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Thursday 23 September 2010

Review: Ready, Steady, Grow!

Title: Ready, Steady, Grow!

Compiled by: The Royal Horticultural Society

Publisher: DK, $29.95 RRP

Publication Date: September 2010

Format: Hard cover

ISBN: 9781740337717

For ages: Primary school

Type: Junior non-fiction

About: Filled to the brim with D.K.’s stunning, modern photography, combined with cute little illustrations, you’ll be in love with this book before you even take a close look at the contents.

Containing fun projects for children to work on in the garden, this is a no-nonsense, straight to the point (and the fun bits) book. It will teach kids about the joy of gardening, and instruct them how to approach it.

Projects include everything from growing flowers in pots to creating garden decorations, and everything in between. Growing edibles will be a favourite inclusion, including herbs and vegetables, pizza topping ingredients, berries, salads and even food for pets to enjoy.

Each section contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and additional tips to ensure success.

My concern with this book was that, being produced in the U.K., it may not transfer well to Australian gardens. However, each project has been carefully selected as non-specific to any particular destination.

This is a book recommended for kids who want to be involved in the garden, but don’t quite know where to begin. Ready, Steady, Grow! will give them horticultural skills for life.

This book is available online