Children love getting their hands a little dirty. And, when it is in regards to a little project that they can take care of, that's an even more rewarding experience than just playing in the dirt. It's one thing to allow them to grow flowers and food in the garden at peak season, but to allow them to bring their little projects inside to grow all-year-round is another.
Planting specific fruits and veggies, which are easily maintained indoors, is a great way to encourage responsibility and joy. So, we have listed 10 easy to maintain and fun fruits and veggies for your child to grow inside of the home. Whether they are transplanted from your outside garden or grown initially inside, these choices are fantastic for your little one's enjoyment.
Beans are such an incredibly easy vegetable to grow straight from the bean itself. When purchased in a pack, simply place it an inch deep in soil. You can have soil put into a small dish or small glass for the choice to visibly see its roots form. This way, every morning when your toddler waters the plant, they will be able to feel so proud of their accomplishment.
Ensure the beans are in sunlight and the soil is kept moist. Your beans will sprout in no time. You can simply transplant them into the ground on peak season or keep them indoors for you and your child to enjoy.
Strawberries grow like wildfire when planted deep into the ground. But they're also an incredible house plant. Ensuring they're in direct sunlight, strawberry plants are great when hung high or in a pot below.
Whether you encourage your child to stand on a step ladder to reach their plant hanging from the ceiling or sprits the plant with water from their watering bottle, toddlers love to see berries grow. They also love to eat them. Strawberry plants are a great option for food to grow indoors.
Mint is such a versatile herb. Yes, this may not be a vegetable, exactly, but it sure pairs well with many vegetables like tomato, cucumber, and pear! How fantastic is fresh mint?
Fresh mint also grows very fast and very quickly if you let it. So, if you decide to transplant it outside once it's in full bloom inside, make sure you have space for it to run free. It is also a perennial, so it will return every year.
7 GREEN ONION
Whether called "green onion" or "chive," this vegetable is so incredibly easy to grow from inside, it's a joke. It's also very fascinating how when you soak a remaining, unused root in water, it will grow an entirely new head of green leaves within weeks.
So, next time you have purchased green onion and are about to throw out the white ends, tie them together with an elastic, submerge them upright in water, and watch them grow. With little to no upkeep other than placing the cup in sunlight, your toddler will be amazed at how easy it is to grow their very own green onion.
Avocado trees require heat, attention, and love, but they are an absolutely realistic house plant to have if you're ready to tend appropriately to it. Take the pit of an avocado; stick two toothpicks in it, one at either end; and submerge half of it into water.
Wait a few weeks until roots form. Once they do, plant it into soil and watch the sprouts pop out of the moist soil. Ensure your toddler has their morning routine of watering their avocado tree. If it does become successful, you can transplant it outside for the summer or keep it indoors.
Cilantro has an acquired taste. Some believe it tasks like soap while others can't get enough of it. Regardless, it is an incredibly easy herb to maintain when grown in sunlight. It's also incredibly delicious when it's fresh from the "garden."
Cilantro is a great starter plant for your toddler to grow. It's also a great learning curve for them to see how much work it takes to water and care for a plant. It's also great of the child to see what types of food add flavor to certain meals.
When planted outside, raspberries grow like wildfire as well. This type of plant/bush is very easy to maintain. They don't mind the shade and will grow under harsh, dry conditions. So, if your toddler decides to pick a large pot to plant their raspberry bush in, and though they should keep attentive, if they forget to water it every other day it will not die.
Ensure it's not at arms reach for frequent run-ins, either. This bush can get spiky. But it can be delicious and great for any baked recipe that you and your toddler like to create in your kitchen.
Parsley is another fantastic herb that can be easily grown inside the home. Whether you start from the seed or a purchased plant, your child can take care of it on their own quite easily.
It's also quite a delicious little snack for when they're craving some flavor in their day. Whether your toddler has their plant in their room or on a windowsill in the kitchen, their parsley plant can be their very own, used when needed in virtually any day-to-day recipe.
There is nothing tastier than fresh spinach! It's as if the packaged versions were a completely different plant. And it's full of iron and minerals. Raw spinach can be added to blended smoothies, topped onto sandwiches, or even added to their raw food snacks that they enjoy to eat. Toddlers will love the idea of growing their own spinach and eating it right out of their pot.
Keep in mind: raw spinach may not be easily digested for children under 1 year old. Speak to your physician or nutritionist for further information.
Kale is also a perennial. It's quite hearty and very strong. Kale can be planted in the home and easily transplanted into the garden if you like. The beauty of kale is that it will not take over any space it's given. It likes to keep to itself and grow on its own terms—as long as it's being watered.
Kale is a great indoor plant for a toddler to keep care of. It's delicious, it's nutritious, and you shouldn't be surprised if you catch them picking at it until the leaves disappear into their little, toddler bellies.