While we weren’t all born with green thumbs, fortunately some vegetables are easier to grow than others. The 8 vegetables on this list are perfect for any skill level, regardless of age, making them the perfect project to do with your children.
All you’ll need to grow carrots is a section of soil or a pot deep enough to handle the length of the root vegetable.
Make sure the soil is free from rocks as they may cause your carrots to grow crooked and you’ll know your carrots are ready for harvesting when their tops breach the soil line.
While there are many different varieties of beans, broad beans are the easiest of all to grow. Bush beans will generally produce a larger yield, but broad beans are far easier to manage.
Pole beans are also easy to grow, but will require a trellis, and even if the yield is too much for your family to eat you can always freeze them for later use.
There’s nothing quite like a salad made of leaves picked fresh from the garden and fortunately lettuce is easy to grow!
As lettuce grows quickly, it’s a good idea to spread out your sowings to delay the harvest as you may end up with more than is possible to eat.
Cucumbers grow ferociously so be sure to provide the plant with enough space to spread their roots – much like how new online betting sites keep appearing!
Smaller varieties are excellent for pickling, but be sure to only plant your cucumbers once all possibility of frost has passed. There are many varieties of cucumber, but some of our favourites are Diva and Straight Eight.
Spinach is technically part of the lettuce family, making it just as easy to cultivate!
High in iron, versatile and delicious, spinach can be added to salads, soups, or stir-fries and should be picked continuously once the leaves are of a reasonable size to encourage new growth.
All your tomato plants will need is a little bit of water and plenty of sun in order to bear fruit all summer long!
Tomato plants can take time to get started, so you may consider buying starter plants from your local nursery in order to speed up the process. High in vitamins and minerals, there are few things as delicious as a freshly picked tomato.
Much like tomatoes, bell pepper starter plants are readily available at nurseries and home improvement stores.
Packed with vitamins, bell peppers are delicious eaten raw or cooked and add the perfect pop of colour to any meal.
Summer squash is a high yielding plant so you’ll likely only need a few plants in order to feed your whole family. Some varieties may dislike wind, so be sure that your plot has some protection and the squash will be ready to harvest once the plants are 20-25cm long.
While there are plenty of varieties to choose from, some of our favourites are Green Bush and Sure Thing.