True, it may be snowy and windy, but soon the drab shades of winter will be replaced with the vibrant colors of spring. The crocus are already beginning to bloom, followed shortly by quince, forsythia, redbuds and others. It’s time to get outside and get dirty – in the garden. Whether you have a large yard, a small balcony, or just a narrow window sill, there’s a garden in your future this spring. Gardening has it all – nature, science, exercise, and the old-fashioned satisfaction of seeing your hard work bear fruit – it’s no wonder that so many schools are becoming involved.
Gardening is a great way for the whole family to work and learn together, and the Children’s Library can help you get started. We have many helpful books (j 635 in the non-fiction section) with topics ranging from preparing soil and composting to growing fruits and vegetables. Special projects for every season are also featured. Learn how to build a bird house, make a rain gauge, attract butterflies, and much, much more.
Below are just a few of the titles that can help you get started:
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds by Jeff Hutton is a clear and well-organized book divided into sections that correspond to the four seasons. Each section includes gardening activities appropriate for that season, plus creative projects related to gardening, such as finding north, pressing flowers, roasting pumpkin seeds, and making paper embedded with seeds that can be planted directly into the soil.
101 Kid-Friendly Plants by Cindy Krezel features 101 common plants that are safe to eat and simple to grow plus more seasonal activities and science projects.
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole is a beautifully illustrated book for younger readers that shows the evolution of a garden from early spring to late summer.
The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Gardening by Karyn Morris includes many great gardening activities plus sections devoted to native plants, wildlife gardens, and community and school gardens.
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: a Compost Story by Linda Glaser uses photographs to show how one family works together to turn their table and yard scraps into rich, dark soil for the garden.