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Book Image 101 Kid-Friendly Plants: Fun Plants and Family Garden Projects
by Cindy Krezel

Families looking to enrich their green thumbs while beautifying their homes will enjoy this comprehensive guide to indoor and outdoor gardening using nontoxic flowers, vegetables, trees, and houseplants. Sorted by type—plants from seed, bulbs, annuals, perennials, fruiting trees, and sensory plants—each plant is thoroughly explained and easy to identify using color photographs. Details such as the flora’s preferred habit and why a particular plant is good for kids are included along with suggestions for use in the garden. Seventeen gardening projects illustrate a variety of creative and fun ways for children and parents to plant together, including butterfly gardens, herb pots, hanging baskets, rock gardens, and cutting gardens.

Book Image Best of Organic Gardening: Over 50 Years of Organic Advice and Reader_Proven Techniques from America's Best_Loved Gardening Magazine, The
by Mike McGrath.

Book Image Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes
by Rosalind Creasy

Writing with her usual liveliness and enthusiasm, top gardening authority Rosalind Creasy tells young gardeners all they need to know in order to grow a whole cornucopia of fruits and vegetables in unexpected colors. In the first section of the book, readers will find simple guidelines for planning a garden and ordering seeds; preparing the soil and planting; feeding, watering, and weeding; and dealing with garden pests without using poison. The second section provides detailed instructions for growing eight different rainbow crops, from purple string beans to yellow watermelon, and even includes a delicious, easy-to-make recipe for each one. Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations make it simple for kids to identify the seeds, roots, flowers, leaves, and fruits of the plants -- and just like a real garden, hers is alive with birds, insects, and other animals.

Book Image Book of Outdoor Gardening, The
by Sara Godwin.
The editors of the Smith & Hawken catalog have put together an excellent introduction to the art, practice, and enjoyment of gardening that will be of use to experienced gardeners and novice tillers alike. Like the catalog from which it springs, the book sometimes manages to be trendy and breathlessly traditional at the same time. But the prose is lively, the illustrations exact, and the photographs pleasing, and the book will look as good on your coffee table as it will propped up next to your hydrangeas. On second thought, better get two: the hardback for the coffee table and the soft cover for the garden.

Book Image Burpee Complete Gardener : A Comprehensive, Up-To-Date, Fully Illustrated Reference for Gardeners at All Levels
by Maureen Heffernan, Chela Kleiber, Holly H. Shimizu, Barbara Ellis, Allan M. Armitage
W. Atlee Burpee & Co., supplier of flower and vegetable seeds for more than 120 years, now provides a comprehensive guide to gardening with Burpee Complete Gardener. The book gives a wide range of information, covering such topics as starting and designing a garden; dealing with climate, soil, lighting, mulching, fertilizing, and watering; making compost; and controlling weeds. The best part, though, is the more than 420 descriptions (most with color photographs) of annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, vegetables, herbs, ground covers, and vines. There are also excellent sections on the proper tools and equipment, controlling pest and disease problems, and the questions most asked by gardeners (divided into categories for easy reference), as well as a season-by-season guide to garden maintenance. Along with the photographs, the book includes many instructional drawings along with neat pictures of Burpee catalogs and seed packets dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The latter provide a touch of personality and charm that, unfortunately, the book otherwise lacks. That minor complaint aside, Burpee Complete Gardener is a solid work that offers handy information for all, but especially beginning, gardeners. --Andy Boynton

Book Image Burpee Seed Starter: A Guide to Growing Flower, Vegetable, and Herb Seeds Indoors and Outdoors
by Maureen Heffernan.

For more than a century, Burpee has been a household name for vegetable and flower seeds. Now, the basics of seed-starting popular annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs can be found in one easy-to-use volume. In addition to the extensive encyclopedia of seed-starting organized by plant, there is information on sowing indoors and outdoors, thinning, transplanting, troubleshooting and much more. Peppered throughout are tips on frost free dates, purchasing seed, seed viability and different equipment available to help the home gardener plant seed. Extensive appendices include information on average first and last frost dates, planting charts and seeds that need light to germinate. Maureen Heffernan is the Director of Public Programs at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. She was the leading contributor for the Burpee Complete Gardener.

