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Container Gardening for Kids Paperback – April, 1997
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Grade 4-8?This lively and inviting gardening book gives directions for 20 beginning projects. Great imagination is displayed, as readers are invited to use old sneakers, toys, watermelon rinds, etc. Novelty does not obscure the basics of good gardening, however; the importance of good drainage and the best mixture of soil are discussed, as are how to get the best plants and supplies for your money. Unusual subjects are introduced, such as growing mushrooms, making an insect-repellent pet collar out of herbs, and making a floral sundial out of an old tire. Each project is explained clearly in two or three pages, and is illustrated with helpful full-color photographs that show boys and girls of various ethnic backgrounds enjoying their work. An illustrated list of "Plants to Know and Grow" is included, as are notes on supplies. This fine book has such a variety of ideas that it could be attractive to readers with many different interests.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 4^-6. Talmage's amply illustrated book is chockablock with inexpensive, easy-to-assemble gardening projects that kids can do year-round, indoors or out. Materials are listed separately, with accompanying instructions set in running text rather than in step-by-step form. Although this may slow down the production process for some youngsters, Talmage's writing style is friendly and her explanations generally easy to follow. A wide variety of garden activities are included, from forcing bulbs and propagating plants from cuttings and seeds to planting tomatoes in outdoor tubs and cultivating an indoor container mushroom farm. Some skill with scissors, knives, etc., is assumed. Photos are occasionally too small or cropped so oddly they don't make sense, but readers will be attracted by the numerous pictures of their peers having fun and earnestly involved in gardening adventures. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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