When you plant a garden outside, much of the magic happens underground. The Root Viewer lets kids watch seeds as they grow into three kinds of vegetables: carrots, onions and radishes — $5.47 at the Shop at Longue Vue (7 Bamboo Road, 486-7440; www.longuevue.com), where all merchandise is currently 25 percent to 75 percent off.
Gardeners come in all sizes, and this kit is made just for kids. It includes a rake, shovel, spade, garden gloves and watering can — $11.47 at the Shop at Longue Vue (7 Bamboo Road, 486-7440; www.longuevue.com).
It's the little garden that could. A young boy named Liam nurtures a struggling garden and helps transform his dreary city into a lush green world in The Curious Garden by Peter Brown — $16.99 at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St., 899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com). Each book comes with a packet of Forget-me-not seeds.