Anastacia 's Reviews > Project Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying ALL Your Backyard Has to Offer

Project Garden by Stacy Tornio
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Aug 07, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, gardening

I took this book out from the library, because my parents, hubby & I, have planted a vegetable garden for the first time, other than the odd tomato plant. I've been devouring the 'net for ideas, hints, tips, tricks, recipes, etc etc, along with stalking coworkers for any advice they can give us - and our garden is doing just great! I can't wait for a bigger & better garden next year!

so, with all that in mind, I've been requesting books from the library on the subject of vegetable gardening, & I took this one out. It actually wasn't what I really expected, as it's geared more towards kids & families, but as such, it's written for beginners in mind. The book has 12 chapters, one for each month, & there are 3 catagories in each one - how to plant something, a craft activity, & a related recipe. The problem is, the craft activities aren't really related to the month, & the recipes aren't really related to that month's planting - for example, lemon cupcakes in February. I'm sure lemons are in season in parts of the US (Florida? Southern Cali?) but not in the majority of the States, I would think. The recipes do look all delicious, which for me balances out the fact that they don't fit with the months. I found most of the craft projects rather bland & boring - I can't see kids being interested in making plant markers out of rocks or decorating a shoebox to put gardening supplies in.

But all of the above is balanced with the fact that the book has great, small garden plans & very creative ideas, like a forth of July patriotic garden display, & does have some great hints & tips for beginner gardeners, & I think the fact that the book is geared towards families is a very nice idea.

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