The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Titles for Older Readers and Listeners 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Sandra M. Gilbert

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy

Seeds: Time Capsules of Life by Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy (beautifully detailed images of seeds)

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs by Robert E. Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough

Seed catalogues that come through the mail—most are free of charge, have great pictures and descriptions, and can be used for art collages or labeling purposes.

Chris is the mother of four children: Alexandria, Connor, Aidan, and Ethan, and is supported on this homeschooling journey by her husband of more than sixteen years, Steve. She received her degree in Technical Writing and is a freelance editor and writer. Chris can be contacted at

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: April 26, 2013