1. A small new plant from a seed

2. Fruit used for pies and Halloween; mostly orange but can be yellow or white

3. Colorful and fragrant bloom or blossom

4. Mrs. Feeny frightened the kids when she chased them.

5. Where flowers and vegetables grow

6. Decayed or decomposed grass, garden clippings, sometimes manure; makes the soil better

7. Plants that usually live for more than a year or two

8. Tool with long handle and flat blade for tilling a garden

9. A vegetable that grows on a vine, a squash; a “cousin” of the pumpkin


1. Usually a tall flower with yellow petals around the edge and edible seeds in the middle

2. A plant that lives for one season; often dies with first frost

3. A climbing vegetable plant that grows pods with many tiny green balls inside

4. Natural fluid gardeners use to keep soil around plants moist; plants die without it (so do people and animals)

5. The area around a house covered with grass; needs to be mowed; uses lots of water

6. Squiggly underground parts of plant that take in food and water

7. Tool with long handle and prongs used to gather leaves or spread soil, mulch, and compost

8. A plant whose flavorful leaves are used in cooking to season food

9. To decay or to break down; a process that makes compost 

10. Small woodchips used for a pathway to walk on or around plants so water stays in and weeds stay out

©Sandy Baker 2010

Mrs. Feeny and the Grubby Garden Gang

Crossword puzzle answers are posted   on another page. Can you find them?

See if you can complete the crossword challenge without the answers!


Mrs. Feeny Likes Kids . . . especially garden kids!

     “Meany Mrs. Feeny,” the kids called her. But that’s when she chased them off her lawn.

     You can read all about her problems with the neighborhood kids  in my new book Mrs. Feeny and the Grubby Garden Gang. Things are not always as they seem. (This is a 32-page illustrated book for kids ages 5-9. Great for reading together.)

Available Now

List price   $15.95

See Home page for details on autographed

copy. Also at and Barnes and Noble

AS AN eBOOK! $9.99

    Don’t forget to check out the Glossary on the very last page of the book. Boy, will you be smart when you learn those words! You never know when you might need to use them in a crossword puzzle.

     Hey, speaking of crossword puzzles, look to the right. It’s  Mrs. Feeny’s Garden Crossword Challenge. Print this page and see if you can fill in all the words. (I’ll publish the answers later! You’ll see . . .)

Mrs. Feeny’s Photo Album



Other Stuff

Some great links

  1. (North American Butterfly Assoc.)