If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and have any space available that gets at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day you might consider planting a container or raised bed garden with your kids.

Editors note: we’ve had some experience growing vegetables with kids (Northeast USA) and our top choice for now (April 2nd) would be shelling peas. They are easy for kids to handle and they can go in the ground outside now (early spring). They take about 55-70 days to grow harvestable peas and our kids love to pick them and eat them raw. They are sweet and delicious and make a nutritious snack.

If you don’t have raised beds or room for a garden consider making a container garden. With peas you could make a trellis to encourage vertical growth (some varieties will grow taller than others), but don’t expect a giant harvest, it’s more of a daily snack.

If you can only grow inside with sunlight from a window or grow lamp consider microgreens and broccoli sprouts or salad greens.

Other kid favorites that we have tested:

  • Sungold tomatoes, cherry-sized golden tomatoes that are so sweet they will convert even the most reluctant tomato eater.
  • Bush or pole beans – more likely to make it onto a plate than some of the others which will be eaten right off the plant. Delicious lightly steamed with a little butter.
  • Your favorite herbs. Basil, parsley, mint, sage… these plants will be harvestable for the whole season if you don’t cut them back to hard. Beware of mint though, it can take over a garden so containers are best. Kids love mint. It grows like a weed so they can’t easily hurt it and they can make potions and teas and enjoy the smell.
  • Salad – look for varieties that you can take some leaves from and the plant will regrow. Plant at intervals so it’s not all ready at once.
  • Strawberries – hanging containers look nice and can produce a great harvest.
  • Pumpkins – late season and need space but always fun.
  • Potatoes – make sure the soil is loose. Super fun to harvest them with the kids and magically find the new potatoes in the soil under the plant.

For all these projects you’ll need good soil and some seeds. For containers you can reuse lots of household items if you get the right size for the plant.

Our recommendation is that you call your local gardening center or farm supply store and ask if you can order supplies for shipping or curbside pickup (during COVID crisis).

Here are some links to supplies you can get on Amazon in the US (please add comments with suggestions for other countries):

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