I've done pretty much no gardening in the past few years. Chronic disease, babies, new home... I had a lot going on.
But now our first son is old enough to find plants interesting, so it's like a whole new world!!!
Simple is good when you're a mother of two little boys, and simple is good for toddlers. So we're doing potted tomatoes. Yay container gardening!
I had him help me get the old (REALLY old!) soil out of the pots, fill them with new soil, and then plant and water the tomatoes. He's very involved and a great helper, so he happily wielded his own little plastic shovel and gleefully buried the plants up to their necks in dirt.
It's such a wonderful teaching opportunity! I've told him about where food comes from, but now he'll experience the process. He'll get to pluck a cherry tomato and eat it right there in our back yard!
I stuck with two "patio" tomato plants and a super sweet one million, which I've successfully grown in pots before. I ordered them through the food coop, which I much prefer to store-bought seedlings.
Since he can't read yet, I made special plant markers: the plants that will grow the slicing tomatoes are marked with a big red "tomato" dot, and the one that will grow cherry tomatoes is marked with a cluster of little "tomato" dots.