Who can grow tastier vegetables? The Daughters vs Dad Cook & Grow Challenge

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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I have to admit I often throw out messages to my kids that suggest I am better at them than something.

For instance: “I could beat you at basketball.” Or, “I can yell louder than you can.” To these, I expect, and often get, pushback from my kids.

But sometimes I just say things for the sake of saying them. Like: “I am going to grow a vegetable garden,” without any expectation of a retort.

Except, when I said “I am going to grow a vegetable garden,” my kids answered “fine, then we are too.”

So here we are, and now we launch the Daughters vs Dad Cook & Grow Challenge as part of the 2017 Scotts Gro Crew.

What does that even mean?

Basically, my daughters and I will both be growing our own vegetables. Then we’ll use those vegetables to make an epic meal. Then, their mom and my partner will eat and ultimately choose a winner.


For our gardens, since we have never had gardens before, we are setting up three raised bed gardens. We will each tend to one on our own and we will share the third in the spirit of good sportfolksship.

For our raised bed gardens we are going to be using Nature’s Care Organic Raised Bed Soil because it has been specifically formulated with rich organic matter and high-quality Root-Trients that help give your fruits, veggies and flowers what they need with no mixing required. We very much like the idea of being able to pick up one type of soil and adding it to our gardens. The simplicity of it is wonderful and it keeps the playing field even for our competition.

face-off dad and daughters

Once we have our carrots, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, and herbs planted, we’ll also both be using Nature’s Care® Organic & Natural Vegetable, Fruit & Flower Food which is the perfect food for the vegetables we are growing on the schedule we will be growing them on.

dad and daughter plant food

We are looking to grow:

  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • lettuce
  • herbs

The menus

So here they are, the menus we have planned with that list of vegetables and herbs.

Dad's menu

Mine is fairly basic, something I’m betting will benefit me in the long run. Guacamole, hamburgers, and carrot cake. A small menu that I can perfect. I considered momentarily using the carrot cake as the buns for the hamburger but got nervous and just moved it to the dessert portion of the meal.

Daughter's menu

Theirs deserves a few explanations. Well, maybe not zucchini sticks, those are obvious. A tomato house is the tomato version of a gingerbread house. Their creativity could pay off big here. A basic meal of hamburgers and salad is bolstered by their equally creative dessert. I don’t know what carrot pie is. But they seem to. Also worth noting, we will not be giving our two young kids full, unsupervised access to BBQs and stoves. Andrea will be the sous-chef for this team.

So there you have it. Follow along with us as we battle one another for family vegetable growing supremacy work together to build a garden that will yield us amazing vegetables and some great bonding time.

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