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Growing food ‘encourages vegetable eating in kids’
It seems that gardening could be a great healthy living hobby for the kids to do.
The National Gardening Association’s Susan Littlefield recently suggested that taking part in the growing of food could encourage the kids to try new fruit and veg.
“Food gardening encourages children to eat more vegetables and fruits and try new ones,” she said, “they are much more adventurous when they are trying vegetables and fruits they have grown themselves.”
Kids whose eating tastes have been broadened by gardening may well find these tastes are of nutritional benefit, she suggested.
On top of this, gardening represents a creative and relaxing opportunity for grown ups and young people to interact with each other and enjoy a fun time.
Getting youngsters into the activity provides a good opportunity for encouraging them to take part in “some healthy outdoor activity” she said.
It is also good for encouraging them to have a feeling of achievement after their efforts are rewarded with the likes of flowers or vegetables, she suggested.
It would help kids connect with nature and mean they had an increased awareness about how important it is to protect to environment.
Newcomers to produce growing will want to try growing the easiest veg they can, according to Amateur Gardening magazine’s Tim Rumball.
“One of the easiest things is salad leaves,” he said, adding that it was possible to grow these using a large pot.
“They grow very quickly; within six weeks you can be cutting leaves and picking them for a nice, fresh salad. It is fantastic – you can do a posh, chefy salad. That is terrific fun,” he added.
He also said that runner beans and French beans were easy for people to grow, and also recommended rhubarb to new produce growers.
After people have planted a rhubarb crown, he advised, this would continue producing over the years without needing much maintenance at all.
So why not use the fact that we are now in April as a reason to look into doing a spot of growing outside?
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