Posted on 23 April 2013.
New MG Kate from Herne Hill typed up the collated advice from the group to a family, a certain Homer and Marge Simpson, 5 in household, 3 under 16
‘Our kids don’t like vegetables so it hasn’t been worth growing anything’
Grow something attractive and fun; immediately eatable like cherry tomatoes, sugar snaps, peas in a pod.
Go for quick germinators like beans and squash.
Engage the kids by having growing competitions – could be biggest or funniest shape carrot, biggest potato, longest bean, including tallest sunflower. Go for bright colours and funny shapes. Do a bit of companion planting with some flowers in with the veg for this.
Involve kids in stages of plant growth – which seed will germinate first?
Show and tell at school.
‘Deciding what will save us money and the kids will like to eat’
Think about what your favourite foods are and how you can adapt them with home grown produce to save money – pizza is a good one.
What fruits do they like or have they tried? Strawberries are usually a popular one. Can juice fruits with some veg if the kids don’t think they like them! Cook fruit into compotes to add to yoghurts or ice cream.
Let the kids choose what to grow – they might feel more encouraged to try eating something if they have grown it themselves.
How can you convert or add fruit and veg to established favourites? Disguise veg as chips, pizzas, kale crisps; bake thinly sliced potatoes, parsnips, carrots, kale, to make delicious vegetable crisps. Courgette ‘pasta’. Soups can use up lots of root veg.
‘To cook a meal for our family with food that we’ve grown together’
Grow, cook and eat it! Send them some recipe resources to give new ideas about how to use the veg they’ve grown.
Get the whole family involved – kids can each have their own plants so everyone contributes to the meal.