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Easy Plants for Kids to Grow

Kids love to watch things grow. Here's a list of easy-to-grow plants that will flourish in their garden.

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Photo: Photo by Lori Johnston

The Criteria for Plant Selection

In order to get kids to enjoy gardening, a few considerations should be made when selecting plants. They should germinate quickly to keep those short attention spans occupied, produce a crop quickly and require minimum maintenance other than watering and feeding. Luckily, there are many plants that fit these criteria.

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Photo: Image courtesy of W. Altee Burpee & Co.

Snap Peas

Snap peas are a quick-growing early crop. It's fun for kids to eat these sweet pods right off the vine. They germinate in 10 days are ready to eat in less than 2 months. 

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These sunny flowers are a must for a child's garden. The seeds germinate in a week and the large varieties will be taller that your child by the end of the summer. Image courtesy of Bren Haas

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Radishes are super fast growers. They are harvestable in less than a month! Kids love to see the little red globes popping out of the soil.

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