As a parent, your job is to teach your children about the world and give them the skills they need to succeed in life. And, of course, you try your best, but sometimes you best just doesn’t seem to be good enough.
For many parents a big worry is their children’s diets, many kids are fussy eaters and refuse to eat anything remotely green or healthy. The fruits and veggies they once loved to eat, they will no longer touch, instead choosing to munch on unhealthy snacks, like biscuits and sweets.
One of the best ways to encourage your children to eat healthy foods and try different fruits and flavors is by growing your own food at home with your child. If your child has spent time caring for and nurturing the fruit themselves, they are more likely to give it a try.
To help you encourage your child to eat healthier foods, the best thing you can do is grow your own yummy fruits at home. To help you with this, we have put together a simple guide to growing fruit at home, below:
Choosing what to grow
With so many different fruits to choose from, it can be hard to know what fruits to start off growing. However, as you are growing with the kids, ideally you want to choose to grow fruits that they like, fruits that are fun and fruits that are easy to grow.
You want to grow fruits that you know your children will eat or that you have a good chance of convincing them to eat.
When picking fruits to grow with your little ones, choose fruits that are easy to plant or sow, have largish seeds and germinate quickly. Kids will lose interest if growth takes too long. As you children will be helping to look after your fruit, it is a good idea to choose fruits that don’t require too much time or care.
Make it fun
To encourage your children to get involved in the fruit growing, it is important that you make it a fun and enjoyable activity.
You can make fruit growing fun by letting your child pick and decorate a pot or crate to grow your fruit in. You could also make fruit growing more interesting by helping your child to document the fruits growth in a notebook or photo diary.
Strawberries are a must
Of all the fruits available to grow, strawberries are an absolute must. Strawberries are tasty and delicious, and best of all, are quite easy and quick to grow.
Don’t make the mistake of attempting to grow your strawberries from seeds, your best bet for a successful yield is to grow your strawberries from strawberry plants. You can get these from any local garden center on even, an online gardening store.
Blueberries are ideal
Another ideal fruit for growing with children is blueberries. Blueberries are easy to grow, fun to look at (you don’t get many blue foods) and best of all, yummy to eat.
Just like strawberries, blueberries tend to grow better if brought as plants, instead of as seeds. To get blueberry bushes for your garden, all you need to do is head to your local garden center.