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What is the ideal vegetable garden for a family?

Updated on March 3, 2008

Well in my experiences raising my childen in sunny California, we grew green beans in a TeePee form..just using wooden or bamboo sticks... in at least a 6 foot circle. then dig a trendge around the outside leaving a opening (so the kids can go inside to hide) and plant the seeds. the plants will grow up the poles to the top with a bit of your loving care and guidence..and that is when the children have the most fun going inside. The green beans are plentiful..good to eat raw...while hiding.and can be canned or frozen.

Another fun one is pumpkins..when they are small you can go carve your name in them and watch it grow bigger and bigger untill one day it is all orange and ready to pick..Thing about this though it takes a while.

Also peas are a great one to plant....we put up stakes in a row about 6 ft.long and 4-5 ft. apart...run strings up and down from top to bottom and you can run them across to each other over the top...making a tunnel. Again planting the seeds on the outside of your structure..And they also produce plenty of peas. The work comes in picking them and getting the peas out of the pods. Here again they can be frozen or canned.

Radishes are fast and fun for children to see..so is lettuce in a pot or an old wagon..even I have used an old wheelbarrow. Kids love to eat what they grow. Carrots take a while...but zucchini is fairly fast and can get really huge...not so good for eating though when huge.

Tomatoes are fun also..there are many varieties...cherry tomatoes the kids especially like...Sunflowers are really good and you can use the seeds for yourself or feed the birds in the winter...they will even help plant seeds...hee hee

Oh not to forget potaoes...they are also fun and very rewarding..although remember not to wash them to remove the dirt or they go bad very fast. Simply let them sit in the sun till the dirt dries and just give them a dusting. the children love to dig and see who gets the biggest one. Straw helps keep them warm.

Strawberries are another good item to grow...colorful, tasty and so sweet. You can can jams or make strawberry shortcake, ice cream,yumm I love strawberries.

Have fun my dear and let me know how it goes and what you do plant. G-Ma :o) hugs

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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Beverly...Thank You for activating this OLD hub...It was really fun when we did that with the beans...the kids loved it...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Beverly Stevens 

      7 years ago from College Station

      Nice hub! Thanks for the tee pee idea and the information about the potatoes.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I just wish I could still do all this and YES it is a wonderful way to time with your children...they learn so much...Thanks for the comment...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      oliversmum 

      8 years ago from australia

      G-Ma johnson. Hi. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your vegetable garden, it has great ideas and information.

      Our family including our Grandchildren help with our small Fruit and Vegetable garden, It is a great hobby that we can all share.

      Thank you for some wonderful ideas. :) :)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thank you both Abhinaya and C.S. Alexis...was a lot of fun and edible hee hee

      G-Ma :o) hugs

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      C.S.Alexis 

      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      G-Ma, this was a nice one for family fun. Love to see how a garden can unite people, awesome! Mother Earth knows how to keep our attention! Thank you much. C.S.

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Great hub G-Ma.Just that strawberries don't grow in Southern India...all the others do and what a way to keep the family together and happy. :)Thanks for sharing.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Singingmommy I hope it helped and gave you a few ideas.We always had fun with a garden..and I am sure there are many more out there to give you more cool ideas.  As always G-Ma :o) hugs

      And..vreccc glad to be of help..yes I too lost many from wanting them clean..but even when you buy them they have dirt..so best to wait till you are ready to consume them to enjoy...yummm  G-ma :o)

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      G-ma,

      Thanks for the tips about not washing the potatoes until you use them. Did not know that. No wonder I throw away a lot of potatoes

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      Candace Green 

      10 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks so much for the info and great ideas. My children are huge fans of fresh produce, so I thought growing our own garden would be a great work ethic and learning experience for them. Blessings!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      you are a quick one Mr.Marmalade..It was a request hub and the first one I have done..it was fun..and thank you for your comment my dear G-Ma :o) hugs

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      We eat lots of fruit and veetables.

      Got frightened a short time ago as most of five sone do not eat the strawberries.

      Oh sadness!

      Doctor told me straberries are good and so are avocados, do not swallow

      those big pips.

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