Hot Best Seller

Roots, Shoots, Buckets Boots: Gardening Together with Children

Availability: Ready to download

Pizza Patches & Bean Tunnels: Kids' Garden Projects to Cultivate Wonder Here are 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together, connecting children to nature through gardening. Each project includes a plan and the planting recipe--as well as a "Discovery Walk," activities and crafts to make with what you grow. And each is il Pizza Patches & Bean Tunnels: Kids' Garden Projects to Cultivate Wonder Here are 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together, connecting children to nature through gardening. Each project includes a plan and the planting recipe--as well as a "Discovery Walk," activities and crafts to make with what you grow. And each is illustrated with author Sharon Lovejoy's lyrical watercolors. 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.


Compare

Pizza Patches & Bean Tunnels: Kids' Garden Projects to Cultivate Wonder Here are 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together, connecting children to nature through gardening. Each project includes a plan and the planting recipe--as well as a "Discovery Walk," activities and crafts to make with what you grow. And each is il Pizza Patches & Bean Tunnels: Kids' Garden Projects to Cultivate Wonder Here are 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together, connecting children to nature through gardening. Each project includes a plan and the planting recipe--as well as a "Discovery Walk," activities and crafts to make with what you grow. And each is illustrated with author Sharon Lovejoy's lyrical watercolors. 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.

30 review for Roots, Shoots, Buckets Boots: Gardening Together with Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judy Monchuk

    What a delight! This guidebook to gardening is filled with colourful illustrations, lots of information and fascinating ideas for themed plots, planters and activities for parents and kids to do together. For example, create a pizza patch in the shape of a pizza pie, with garden “slices” for herbs, vegetables and tomatoes. The book even includes directions for a harvest pizza party and a recipe for dough. There is a lot of trivia and enthusiasm here: from bees and bugs to how to create carrot pe What a delight! This guidebook to gardening is filled with colourful illustrations, lots of information and fascinating ideas for themed plots, planters and activities for parents and kids to do together. For example, create a pizza patch in the shape of a pizza pie, with garden “slices” for herbs, vegetables and tomatoes. The book even includes directions for a harvest pizza party and a recipe for dough. There is a lot of trivia and enthusiasm here: from bees and bugs to how to create carrot people. Although this is clearly not designed for a Western Canada climate, it certainly makes the concept of a garden more fun and less daunting for novice gardeners looking for inspiration. Not sure it will transform my black thumb, but it’s a whole bunch of intellectual mulch to make the process less disheartening.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    The happiest little book! Nine practical and detailed garden plans/layouts plus lots of other creative ideas for gardening with young children (sunflower house, bean pole teepee, moon garden, pizza garden, etc.) Loved the whimsical illustrations and poems throughout.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    This is a lovely, magical book with delightful illustrations and fantastic ideas. The problem is that most of the plans are large scale (like creating a sunflower house on a 10x10 ft plot). There are a few container garden ideas, but these occupy a fraction of the book. Lovejoy also offers some creative follow-up projects with the harvest, like making sunflower wreaths or birdhouses from dried gourds. A few of these I'll try, the rest of the book was too complicated and unrealistic, unless one h This is a lovely, magical book with delightful illustrations and fantastic ideas. The problem is that most of the plans are large scale (like creating a sunflower house on a 10x10 ft plot). There are a few container garden ideas, but these occupy a fraction of the book. Lovejoy also offers some creative follow-up projects with the harvest, like making sunflower wreaths or birdhouses from dried gourds. A few of these I'll try, the rest of the book was too complicated and unrealistic, unless one has considerable talent and ambition.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Oh, how I love this book! Sweet projects, fun illustrations, sidebars and trivia, tidbits and kid-friendly suggestions. I'm going to plant a sunflower house in the front yard this summer, and expand the edible garden by putting beans in the front yard where we have a chain link fence, just because. Never considered growing gourds before, but just might for crafting. I learned a few herbal recipes that were new to me. I could hug this book. Thanks Sarah! Oh, how I love this book! Sweet projects, fun illustrations, sidebars and trivia, tidbits and kid-friendly suggestions. I'm going to plant a sunflower house in the front yard this summer, and expand the edible garden by putting beans in the front yard where we have a chain link fence, just because. Never considered growing gourds before, but just might for crafting. I learned a few herbal recipes that were new to me. I could hug this book. Thanks Sarah!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ana Lisa

