In Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, Sharon Lovejoy 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.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots is a delightful resource for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and mentors who wish to instill a love for gardening and nature in children ages 3 and up. In this book you’ll discover how to organize and build various types of ‘theme’ gardens, such as “The Pizza Patch,” “Sunflower House,” “Moon Garden,” and the “Garden of Giants.” Each garden section comes with complete instructions, space and soil requirements, seeds/seedlings needed, how to nurture and maintain the garden, as well as craft and activity ideas for enjoying the garden with children. I found the sun tea recipe, moth broth, preserving gourds, herbal remedies, making explorer kits, and the homemade pizza dough recipe especially appealing! Even if you don’t have children, you’ll find interesting garden and seed information, recipes, and fun things to share with guests, young and old.
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