Book Image Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener: A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically
by Karan Davis Cutler.
Burpee has created a truly encyclopedic, but non-intimidating, guide to organic vegetable gardening that can be used and appreciated by anyone, whether or not they've ever stuck a seed in the ground. All the essential information is here--how to condition the soil, how and where to plant, sprouting schedules, what kind of yield to expect from each plant variety, and harvesting tips--in beautiful, bountiful, illustrated detail; the book's largest section, "Plant Portraits," contains explanations of the many cultivars of each vegetable and herb. If you're a novice vegetable gardener or new to organic gardening and can only afford one gardening guide, this may be your best value.

Book Image Children's Kitchen Garden : A Book of Gardening, Cooking, and Learning, The
At the East Bay French-American School in Berkeley, California, the students and teachers grow a garden of delicious herbs and vegetables. Their curriculum includes tasting, cooking, and eating the harvest to establish a connection between the earth and daily life. This well-put-together book teaches even gardening novices how to do it, too. The book features colorful line drawings, photographs of the kids in action, delicious recipes that even five-year-olds can help prepare, and great little sidebars on subjects as diverse as "Composting," "How Flowers Drink," and how to hold a "First Sprout Party."

Book Image Flower Press

This flower press is both charming and functional to press flowers and foliage. Strong plywood frames are held in place with screws with herb and flower designs laminated on the top for protection. Has 5 layers of cardboard dividers and blotting papers. 5 1.75 inches x 5 .75 inches .

Book Image From Seed to Plant
by Gail Gibbons.

Book Image Gardening With Pooh : Cheerful Poems Plus Planting Pointers

Book Image Gardening Wizardry for Kids

This illustrated book presents approximately 300 fascinating plant-growing projects that can be performed in spaces as small as a window-sill garden. Includes canvas garden belt with tools.

Book Image Kids Garden!: The Anytime, Anyplace Guide to Sowing & Growing Fun
by Avery Hart.

Book Image Linnea's Windowsill Garden
by Christina Bjork.

Book Image Magic School Bus Plants Seeds : A Book About How Living Things Grow, The
by Joanna Cole

Book Image Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
by George Levenson, Shmuel Thaler (Illustrator)

Pumpkin seedlings grow, sprout, bud, and bloom, offering up their golden fruit, then break down into rich soil from which seeds sprout again—a circle without end.

Book Image Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening

Out of print, but worth getting your hands on a copy. Available used at Amazon.

Book Image Rodale's Weekend Gardener: Create a Low_Maintenance Landscape to Enjoy Year-Round
by Erin Hynes

Out of print. Available used at Amazon.

Book Image Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots : Gardening Together With Children
by Sharon Lovejoy.
Green thumbs and non-green thumbs alike will fall in love with Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, a remarkably fun and informative introduction to the wonderful world of gardening--and more specifically, gardening with children. Learn how to make everything from a pizza garden (pizza-pie-shaped, with herbs and vegetables for a fabulous pizza at harvest time), to a sunflower house (a secret hideaway with stately sunflowers and lovely creeping morning glories), to a moon garden ("Fragrance is the color of night"). Chock full of helpful hints, clever and artistic touches, and intriguing "recipes" (Moth Broth and Compost Sandwich, to name a few), this idea book will spark creativity and a lifelong fascination with gardening. Nine concepts for theme gardens are presented in a clearly defined yet non-rigid manner that is just right for encouraging young gardeners. Sharon Lovejoy, award-winning author and illustrator of several gardening books, including Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, has a true knack for working with all kinds of living things, including children. She understands how quickly young people will be turned off by inflexible rules, and instead encourages budding green thumbs to experiment and explore, while providing them with useful guidelines and helpful information. Wonderfully earthy watercolors make this cozy book even more welcoming. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

Book Image Seed Is a Promise, A
by Claire Merrill

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