Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds: A Fun, User-Friendly, Illustrated Guide to Creating a Vegetable or Flower Garden with Your Kids

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Let writer and gardener Jeff Hutton show you and your kids how to grow your own food and your favorite flowers, attract butterflies, create crafts, and more. Teach your children how to start garden seeds indoors as well as how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and transplant seedlings. Additionally, there are over a dozen fun recipes and instructions for making stepping stones, decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and much more. Parents and children are sure to have a blast in the garden all ...

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Let writer and gardener Jeff Hutton show you and your kids how to grow your own food and your favorite flowers, attract butterflies, create crafts, and more. Teach your children how to start garden seeds indoors as well as how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and transplant seedlings. Additionally, there are over a dozen fun recipes and instructions for making stepping stones, decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and much more. Parents and children are sure to have a blast in the garden all year round!

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Tap the memories of an avid gardener and chances are that she or he will fond recollections of planting with their parents or grandparents. Jeff Hutton's Rock, Dirt, Worms, & Weeds teaches adults and kids to build such relationships by planting a vegetable or flower garden. Of course, this growing experience doesn't take place overnight; it requires learning about seeds, planting, harvesting, and, well, you can take it from there. Landscape gardener Hutton doesn't neglect its aesthetic elements, either; he instructs readers on decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and making step stone. A friendly way to plant the seed.

Michelle Marozik

Publishers Weekly
This new guide for children from landscape designer and author Hutton (Inside Out: The Art and Craft of Home Landscaping) suffers because it tries to do too much. It’s best when presenting simple activities and crafts, such as growing popcorn or making rain gauges. A whole book of these engaging and easy-to-execute activities would have been a real resource to parents trying to share their love of the garden with children. Unfortunately, beyond these projects, the book is chaotic, incomplete, and unsure of its audience. Rather than focusing on small-scale gardening with easy-to-cultivate, child-pleasing plants, the author provides scattered ecology lessons, random plant listings, hard-to-follow cultivation advice, and a visually uneven mix of photos and artwork. This guide is a missed opportunity to introduce children to the joys of gardening. Full-color photos and illus. throughout. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616087227
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 700,053
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Hutton is the author of the novel Perfect Silence, an ABA Book Sense
Pick, and Inside Out: The Art and Craft of Home Landscaping. He is a landscape designer and lives in Vernon, Connecticut.
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