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How to Get Your Kids Gardening

Gardening
Edible Gardening with Kids

Growing Food with Kids

Getting kids to enthusiastically eat their greens isn’t always a walk in the park, (let’s face it, it’s hard to make broccoli seem exciting next to a chicken nugget). Luckily, we’ve figured out a great way to pique your children’s interest in fresh vegetables: getting them set up with their very own food garden.

Kids are curious mini-scientists by nature, and they’re sure to get a kick out of the process of creating a garden and watching it develop day by day. Anything that can get kids outdoors, eating healthy, and eager to learn without the use of Wi-Fi or a tablet is good in my books.  

Edible Gardening with Kids Activities

Children’s Gardening Activities

Start by helping your child pick out some tools and equipment for their gardening project. A sense of ownership and a little creative control can really motivate kids and encourage them to work independently. When it’s their own special project, they’re inspired to make it the best it can be. Purchasing some trowels, gardening gloves, and decorative planters in their favourite colours is a great way to kick off their first, and hopefully not last, edible gardening endeavour.

If your child is an artsy type, set up some paints and craft supplies so they can decorate their planters. Stick a couple of googly eyes onto a terracotta pot, give it a snappy name, plant some seeds, and watch as Captain Majestic grows a lush head of leafy green hair as he sunbathes on the windowsill.

When you’ve decided on which vegetables your kids would like to try planning, get them to write out and decorate some plant labels, and attach them onto toothpicks to stick into each pot to keep things organized.   

Edible Gardening with Kids Seed Starting

Edible Gardening Ideas for Kids

Planting seeds in small cups and letting them sprout on the windowsill until they’re ready to make their way into the yard is a good way to get started earlier in the season with your edible gardening, while also increasing your chances of a successful yield. Each morning at breakfast, your family can check up on their little plants and track their growth. By the time they’re ready to get transplanted into the garden or a bigger pot in the yard, the kids will be brimming with anticipation.

When you plant your seeds, make sure you put two or three in each cup. This way, as they start to sprout, you can pick out the weaker ones and cultivate the strongest one. This can be particularly helpful if you have multiple kids who tend to get competitive, because if one child’s bean plant isn’t growing quite as well as the others, they might get a bit crabby.

When it’s time to transplant your seedlings, choose a designated area of the yard to be their own personal gardening zone. Help them set up their decorated planters on a sunny corner of the patio or assist them in digging up some holes in the garden to place their plants in. Remind them to be gentle when placing their plants into their new home, because if the roots get jostled too much it could cause some damage.  

Edible Gardening with Kids Vegetables

Fruits & Vegetables: Basics and Beginner Projects   

Some veggies are a little more low-maintenance and easier to cultivate than others. Here’s a list of viable options for a kid-friendly garden that will produce a sizeable amount of fresh food for your family to enjoy:

Green Beans: These really are the perfect starter vegetable for younger kids, since they grow quite fast. Plus, they don’t take up too much space, so you can grow them in containers or the garden – whatever floats your boat.

Peas: Really any type of pea will work (sweet pea, sugar snap). Peas grow quickly, and who can resist fresh picked peas! You may need to stake your plants, or allow them to grow in a hanging basket.

Tomatoes: Smaller varieties of tomatoes are also pretty quick to develop and the amount of food they produce is pretty impressive. Plus, they can be used in a lot of kid-approved meals, like pizza, spaghetti and nachos. If you end up with more tomatoes than you can manage to eat in time, encourage your child to bag some up and give them to friends and family. Trust me, if they’re anything like mine, they’ll love boasting about how they grew their own food.

Cucumbers: They aren’t too tricky to cultivate, and their mild flavour is a winner among fussy eaters who don’t like the bitterness of some raw veggies. Crack open a tub of dip and enjoy!

Radishes: Another fast grower, but with a zesty flavour that’s got just the right amount of spice for a kid to handle, radishes are a particular favourite among the younger crowd. Something about pulling out a radish from the soil to reveal a bright red clown nose evokes excitement in the most wholesome way.

Strawberries: Nothing beats fresh strawberries on a bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day! Your plants may not produce fruit the first year, but it is definitely worth the wait!

With our world creeping closer and closer to being run by technology and spending time indoors, getting our children interested and engaged with the world outdoors is as important as ever. It’s a great way to make sure they explore, develop, ask questions, and learn with us as we share something so important.

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Best EVER Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Recipe

This Pizza Dough will impress your fussiest dinner guests! Pizza is a quick, simple dish with endless possibilities.

Pizza has always been a huge hit in our house, mainly because of the versatility. This recipe was an experiment last summer when we had way too many tomatoes in the garden and I was desperately seeking ways to use them.

A basic pizza dough recipe requires water, eggs, flour & yeast. I substituted the water for crushed tomatoes and the recipe was born.

I use my own dehydrated jalapenos to add a little zest to the dough, but you don’t have to do this.

In the summer, I use fresh ingredients to make the flavors pop! 2 tomatoes will replace the 500ml jar of processed tomatoes, 1 diced jalapeno and as much or as little fresh, diced herbs as you like.

Pizza Dough
Best Ever Pizza Dough

The Best Way to Dress Your Best Ever Pizza Dough

Follow these simple steps to create your very own show-stopping pizza:

  1. Gently spread your sauce making sure to get right to the edge, but not on your crust.
  2. Liberally apply your cheese (I use a blend of cheeses) Your cheese should also go right to the edge.
  3. Have your toppings prepped and ready to go while your dough is rising.
  4. Chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms are all fairly standard pizza toppings, but you can get creative!

Pizza Variations

  • Meat lovers Pizza – diced ham, pepperoni, bacon
  • Rancher’s Choice – grilled chicken, bacon, onion, spinach. Use Ranch dressing in place of pizza sauce.
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – Bake dough for 10 minutes, spread garlic butter & cheese, bake for additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Best Ever Pizza Dough

Not just a bland, ordinary pizza dough. This one is full of flavor, texture & can be adapted to suit your taste.

  • 1 500 ml jar of processed tomatoes (drained of extra fluid)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Instant Rise Yeast
  • 2 tsp dehydrated jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Warm your oven by turning it on for about 5 minutes, then turn it off, keeping the door closed.

  2. In the food processor, add tomatoes & eggs, blend well.

  3. Add seasoning to the tomato, egg mixture

  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine tomato mixture, yeast & flour. Blend in all the flour to make a sticky dough

  5. Lightly dust the counter top with flour, turn out dough, scraping the bowl clean.

  6. Dust the dough with flour and begin kneading. Add more flour as you knead until the dough is no longer sticky and forms a ball.

  7. Oil a mental bowl and place dough ball smooth side down, then turn over to smooth side up.

  8. Cover with clean tea towel & place in warm over to rise (approximately 45 minutes)

  9. Prep your pizza toppings, including pizza sauce

  10. When dough has doubled in size, punch it down & turn onto lightly greased pizza pan.

  11. Using 2 hands, gentle shape dough to your pan, creating a crust around the edges.

  12. Place back in the warm oven for another 15 minutes to rest.

  13. Add sauce, cheese & toppings to your pizza

  14. Bake at 450 (F) for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted & crust is lightly toasted.

This is not your average Pizza Dough.  This dough is light and packed with flavor!  

Yield:

1 – 16″ pizza (regular crust)

OR

2 – 12″ pizza’s (thin crust)

You can substitute any seasonings to create a Greek flavor or even an Asian flare. The possibilities are endless! 

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