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My Backyard Garden Hardcover – March 1, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688147550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688147556
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,738,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6?The picture-book format of this title belies its thoroughness, but as soon as readers open it, the riches begin to appear. Lerner uses her background in botany and botanical illustration to provide an additional dimension to the adventure of starting one's own vegetable garden. Readers are instructed on how to choose a site, prepare the ground, make a plan, select plants and seeds, and deal with pests and problems. Two different plans are offered, varying in size and kinds of vegetables; they are shown in both spring and summer, since crops are planted at different times. After the preparation is discussed there is a procedural chapter for each month, March through October. In April, for instance, the specific vegetable plants and their parts are described and shown in meticulous watercolor and pencil illustrations. The specific pests and weeds that may appear, as well as how to recognize them and deal with them without chemicals, are discussed. Difficulties are not minimized, but by the end of the book, readers are likely to be ready for the challenge of growing their own food and learning about the related flora and fauna. Marjorie Waters's The Victory Garden Kids' Book (Globe Pequot, 1994) is also excellent; it includes more vegetables but fewer weeds and pests. Having both books would be just right.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Gr. 4^-6. In this large-size picture book, Lerner offers both inspiration and plenty of practical advice for children who might like to plant a vegetable garden in the backyard. After an introductory chapter on gardening basics--types of soil and seed catalogs, etc.--she gives two sample garden plans, which she then follows over the course of a typical gardening season. Each garden has two crops, with spring vegetables, such as peas and lettuce, succeeded by summer plantings of tomatoes and peppers. An elegant book design and Lerner's delicately detailed watercolors, complete with hand-lettered labels, make this a pleasure to read as well as a solid source of information. Gardeners who also enjoy birds might want to take a look at Lerner's Backyard Birds of Summer (1996). Susan Dove Lempke

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Attractive watercolor illustrations and a thorough, well-organized text make this an excellent introduction to gardening. The author covers everything from garden layout to month-by-month care and quietly promotes poison-free pest control. Includes an index and a helpful guide to finding local resources.
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Format: Library Binding
A great little book, with attractive, accurate, informative, full color illustrations depicting various plants, gardening tools, garden plot layouts and much, much more.

This is a handy little book, well-printed and edited, on calendered (slick) paper and with a hard, durable cover. Among other things, it tells you a simple method to test your soil that you can do yourself, to tell you whether your soil is clay, silt or sand.

Every gardener should have a copy of this one in his or her library.

Joseph Pierre
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Format: Library Binding
This kids' gardening manual is a big step up from the beginning reader's In My Garden A Child's Gardening Book. Its picture-book format and detailed illustrations make the basics of starting a vegetable garden accessible to kids. It provides all the basic principles and practices they need, and lays out a month-by-month guide to success in a starter garden.

The book is full of good illustrations that enliven the high-density text. These include a diagram explaining how pollinated flowers produce fruit and a diagram of two sample garden plots, which are reiterated with different plantings through the growing season. There is also a simple soil test to try out and directions for building a compost heap, an explanation of how to schedule planting using a frost-date chart, some drawings of garden plants (good, bad and ugly) in varying stages of maturity, and a chart naming garden pests and how to combat them.

This attractive, accessible guide provides almost enough information for an enterprising older child to start a garden project without adult help, although a more encyclopedic resource is likely to be needed before the project is complete. If read aloud in small portions to early-elementary audience it can be an excellent tool to help explain gardening practices.
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By J.L.M. Inman on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book from the library and then ordered it. It has good step by step examples for starting a garden. It has instructions for what to do on a monthly basis. It has pictures of good bugs and bad bugs. It's great for children and beginners in the garden.
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