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Kids Growing Vegetables in School Garden

Summer Vegetables that Grow Easily In North Carolina

There are many great reasons to get kids involved in growing vegetables. Doing so teaches them about science, math and a variety of other subjects. Gardening is also a physical activity that gets kids outdoors and gets their hands in the dirt. Physical contact with nature can be a great way to balance  education enrichment with growing screen times. Learning to grow food is also fun and helps to build skills that make children feel more confident and capable.

Please sign up here to receive your free jump rope and water bottle. We will also share gardening tips throughout the summer.

Below are a list of vegetables that kids can grow easily in North Carolina


Harvested Okra

Ease of Growth:            3/5              ***          Somewhat  Simple

Yumminess Factor:       4/5              ****        Great (Especially When Fried!)

Growth Rate:                  2 Months

Grows Best In:                Full Sun

Grows In Container:      Yes

Bush Beans

Bush Beans

Ease of Growth:            3/5              ****         Somewhat Simple

Yumminess Factor:       4/5              ****        Great

Growth Rate:                  2 Months

Grows Best In:               Full Sun

Grows In Container       Yes


Red and Green Leaf Lettuce in Containers

Ease of Growth:            5/5              ****        Very Easy

Yumminess Factor:       4/5              ****        Great (Especially When Fried!)

Growth Rate:                  50 Days

Grows Best In:               Partial Sun

Grows In Container:       Yes

Bell Peppers

Green Peppers on Bush

Ease of Growth:            4/5              ****        Easy

Yumminess Factor:       4/5              ****        Superb

Growth Rate:                 50 Days

Grows Best In:             Full Sun (Best)

Grows In Container       Yes

Yellow Squash

crookneck squash

Ease of Growth:            4/5              ****        Easy

Yumminess Factor:       4/5              ****        Great

Growth Rate:                  50 Days

Grows Best In:               Full Sun

Grows In Container       Yes but likely needs to be trellised if space is a factor

For Any Questions, the Extension Gardener Handbook is a Great Resource for Beginning and Experienced Gardeners. Click The Link Below for more information

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North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook

This 21 chapter handbook covers research-based gardening information that helps readers be successful gardeners and good stewards of the environment. Chapter titles include: Soils and Plant Nutrients, Composting, Botany, Insects, …


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