Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

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Workman Publishing, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 159 pages
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Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. Author of Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages and Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, Sharon Lovejoy is a nationally known garden writer whose books, television specials, and projects at her learning landscape in California have introduced thousands of children to the pleasures of gardening.

In her newest book, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe -- seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step -- and activities. There's the Pizza Patch , a giant-size wheel garden planted in "slices" of tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil. A Flowery Maze to get lost in. A Moon Garden of night-blooming flowers, including a moonflower tent. And Mother Nature's Medicine Chest.

Discovery Walks teach kids how the gardens work, and a chapter on gardening basics includes a child-friendly 10-Minute Plan for planting and maintenance, plus a list of the top 20 plants guaranteed to make gardeners out of kids.
 

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Review: Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

User Review  - Teshamae - Goodreads

This is a fantastic book that will spark your imagination. Shape a garden like a pizza and plant zucchini and various herbs in each pizza slice! Grow a living maze. Have a moon garden. And more. I love her tips. You can tell she's an experienced gardener. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Heise - Goodreads

While this book is full of interesting ideas for gardening for/with children, they are pretty elaborate. In fact, some of them seem to have suffered by contact with magazine layouts. While I'm pretty ... Read full review

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Contents

TOP 20 PLANTS FOR KIDS
1
THE PIZZA PATCH
13
Container Gardens
39
MOON GARDEN
69
MOTHERS NATURES MEDICINE CHEST
109
ZUNI WAFFLE GARDEN
119
How to Plan Plant Care for Your Garden
133
Appendix
151
Resources
153
Bibliography
158
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About the author (1999)

Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

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