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What is the ideal vegetable garden for a family?
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