Although the title doesn’t suggest it, Project Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Planting and Enjoying ALL Your Backyard Has to Offer is a guide to exploring your garden with kids.
Master gardener, nature lover and author Stacy Tornio believes that no matter where you live and what time of year it is, there are always new ways to introduce your kids to gardening. This book includes more than 175 such activities for the entire family. Looks like I’ve got some work to do.
Project Garden comes complete with a month-by-month guide to exploring your garden in a variety of ways:
- Grow It offers planting recommendations and general gardening advice,
- Plant It provides creative ideas for planting,
- Eat It gives you recipes for enjoying the very things you grow in your garden,
- Recycle It includes earth-friendly nature crafts and activities, and
- Make It has step-by-step instructions for nature-inspired projects.
If you’re interested in making more out of your garden space, Project Garden can help. Jump right in to May for ideas on what to plant, creating garden art and cooking up your green beans; or you can skip ahead to see what Tornio has in store for the summer.
The Nitty Gritty on Project Garden
I like that Project Garden provides a month-by-month guide to exploring the garden with kids. It’s a great way to help you know what to plant when. And all the creative ideas for make a nature connection are a nice bonus. Even though I’m not much of a foodie, including recipes in a gardening book just makes sense.
My only real gripe is that in many cases, the suggested plants in the Grow It section aren’t recommended in my zone (Southern California). Bummer.
Here's the low-down:
- Tons of color photographs throughout the book – I especially appreciate that there is a photo for each of the suggested plants, since I’m not on a first name basis with most just yet
- Activities include a “spade” rating (aka difficulty level) so you know what you’re getting yourself into
- Plenty of interesting how-tos, fun facts, top secret tips and other interesting information sprinkled throughout
- Retails for less than $13 (Kindle version also available)
|Recycle It: Tennis racket garden art|
Author Stacy Tornio has kindly agreed to provide a free, signed copy of Project Garden to one lucky reader!
To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite thing to grow or do with kids in your garden. Good luck!
- This giveaway will run through midnight PST on Sat., May 12, 2012.
- You must include an email address with your comment. Entries without an email address will not be included.
- This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
- The winner will be chosen using the nifty random number generator at random.org.
- Winner will have 24 hours to reply to my notification. If I don't hear back after that, I'll pick another winner.