As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m hoping to grow some vegetables in pots and containers in our garden this year. It will be an experiment in which I’m expecting to make many mistakes, so I am currently researching the best ways to go about it. I’m attempting simple projects because I am a novice myself, and because I really want to get my daughter involved. She will be two in the spring and I am hoping it will be something we can do together.
Reading many gardening books focusing on a small garden or one specific to pots and containers, I have to say my favourite so far is a children’s gardening book I came across by chance in my local library – The Royal Horticultural Society’s book Grow It Eat It – Simple gardening projects & delicious recipes, published in 2008 by Dorling Kindersley.
I love the way that children’s books assume no prior knowledge and that information is presented in a simple and straightforward way, meaning they are great for children and adult beginners.
Blurb – ‘From plot to plate, a cookery and gardening book in one, from the experts at the RHS.
Is your child a budding gardener or chef? Children will love learning how to plant seeds and turn their produce into delicious meals that they can eat. They‚Äôll have juicy tomatoes that make fantastic pizzas, plump pumpkins for a perfect pie, luscious strawberries for a smashing smoothie and many more tempting treats.They‚Äôll discover how food grows, from photosynthesis to pollination and learn to care for their plants.
Then when they‚Äôve picked their crops, there are recipes for snacks, lunches and dinners that are really tasty and will encourage your child and family to eat healthily.
And you don‚Äôt need a garden: Grow It, Eat It includes plants that can all be grown in pots.’
Throughout the book the children made use of a toddler sized canvas bag with mini garden tools which I had previously seen for sale, and we managed to get one just like it. We are yet to use it outdoors, but our daughter loves the bag and watering can. I’ve put the hand trowel, fork and rake away until they are to be used for their intended purpose. I’m really looking forward to starting and hope we have some great successes. And if we don’t I’m learning a lot along the way.
2008. Grow It Eat It. London: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.