14 May 2008

101 Kid-Friendly Plants for Fun and Family

Ball Publishing has a cool new book for parents and grandparents,

"101 Kid-Friendly Plants: Fun Plants and Family Garden Projects"
by Cindy Krezel ($10).

Just in time for summer fun in the garden, Krezel's book reflects her 15-years of gardening with children. The ideas in the book are directly from her experience - not theory.

She suggests that you start with seeds because there is so much to learn from using them (I agree). Watermelon and sunflower seeds are large enough to be handled by even the smallest children.
Each of the 100 bright yellow pages pictures one plant, describes it and gives project ideas.
Other content includes: Gardening basics, Bulbs in pots, Container gardens, Plants to NOT use with children and theme gardens. Themes include butterflies, dried flower garden, edibles, five-sense garden, plant a rainbow, science experiments, etc.
The book makes it easy to imagine playing outside in the garden with children because Krezel's approach is whimsical as well as informative.
Consider planting seeds with children in your yard - they will love getting their hands dirty and watching cucumber seeds turn into supper, morning glory seeds becoming big flowers, or Lunaria money plant becoming dried flowers for the house.
The theme for this pot is shade and purple. Choosing similar colored leaves makes a pot calming. Brightly colored flowers make a pot exciting. Think about color, leaf shape, height, sun and water requirements when assembling plants for a container.

Happy growing!


patchworkZombie said...

A friend asked me for the name of this plant with white stripes on it's leaves and solid purple underneath. She is from china so only knows the chinese name. Could you please email me the name at andersdhorn , Gmail

Martha said...

It's common names include Wandering Jew, Chain Plant, Purple Heart Plant but I grew up calling it Wandering Jew.
A South American native, Wandering Jew has to come inside when temperatures drop below 32F.
Each fall I take cuttings inside. In the spring, those cuttings go into a bed under an oak tree where they fill in beautifully.

Less is More said...

Hi good day ! nice post you have . It's very nice , I have plan to setting up my garden can you give me an idea or steps on how to make it beautiful. i have heard some garden accessories such as garden spinner , wind chimes , wind spinners and many more . I want to try this things in my garden but i don't know how to get the right accessories . I hope you can help me . thank you .