Free Gardening Fun with Kids
There are some groceries you should only have to buy a time or two, and then you can try to grow more in containers or in small plots in your yard. My son and I have fun watching little seeds or scraps from our supper sprout into another plant.
For seeds, take them and roll them up in a wet paper towel, placed in a clear bag, and set them in a sunny spot. Check them for sprouts often (some take longer than others) and plant when sprouted according to the needs to of the plant (google it). Pits need more water (soak them, them paper them) and time, but they also will sprout for you if you are patient.
These will hopefully be some nice watermelon vines. It only took them three days to sprout green arms. We enjoyed the melon together, then saved the seeds for sprouting using the wet towel and clear bag method. You can use this method with just about any seed. Try it and see how much you can grow; we enjoy the learning and experimenting with "free" seeds we want to try to sprout and plant.
These small trees have been slow growing; they are many months old lemon seeds. Looking forward to some fresh lemons in a couple years. It has been neat to watch them grow. My little lemon babies! Sprouted with a paper towel and bag from some locally grown lemons. Often with fruit trees, make sure to nurture more than one plant. Many trees will not produce fruit without a partner tree.
Pictured below are the bottoms of romaine hearts. Let just the bottoms of them rest in water. In a couple of days, they will have new growth from the center of the plant that will grow upward. Eat the leaves when they are ready and repeat.
These are potato plants grown from a failed rose propagation. I may not have gotten roses, but I got some nice spuds growing. Cut pieces that are buried may grow a new potato plant (although I am sure the root stimulant intended for the roses helped).
Many other items in your kitchen will re-sprout with a little nudge. I have regrown celery, iceberg lettuce, and romaine lettuce from scraps and water jars. With a little research, time, and application of general growing methods, you can make your bank of memories and money a little heavier by working on a scrap garden with your children. Prepping and cooking the healthy food together, sharing a meal, and then tending to the growing plant is a special way to teach your children about what we need to keep us healthy and "growing".