    Now that i have a little guy and the weather is warming, I have really gotten excited about spending time outside and discovering the world with John. I cant wait to watch bugs and play in the garden. This book has a lot of fun ideas of gardening with kids. There are a ton of garden layouts and plants to choose from. I cant wait to plant some bean teepees and see john playing in them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    What a DARLING, DARLING, DARLING book for children about gardening! The pages were split into two columns full of great information, lot's of beautiful illustrations, and fun little facts thrown on each page. If there is any book that is fun for adults, gets children excited to garden this is the book to read, and together. This is a book that I would buy for sure! What a DARLING, DARLING, DARLING book for children about gardening! The pages were split into two columns full of great information, lot's of beautiful illustrations, and fun little facts thrown on each page. If there is any book that is fun for adults, gets children excited to garden this is the book to read, and together. This is a book that I would buy for sure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    One of the most whimsical and delightful gardening books for children! Lovejoy stimulates the imagination of both the young and old and make all want to dig in! A must read for anyone that wants to spread the love of gardening to children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Awesome ideas and inspiration

  9. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    So cute, great ideas for young and young at heart! I will be planting my sunflower house soon 😉

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linnae

    A primer on gardening with kids! Nine themed gardens to plant with your children, including a circular pizza garden (sectioned into slices, of course), a "snacking and sipping" garden, a moon garden, a garden of giants, and more! For each garden, she includes specific measurements, plant lists, and even recipes or craft projects to do along with the theme. She also includes a chapter on Top 20 Plants for Kids, a section on gardening basics, and a Resources list for ordering supplies. The themed ga A primer on gardening with kids! Nine themed gardens to plant with your children, including a circular pizza garden (sectioned into slices, of course), a "snacking and sipping" garden, a moon garden, a garden of giants, and more! For each garden, she includes specific measurements, plant lists, and even recipes or craft projects to do along with the theme. She also includes a chapter on Top 20 Plants for Kids, a section on gardening basics, and a Resources list for ordering supplies. The themed gardens all require quite a bit of space, but that's the beauty of the Top 20 Plants list. If you don't have much room, but still want to put in a few things for the kiddos, turn to the list. You will find not only vegetables, but also plants to touch and smell and taste, along with plants that have flowers or seedpods or other features just right for kid craft projects or fairy houses. Come on over to my blog for more gardening and more book reviews! www.ofbooksandblooms.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Good and very inspiring. The only two drawbacks for me were that 1) the plants and ideas are better for temperate climates, not hot south Florida, and 2) from experience, I know this would take a lot of dedication or all you end up with is a big mess. I still want to get back to gardening with our children again, but I have to be careful to not do more than we can manage on a regular basis. That said, it is super inspiring for when you have grandchildren... what a peaceful way to connect with th Good and very inspiring. The only two drawbacks for me were that 1) the plants and ideas are better for temperate climates, not hot south Florida, and 2) from experience, I know this would take a lot of dedication or all you end up with is a big mess. I still want to get back to gardening with our children again, but I have to be careful to not do more than we can manage on a regular basis. That said, it is super inspiring for when you have grandchildren... what a peaceful way to connect with them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liberty Reads

    I’ve been thumbing my way through this playful and engaging gardening book geared towards parents with small children. I don’t live in a space where we can do much besides container gardening but this lightens my heart with the hope of “someday gardens” with my children. Ideas for a pizza topping themed garden, a moon garden, a sunflower house, and more seem achievable with the practical set up and explanations in this book. Highly recommended for families with young children anxious to have gre I’ve been thumbing my way through this playful and engaging gardening book geared towards parents with small children. I don’t live in a space where we can do much besides container gardening but this lightens my heart with the hope of “someday gardens” with my children. Ideas for a pizza topping themed garden, a moon garden, a sunflower house, and more seem achievable with the practical set up and explanations in this book. Highly recommended for families with young children anxious to have green thumbs.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Vryhof

    The illustrations are adorable! They almost scared me off because I don't tend to enjoy illustrated books that aren't children's picture books, but these were clear and enhanced, rather than distracted from, the information being presented. There was so much good information and fun ideas in this book. The only thing I would take even a half star away for is the sheer scale of some of the ideas. An 18 x 18 foot garden plan is pretty ambitious for a lot of people gardening with kids! This is one The illustrations are adorable! They almost scared me off because I don't tend to enjoy illustrated books that aren't children's picture books, but these were clear and enhanced, rather than distracted from, the information being presented. There was so much good information and fun ideas in this book. The only thing I would take even a half star away for is the sheer scale of some of the ideas. An 18 x 18 foot garden plan is pretty ambitious for a lot of people gardening with kids! This is one book I'd love to have on my shelf, just to remind me to keep the joy and adventure in gardening.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Adorable illustrated book about gardening with children. The book presents plants that are great for children, as well as themed gardens and gardening activities. My only complaint that some of the gardens require *huge* blocks of land (50-, 100-, 225-square feet); I would love to see more ways to make good use of small spaces.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diana Toole

