips to help get you started.

Things to think about

Little Growers at Jones Garden Centre Stone Plant NamesIt is important to plan your edible garden well. To create a successful edible garden you want to visualise the outcome. Do you want to create a pizza garden, or perhaps a herb garden? Do you want to create an edible garden to broaden their tastes?

For all the work that goes into it be sure that your children and family like what they are growing encourage tasting. A fun thing to do is include plants that can be eaten without any preparation. For example peas can be picked and eaten straight from the garden along with berries. Encourage your children to plant specific vegetables and encourage them to try them.

Keep your child involved in every aspect of their garden. Even a visit to Jones Garden Centre to pick out their seeds can keep them feeling motivated.

Gardening should be fun and not a chore so make it fun!

What to plant

There are so many options to choose from when planting your child’s edible garden. Remember kids like to see results fast which is something to consider so choose some quick growing plants so they can see the results of their labour.


Little Growers at Jones Garden Centre Stone Plant NamesChoose vegetables that are easy to grow example;

  • Salad Leaves are great and there is a wide range of textures and flavours to choose from.
  • Spring Onions and Radishes
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Broad Beans
  • Runner Beans
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Tomatoes


If you are looking to add a few shrubs to your garden consider growing some berry bushes. Blueberries and raspberries are relevantly easy to grow and the results are really tasty.

Little Growers at Jones Garden Centre Stone Plant NamesHerbs

Herbs are really easy to grow and can also save you a lot of money. Teach your child to smell the herbs and identify their scent.  Herbs are also really quick to show results.

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