Being a keen gardener, I was very interested to receive a new book from the RHS which aims to encourage children into the garden. Called ‘Grow Your Own for Kids’, it has been written by the Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and RHS writer Lia Leendertz. Bursting with bright ideas and packed full of colourful pictures the book is the perfect guide for the little gardeners in your life. Aimed at children aged 5-11, it shows you just how much fun gardening can be and encourages children to get outside and “get growing.”
The book includes 30 easy-to-follow step-by-step projects ranging from growing perfect potatoes to creating a tasty tower of berries, growing giant smiley sunflowers and how to grow the best corn-on-the-cob. The book takes the ‘Grow Your Own’ ethos of food provenance, self-sufficiency, and healthy eating that has captured the nation and aims it to a younger audience.
I found the layout of the book very visually appealing with its bright pictures and clear instructions. However, as I am a little older than the target audience I gave it to my 6 year old to review. He declared it to be “cool” and has bookmarked the Giant Smiley Sunflowers and the Bees Need Homes projects as the activities he would like to do. He also loved the “Oh No! What’s Happened Section?” which contains lots of pictures of bugs eating crops.
What I like about this book is that it contains lots of practical projects that you can undertake with a child which will give really exciting results. In addition to learning how to grow your own fruit and veg, children can learn to understand the transition from produce to plate with plenty of simple recipes for creating tempting treats, such as home-made tomato sauce and delicious fruity lollies. There is a project which shows how to make a pizza shaped herb garden where each slice is filled with a different herb. The final part of the project includes a recipe for how to make the best herby pizza sauce.
Most of the projects in this book can be undertaken even if you have a tiny garden or only a window box so there really is something for everyone.
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