Love Your Veggies Books and Garden Supplies Giveaway

One thing that I love about books is that they can work as a gateway to a new subject, or a way to reinforce what kids love. For example if your son loves space, it’s a great time to seek out toys, books and DVDs that will heighten that interest. On the other hand, if you want to encourage your kids to get involved with gardening, you can use books to introduce and inform.

I am proud to be a member of the Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies Mom Panel. We are working together to encourage kids — ours and others — to love their veggies! I hope you’ll check out our posts about ways that we’ve gotten our families more involved with veggies.

Today I am going to share some great books and resources with you that you can use to encourage your kids to get involved in vegetables. It’s proven that kids are more likely to be willing to try something that they’ve helped grow or helped make in the kitchen.

Five of you will win this awesome gift pack worth $250, thanks to the Love Your Veggies campaign.

First — the books:

The Gardening Book is published by DK. Any book by DK is sure to engage and inform the kids who read it. This one has not only gardening information but crafts and activities as well.

The Kitchen Garden Cookbook, also by DK, is an excellent resource for using those fruits and vegetables that you harvest or that you buy farm fresh. You will find recipes as well as preserving tips, conveniently organized by season, and then by fruit or vegetable. And as I expect with DK, there are fantastic pictures throughout that entice you to try to create those same results in your own backyard.

The Edible Garden gives tips for making the most of your garden, whether it’s a small plot in the backyard, containers on the deck, or an herb garden in your kitchen. There are also special tips on ways to get your children involved.

Now — the gear:

My kids loved putting the Root-Vue Farm together (see picture above). I’ll be honest and say that I’m not sure what the quality of the veggies produced will be, but it is so much fun. Everything is included here — seeds, soil (pellets that you add water to, which is also fun), and this awesome planter that you can see through to watch the roots grow. We were able to see some green and some roots within a few days of planting, which is what kids want.

Every gardener needs tools, and so we have a set for kids and adults. Adults can get their hands dirty with the Stainless Steel Gardening Tool Set. If kids have special tools their own size, they are more willing to feel like it’s really their project.

The ToySmith Garden Tote with Tools is cute and functional, and I know that kids will love it.

Two pairs of gardening gloves (kid-sized and adult), as well as plant markers and decorative plant stakes round out the selection.

And don’t forget the Hidden Valley Ranch products, so that you can dress and dip all those tasty vegetables! The winners will receive $15 worth of product.

If you’d like to win (U.S. and Canada addresses are eligible), just leave a comment below. We’ll draw the winners on June 6. Remember FIVE of you have a chance to win.

The winner of the Little Engine that Could DVD (and other items worth over $200) is #39 Becky M.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books managing editor Jennifer Donovan, who is a paid panelist for the Love Your Veggies campaign.


  1. says

    what a great giveaway. Just started some mini sunroom plants with herbs and this would be perfect for when the grandchildren come over.. I would love it as much as them! Please enter me! thanks so much. Of course I know they would want to take it home an dhow could I say no?! smiling… great for their learning about gardening and planting!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  2. Julie G says

    Wow, what a generous giveaway! We have just started gardening in the past year, and our experiences have been hit and miss. It’s a learning process!

  3. says

    OOOOOOHHHHH Love this. I would love to get this for my little crew that will be descending on my house this summer.

  4. Suzanne R. says

    I love growning herbs and vegetables, but I have the worst brown thumb. Maybe I could learn a thing or two!

  5. Tkr says

    My hubby and I are just starting our first garden this year and that would be awesome to win this! Thank you for the oppurtunity.

  6. says

    I am clearly obsessed with gardening and I am happy to admit that. I have expanded my garden to 500 square feet this year and I look forward to feeding my family more healthy choices this summer!
    This would be the ideal gift to receive for me!
    thanks so much for the chance.

  7. Joy says

    My daughter and i love to garden; unfortunately, we do not seem to have green thumbs. Thus, we need all the help we can get.

  8. says

    What a great giveaway! We are plowing away with our 4th gardening season (sorry, couldn’t help it) and my son always wants to have his own garden patch, too. :0)

  9. says

    We grow a garden so our kids can see how plants grow and produce food for us. We also want them to appreciate and enjoy fresh food. Nice giveaway!

  10. m says

    I have one kid that helps with the garden…in fact checks it daily. We don’t have much produce yet but lots of plants. I could use this to get more people involved!

  11. Cindy says

    This is a great thing you’re doing. Would LOVE to win & play with these resources w/ my niece & nephew who are just starting to garden at school (radishes) Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  12. Ali says

    My girls love to plant anything. Veggies, or flowers they don’t care. This would be a great family project!

  13. says

    What a fantastic idea for my grandkids! We plant a garden every year, and they eat the veggies, but this way they could actually see how they grow. Fingers crossed!

  14. says

    My kids would absolutely LOVE this! What a fantastic giveaway. I’m a firm believer that if children have a deeper appreciation for growing fruits and veggies they are more likely to eat them! Mine do.. right out of our garden.

  15. Moriah says

    I love to garden and be outside. We will be starting a family this year, and I can’t wait to share my interests with my children!

  16. Lisa says

    This is a fantastic giveaway. I love to garden and I’m trying to eat more vegetables, including salads with Ranch dressing.

  17. Mia Dentice Carey says

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE our veggies and this prize gift pack!!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Stephanie says

    What a great idea! My daughter is 3 and she loves to plant seeds to watch them grow. We talk about the progress of her plants and talk about how they grow. She gets sooo excited checking them everyday!

  19. Amy Brewer says

    I love to garden. I have a huge one out this year. Something that the whole family gets in and enjoys to do.

  20. says

    What great products! I love anything that helps get my son more involved in growing things. He loves to help in his grandparent’s garden and it has definitely helped his eating improve.

  21. SnowflakeDay (Audra) says

    My daughter loves being outside in the flower garden with me. Great prize package! The ToySmith tote is really nice! :-)

  22. Beth T. says

    I’ve been slowing getting started on our garden this year (every year…) so this would be a wonderful prize to win. Thanks for the chance.

  23. says

    This is an awesome giveaway. Gardening is one of the greatest gifts with good life lessons and great rewards. Thanks for doing it.

  24. says

    Looks like a great prize package. Me and my 15 year old son love to garden and anything too young for us, we’ll use to get my 7 year old nephew interested in joining us.

  25. Leah Walker says

    I would LOVE this. I am trying to learn to garden and not kill everything. Lol. Thank you so much for this really cool chance.


  26. Jennifer F. says

    How cool! I just took a horticulture class last semester, so I know how enjoyable gardening can be … would love to give my younger home-schooled siblings some gear that would be educational and fun!

    Thanks for the chance to win. =)

  27. Charlotte Kay says

    What a fabulous giveaway!
    I am grateful to be included in it!

    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay

  28. Debra says

    I love to plant and especially vegetables. I really need helpful advice and these books would do the trick!

  29. says

    Our garden is growing but it needs a good weeding! My kids enjoy the planting but not the weeding. We’re hoping for a large crop of peppers this year to dip into that Hidden Valley Ranch goodness!
    pvilletoygirl @ g m a i l dot com

  30. Noreen says

    I love gardening and sharing it with my girls. I am behind this year as my husband is in a cast and I have been doing my jobs and his in the yard


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