Children are more enthusiastic and connected to their food when given the opportunity to get hands-on. A fresh way to cultivate excitement in your little one is by helping her nurture her own homegrown veggies through each phase of the growth cycle — from seedling to dinner plate.

Be it a tiny herb garden on your windowsill or a large plot in the backyard — whether you live in the city, country or somewhere in between — there is a garden for every lifestyle.

 

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    • Pumpkins are fun to grow! Have you heard of pumpkin-growing contests where the winning entries can weigh hundreds (or even thousands) of pounds? Those pumpkins would make some pretty BIG pies for Thanksgiving! :-)

    • HOORAY, we’re so excited you’re thinking of growing some cucumbers, Madelyn! We bet you’ll have a green thumb in no time! :)

      We recommend you talk to an adult or family member about planting your cucumber seeds– together you can decide when it’s the right time to start! Check out this cool site from the University of Illinois: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/firstgarden/fundamentals/index.cfm This will be a great place to start! :)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • What is it like to grow your own food?
  • How can you have a garden if you don’t have a backyard?
  • Do veggies from your own garden taste better?

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Ever find your sweet pea turning up her nose at vegetables when dinnertime rolls around? Well, it’s time to get growing!

Growing fruits and vegetables as a family is the perfect way to engage your child in her nutritional choices and encourage her to sprout a lifelong appreciation for the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.

Need some inspiration? Visit The New York Botanical Garden’s The Edible Garden — the inspiration for this Wonder of the Day — for helpful tips on how to help your family’s kitchen garden take root.

What are you waiting for? Grab a shovel! Grab a fork! Dig in!

 

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