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12 Easy Foods to Grow at Home

Growing your own food at home is a cost-effective and fun way to make sure your family is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to involve and educate young children on how food is grown – research shows that those who help with gardening are more likely to try (and actually eat) healthier foods.  

Home gardens don’t require much space, but they do need plenty of sunlight and water. It’s best to start small and add more plants each season if you choose. Container gardening is a great way to get started – even if you don’t have a yard, you may have a patio space that gets plenty of sun that would be ideal for growing a few plants.

When starting a garden, you can either purchase the seeds or buy starter plants. The latter is often the way to go for first-time gardeners. Plus, you’ll see the fruits of your labor much faster as opposed to waiting a few extra weeks during the germination stage, which can be hard for impatient little ones!

Here are 12 easy foods to choose from to ensure gardening success, plus some family-friendly recipes to help you use your fresh bounty:

Primrose Family Gardening Guide

  • Herbs: Fresh basil, thyme and rosemary are used in a wide variety of recipes, though any fresh herb is a great addition to many dishes!
  • Tomatoes: There are so many tomato varieties to choose from, but starting with sweet grape tomatoes may be more palatable for small children.
  • Peppers: There are many different types of peppers to grow, from sweet bell peppers to mellow banana peppers and spicy chili peppers. You can’t go wrong!
  • Sugar Snap Peas: This is another kid-friendly vegetable that is fun to grow. Note: this plant requires something for the plant to climb as it grows.
  • Blueberries: If you plant at least three different varieties, they’ll cross pollinate and ripen at different times to extend your picking season. Plus, they are easy to freeze and enjoy year-round.
  • Lettuce Greens: There are many different varieties to choose from! These greens grow in the spring and fall and making it super easy to eat your daily leafy greens.
  • Carrots: Another cool-weather crop that’s perfect for early spring or late fall in most locations.
  • Potatoes: This is a fun way for children to really dig in the dirt to find the fruits of their labor, and they grow really well in containers.
  • Summer Squash: Both zucchini and yellow squash are easy to grow and the plants are bountiful.

Looking for more family-friendly recipes and tips? Find easy meals and helpful resources here.

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Ann Dunaway Teh

Ann Dunaway Teh is a registered and licensed dietitian. She is the founder and president of Dunaway Dietetics Inc., a nutrition consulting business, and has more than 15 years of experience managing and consulting with school programs, athletes, individuals, restaurants and hospitals. Ann is the mother of two precocious children who keep her on her toes and inspire her to create kid-friendly recipes on My Menu Pal, a healthy meal planning resource designed to help families eat better together.