Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow A Rainbow Garden

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An introduction to organic gardening which explains how to grow a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables in unexpected colors, outlining simple guidelines for planning, planting, caring for, and troubleshooting a rainbow garden. Also includes some special recipes.

Describes how to plant and grow a variety of colorful vegetables, including red corn, yellow watermelons, and multicolored radishes.

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Overview

An introduction to organic gardening which explains how to grow a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables in unexpected colors, outlining simple guidelines for planning, planting, caring for, and troubleshooting a rainbow garden. Also includes some special recipes.

Describes how to plant and grow a variety of colorful vegetables, including red corn, yellow watermelons, and multicolored radishes.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 4-6-What is at first glance a whimsical fantasy turns out to be a guide to growing unusually colored vegetables and fruits. The first part of the book contains clearly written, general gardening instructions-planning, ordering seeds from special nurseries, preparing soil, etc. Creasy's approach is organic- pests are dealt with in nonchemical ways. The second section contains specific information regarding each ``rainbow crop.'' A double-page spread shows the seed, plant, fruit or vegetable, a pest that may bother it, and a simple recipe, accompanied by clear, helpful text. In addition to the title plants, yellow zucchini, red chard, purple string beans, multicolored radishes, red popping corn, and yellow watermelon are included. Heller depicts the exotic-looking produce with stunningly bright, clear colors, giving readers an artistic treat as well as accurate information. The picture-book format is unusual for this age level, but just right for this presentation.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871569196
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 816,048
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

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Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and boldly colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit, including the best-selling Chickens Aren't The Only Ones. She makes her home in San Francisco, California.

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Growing our Rainbow Garden

Everybody knows that all string beans are green and all tomatoes are red--right?

Not so! Usually string beans are green. But they can also be purple, maroon, or yellow. Tomatoes can be orange, yellow, or even purple. Lots of familiar fruits and vegetables grow in a whole rainbow garden of surprising colors.

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Table of Contents

Growing Your Rainbow Garden

A Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables

Index

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