Gr 3-6--Although the writing in these books is folksy and friendly, some of the photographs are dark, others are blurry, and they seem slapped on the page in an amateurish cut-and-paste manner. The same illustration of a petunia appears in Container Gardening with other sun-loving plants and then in Terrarium, floating disconnected in a border. Good advice is given: wear gloves; wash your hands after handling fertilizer; buy your container gardening supplies at garage sales to save money; put newspaper down when making your terrarium to help with cleanup. Organic Gardening sets forth a compact explanation of the damage caused by the runoff of chemical fertilizer into a river, but the rest of the book offers very detailed and complicated explanations. The comparison table for terrarium plants lists a spider plant in the three-to-six-inch category, which seems an underestimation of its full-grown size. The one-page indexes refer readers to the texts, but the plants listed in the different tables (light requirements in Container Gardening; easy-to-grow vegetables in Organic Gardening) are not included in them. Each title has one or more craft projects. The worm composter in Organic Gardening is complicated, while the painted-rock critters in Terrariums and the rain gauge in Container Gardening look doable. Although Ellen Talmage's Container Gardening for Kids (Sterling, 1996; o.p.) is for older readers, it has more projects and valuable tips. Constance Hardesty's Grow Your Own Pizza (Fulcrum, 2004) has more ideas for organic and container gardens as well as yummy-sounding recipes for home-grown produce.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA[Page 126]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.