While getting a harvest wasn’t part of the goals set out by the mini series of articles, I thought I’d share some pictures of our harvest. I always consider any kind of harvest as “bonus” when gardening with kids. It isn’t the point of the project, but it is fun when a batch of kids can manage to get to a crop of some kind. They are always so proud of themselves!
The church daycare kids harvested their beans and radishes and we had a good time preparing them and eating them. Back here at the home garden, we did the same only the harvest was petunia blossoms and beans.
I like to just use school safety scissors with young kids for harvesting. The scissors are less than a dollar, you can find them anywhere, the kids get practice with fine motor skills, and it helps keep them from destroying the plants by accident. Just a little snip will get the item off.
Granted, mine sometimes performs “plant haircuts” as well as “harvesting,” but it is her garden and so long as she leaves my kitchen garden “haircut free” all is good.
We got a bowl full of green beans from her little 4×4 ft square foot garden box. The beans were nice and straight, had a good mellow flavor, and were easy to tend both at home at church. All the kids said they’d want to grow those again. My family agreed with them.
So I would reccommend planting Burpee’s Bush Bean Bush Blue Lake 47 with kids in this climate. Seed Savers Empress Beans were also a nice bush bean type with good flavor, but I had more trouble keeping it bean mosaic free than the Burpee. Save that for the adult kitchen garden.
I got invited to help set up another children’s urban garden later this year for a charity group — so I’m excited to be planning another square foot adventure for a fresh batch of kids!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the mini SFG series and you are all off planting your own now. Remember, you can always check the Orange County Extension office or the Seminole County Extension office for extra plant help if you run into trouble.
Or drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you with your SFG. Happy growing!
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