A Vegetable Garden for Children


Sowing, watering,  removing weeds: you can basically let children do anything. But with precise jobs such as transplanting, they will need a little help. Because you have to take care to prevent such a tar plant from breaking. You can also choose, when the weather conditions are good,  to sow the seeds directly in the garden. After all, you don’t have to transplant the seedlings. Only then may it be necessary to thin the seedlings.  


Those who do not have a garden or outdoor space can also grow their own vegetables and herbs indoors. Annual herbs and sprouts are very suitable for children because they are easy and the children quickly see the results of their work.

Growing sprouts is very simple. There are several ways to do this. All you need is a seed, water, a flat tray, and something to cover the tray.

Growing sprouts in six simple steps:

  • Step 1: Soak the seeds overnight and rinse
  • Step 2: Place a layer of wet cotton wool or cotton in the container.
  • Step 3: Scatter the seeds over the tray
  • Step 4: Put the lid on the container and place it in a light place
  • Step 5: Keep the seeds moist.
  • Step 6: Harvest the sprouts when they are several inches tall

It can be even easier! Namely, by using ready-made sets like this pot. You buy the set with the pot and the seed mixture for, for example, salad mix, bean sprouts, or daikon and you can get started right away.


Make sure the children have their own garden. This can be part of the vegetable garden or, for example, a square meter garden. By giving them their own piece, you teach them to take responsibility for their vegetables and herbs.

The square meter garden is very suitable for children. This vegetable garden in a container with compartments has little trouble with weeds, takes up little space, can also be placed on the balcony, and looks nice. You can purchase the square meter garden as a building kit or make it yourself. 


Creating a square meter garden is very simple. All you need are some planks, screws, a saw, anti-root cloth, and soil. Follow the step-by-step plan: 

  • Screw the four planks together so that they form a container. You can strengthen the tray by using support beams to which you screw the planks. 
  • Cut a piece of root cloth to size, make sure it is slightly larger than the box itself and attach it to the bottom of the box. 
  • Turn the tray over and put it in place. Preferably place the tray in a place where the sun shines most of the day. 
  • Fill the container with (fertilized) soil and cover it with a layer of sowing soil. 
  • Divide the tray into 9 (or less) compartments. You can easily do this by stretching lines. 
  • Sow a vegetable, herb, or fruit of your choice in each box. Also, use the handy ready-made seed mats for this
  • Give water! 


Children like to see results quickly. Vegetables that are easy and quick to grow and therefore suitable for children are:

  • Cress
  • Radish
  • Pumpkin
  • Lettuce
  • East Indian Cherry
  • Cucumber herb


Vegetable gardening with children should be easy and fun. Complete starter sets are for sale, with which children can get started right away. For example, there are sets for strawberries, sunflowers, and tomatoes.

There is also ‘ Munakupp i ‘, a fun and educational gift. This is a stone bowl in the shape of, for example, a dog, cow, seal, or duck. Included is a coconut tablet – you dissolve this in water, after which you fill the container with it – and two seed bags for short or long ‘hair’ (basil or grass). After growing the ‘hair’, the children can of course ‘cut’ it and harvest it in a playful way.

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