Mel Bartholomew's top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary garden system available to millions of people.In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals his tips, tricks, and fun projects in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow a SFG of their own.The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring.Kids learn many valuable life lessons when tending their own garden such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it.Most importantly though, they learn that growing your own food is both fun and rewarding.
About the Author
Mel Bartholomew was the founder and inventor of Square Foot Gardening and the author of All New Square Foot Gardening, the best-selling gardening book in America for a generation. The book has sold 2.5 million copies since Bartholomew wrote the first book in 1981. He hosted a PBS TV show for five years, and then was telecast for three more years on the Learning Channel and Discovery Network. Bartholomew presided over the nonprofit Square Foot Gardening Foundation, which encourages every household around the world to have a small garden and eat fresh, healthy vegetables that are uncontaminated. He passed away in May, 2016.
Table of Contents
Getting the Most Out of This Book 15
1 Kids and SFG Go Together Like Carrots & Tomatoes 18
2 Building Together: Making Your Own SFG Box 41
3 Getting Dirty: Making Mel's Mix is as Easy as (Mud) Pie 63
4 Miracle in a Box: The Thrill of Growing a Garden 75
5 The Reward 113
6 Digging Deeper: Reaching Out Beyond the Box 139
7 Kids Guide to Veggies & Herbs 157
Meet Mel Bartholomew 190