As the weather warms and talk turns to gardening, Barking Frog Farm thought it would be fun to introduce you to a wonderful book called Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. This book is full of fun gardening ideas that will inspire you to put on play clothes and start a new garden. The first chapter in the book is “Top 20 plants for kids.” The list includes pumpkins, sunflowers, gourds, berries, tomatoes, and lemon verbena. Lovejoy explains her choices in this way: “My list of stars is short: twenty old-fashioned favorites that are more than pretty faces. They have personality, fragrance, texture, and color—vibrant color. They grow quickly—something kids need in response to their work. And they’re versatile; they can be used as jewelry, toys, clothes, musical instruments, and household utensils.”
This book is a great resource for anyone interested in sharing a garden with children. The colorful illustrations and instructional text will instill confidence in even the most novice of gardeners. Lovejoy writes about Moon Gardens, Flowery Mazes, Sunflower Houses and my favorite, A Garden of Giants. What fun!
Sharon Lovejoy, as a child, was introduced to the wonders of nature by her grandmother. She writes lovingly about her grandmother and her early experiences in a California garden. “We greeted each day as an adventure and learned to look for and expect miracles.”
I have a well-worn copy of Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots. It sits out on my coffee table and is often thumbed through as we make plans for the new growing season. So, find a copy of the book, a piece of earth, some plants or seeds and start making miracles.