A snacking garden takes some time to prepare, and it may not last all summer. You see, this is a part of your garden you set up for the kids to enjoy.
Plant foods that will be easy for your kids to pick and enjoy. Cherry tomatoes, string beans, snap peas, grapes… whatever they might enjoy. Fruit trees are another good choice.
The key here is communication about which plants they can freely snack from. If you want to reserve some areas for your kitchen, let the kids know. My kids love to snack on basil, for example. I love my fresh basil, but if I left it to my kids, I wouldn’t have any available for use with meals. They’d pick the leaves much too fast for the plants to cope. It’s one of the plants we talk about how much they’re allowed to take from it.
I also love the snacking garden for how it teaches the kids about the plants in the garden. They’re quick to learn what each is, and especially that some plants are absolutely not edible. They get a nice connection with some of their food. They also learn how to keep an eye on the health of the garden. By the way, weeding is a great kid chore that can go along with having a snacking garden.