Plant Activities for Kids


Taste Test Garden

Taste test the vegetables in your garden by harvesting one or two before the seed envelope instructions suggest. Use this taste test garden activity to learn more.

Try taking a bite, and see if they're already the way you like them -- extra crispy or fully ripe. How long you plant your vegetables is just a matter of taste!

What You'll Need:

  • Carrot or radish patch
  • Pad of paper
  • Pencil

How to Taste Test Your Garden:

Read your seed envelope instructions. Beginning about one week before your carrots or radishes are supposed to be ripe, pull a single sample and take a healthy bite (make sure you clean the dirt off and rinse the sample first).

How does it taste seven days early? Write it down. How about six days early? Five days early? And so on. When you plant your garden the next year, you'll know exactly how long it takes to grow the garden that you think tastes just right.

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