Now that the weather has turned, many of us will be heading for the garden and the greenhouse. There is a renewed interest in gardening and growing food. For many young parents this trend has extended to including children in garden planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting. Grow it, cook it, with kids by Amanda Grant is a beautifully written and photographed book that offers many tips on teaching these valuable skills.
The book has an interesting format. Following some rudimentary gardening basics, each section is devoted to a specific group of vegetables. For example, the section on herbs and salad greens includes planting information, caring for the plants, harvesting, and 5 ways to prepare the produce. The same layout follows for potatoes, carrots, and onions; zucchini and tomatoes; peas and beans; and strawberries and raspberries. There are lots of large illustrations which makes the book beautiful, and a great teaching tool. The book keeps the produce choices to easily cared for fruits and vegetables so as not to overwhelm young children.
Before you head to the greenhouse, stop by the library, and get children and grandchildren involved in your garden.