Kids don’t have the patience or the interest in having their own garden patch, they just want to have fun! Sarah O’Neil knows this well. Her series of clever outdoor projects will get kids outside throughout the growing season, having fun in the vegetable garden. While learning to grow vegetables is covered in the book, the focus is on various cool projects to make and do – with and without the help of grown-ups – and kids will discover at the end that they have learned a lot about gardening. There’s text and side-bars for kids and grown-ups.
Beginning in the spring, they can get their hands dirty testing soil, fool the birds with stone strawberries, race Jack up the beanstalk, stir pots of stinky weed brew, grow plants for free, create a pirate map and find buried treasure, craft corn dolls, design their own stepping stones, and more.
Sarah O’Neil is a passionate gardener, author and blogger, and mum to two boys Timothy and Joseph, aged 7 and 9. She wrote about the trials and tribulations of gardening and country life in a book called The Good Life: Four Glorious Seasons in my Country Garden in 2013 and she regularly writes gardening articles for Kiwifamilies.co.nz, Natural Parent magazine, Go Gardening, The Garden Pantry facebook page and her blog – gardeningkiwi.wordpress.com has followers from all around the world.