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Creative Vegetable Gardening with Kids

Give Them the Unusual and Surprise Them with Color!


Children and vegetables may not be a match made in heaven, but kids will love to vegetable garden if they grow these vegetables. We keep hearing that kids spend too much time indoors watching entertainment on a screen and eating junk food. The rate of overweight children and teens has nearly tripled in 20 years, increasing from 6% in from 1976 to 1980 to 16% from 1999 to 2000.*

Ease your kids into loving both vegetables and gardening by surprising them with the unexpected. Purple carrots and a tomato that masquerades as a pepper. Why not? And there's lots more where that came from.

*According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as reported by the Gallup Organization

Vegetable photos are courtesy of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and Territorial Seed Company

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Potatoes:  All BlueRed, White and BlueCauliflower 'Chedder'A Cauliflower That Doesn't Need a Cheese SauceTomato: Yellow MagicAn Edible BowlCorn:  Ruby QueenThis Ornamental Corn is Also Delicious
Beet:  ChioggiaSome Things Aren't As They SeemCarrot:  KaleidoscopeYou Can Plant a RainbowPurple Bean 'Royal Burgundy'Purple is the New GreenBean:  Italian RoseBeautiful as Italian Marble
Tomato 'Principe Borghese'Truly Sun Dried TomatoesCucumber 'Armenian'Dinosaur CucumbersPurple TomatilloA Garden FiestaEgyptian Walking OnionTake the Name Literally
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