Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Non-Fiction book for children

Get Growing: A New Zealand step-by-step guide to growing your own vegetables and fruit by Helen Cook (Random) ISBN: 978 1 86979 159 9 RRP $34.99

A step-by-step guide on growing your own fruit and vegetables from choosing the right spot and having all the tools you'll need to keeping the plants watered and fed. The second half of the book has projects such as growing cherry tomatoes in a pot, growing a bucket of potatoes, making and using 'plantable' seed pots, making a scarecrow and making your own compost. The book includes a seasonal and growing guide. It also has an extensive glossary and index.

Children will find the book instructive and enjoy the attractive layout of the pages, which includes illustrations and photographs. Schools will find it handy when starting their edible garden.

Helen Cook grew up on a dairy farm where her family only ever ate what they grew. She now has two gardens: a salad garden in her townhouse and a large productive one in Matakana.
Reviewed by Maria Gill

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