The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book

Fun Projects for All Seasons

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Grow your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers! Become a gardener in any season with these fun and easy projects. You don’t even need a garden space—many of these activities can be done by planting in containers to set on a porch or a patio or even in a window. Try your hand at growing potatoes and strawberries. Plant bright flowers that attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Learn how to get daffodils to bloom in the winter! You can even make your own compost. Colorful photographs and simple step-by-step drawings make each project easy to follow for gardening success. Ready to get your hands dirty and your garden growing?

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category Makerspace, Makerspace: Gardening/Plants, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Plants
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Text Type Procedural
BISACS JNF022000, JNF037030, JNF014000
Dewey 635.083
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.1875 x 9
Lexile 1020
Features Activities, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Photo captions, and Reviewed

Author: Kari Cornell

Kari Cornell is a freelance writer and editor who lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and two young boys. When she's not working or spending time with her family, she loves to cook, tinker in the garden, knit, or run. She feels fortunate that she's been able to combine many of the activities she likes to do in her free time with her day job. Cornell is the author of several cookbooks for children, including Cooking the Turkish Way and Cooking the Indonesian Way. She is the co-author of Growing with Purpose: Forty Years of Seward Community Cooperative

Photographer: Jennifer S. Larson

Jennifer S. Larson has written many nonfiction books for young readers.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • Booklist Top 10 Project Books for Youth, Winner, 2016
  • ACL Distinguished Book, Winner, 2015


School Library Journal

“These simple, inexpensive seasonal projects are designed to inspire minds, busy hands, and yield edifying results….[K]ids will gain a sense of scientific wonder watching their completed activities come to fruition.”―School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[G]arden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors.” —Kirkus Reviews


“This book encourages budding horticulturalists with the notion that gardening doesn’t have to depend on having access to the perfect climate and location.” —Booklist