    This was really a delightful book. Full of great garden ideas and with cute pictures and poems to go along with them. However, it really lacked in giving advice to people who don't have much sun in their yard. Shade was simply never an option talked about. And our yard is 98% shaded. But we hopefully will be able to use the container ideas that were presented, and there were some good ones! This was really a delightful book. Full of great garden ideas and with cute pictures and poems to go along with them. However, it really lacked in giving advice to people who don't have much sun in their yard. Shade was simply never an option talked about. And our yard is 98% shaded. But we hopefully will be able to use the container ideas that were presented, and there were some good ones!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Lots of great ideas and fun things for kids—mazes, pizza topping, sunflower house etc.. My favorite chapter is the top 20 things to grow. I wish there was a chapter for small city garden plots—or specifically container gardens but loved the illustrations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Fun read with lots of great ideas!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    great advice for fun ways to dig in the dirt with the family - ideas for year after year!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    This book has so many creative and charming outdoor gardening ideas to share with kids. I can't wait to try some of them! For instance, I really want a moon flower teepee about now. This book has so many creative and charming outdoor gardening ideas to share with kids. I can't wait to try some of them! For instance, I really want a moon flower teepee about now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Excellent book for anyone who loves gardens and children! So many cute types of gardens to make, with very clear instructions about how to make them. Highly recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patch405 (Shannon Barghols)

    I have owned this book for 15+ years. It is a visual treat. It inspired many of my garden ideas while living in Seattle - when my kids were young. It is a treasured favorite.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Kundel-Gower

    Beautiful, fun, practical.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is a cute gardening book for kids.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    some great ideas for kid gardens - very practical and with a wide range of abilities and gardens.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Kotas

    Super cute book, lots of fun ideas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Tomlinson

    A beautiful book with fun ideas.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lusk

    Fantastic fun book with great ideas for gardening with kids. Highly recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I can't wait to start planting some of the ideas in this book. I loved this book with all the adorable illustrations. It's one I'm going to write notes in, add pictures to and hand down. I can't wait to start planting some of the ideas in this book. I loved this book with all the adorable illustrations. It's one I'm going to write notes in, add pictures to and hand down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rose Smith

    We are going to try making the sunflower house! I’m excited. Love this book. Hopefully I can actually grow some of the projects 😌

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Gonzalez

    Just in case gardening with kids isn't exciting enough all on its own, Sharon Lovejoy takes it to a whole new level. This attractive, well-organized volume opens with a "top twenty" list of easy, fast-growing plants for kids, and quickly moves on to a smorgasbord of gardening inspiration. There are eight full-scale themed gardens, the most ambitious of which are play spaces: a clubhouse made entirely from sunflowers, string, and morning glories; a nighttime teepee sown with flowers that bloom on Just in case gardening with kids isn't exciting enough all on its own, Sharon Lovejoy takes it to a whole new level. This attractive, well-organized volume opens with a "top twenty" list of easy, fast-growing plants for kids, and quickly moves on to a smorgasbord of gardening inspiration. There are eight full-scale themed gardens, the most ambitious of which are play spaces: a clubhouse made entirely from sunflowers, string, and morning glories; a nighttime teepee sown with flowers that bloom only at night; a flower maze; and a "giant's house" made of colossal vegetables. There is also a section on container projects for those with less opportunity and/or confidence -- a pebble-and-soil filled pot for growing "carrot people," a metal tub filled with rainbow potatoes, or even an old glove tacked to the wall and planted with nasturtiums. The book's explicit goal is to help children learn to commune with Mother Nature, and most Christian families won't share the author's views. However, her practical ideas are fantastic, providing the perfect experiential context for discussing what it might have been like for Adam to care for the world's first garden (Genesis 2:15). Lovejoy writes from decades of avid gardening experience with children and seeks to inspire an exploratory wonder in her readers. Projects are described with step-by-step instructions, but she assumes a level of competence that might intimidate the beginning gardener. Her "gardening basics" chapter is almost an afterthought, tacked on at the end of the book, although her resource list is quite helpful. I'd recommend that beginners supplement with a basic gardening guide such as The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions to deal with unexpected obstacles.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...