by Barbara Damrosch. It's been 22 years since Damrosch first published her comprehensive guide to gardening. Though its always been a great guide, much has changed in that time. Damrosch says she has been continually learning - about new varieties, tools, techniques and resources. She has become 100% organic and has revised her book to be so as well. This is no small revision. It took Damrosch 7 years to complete it; the book is now 132 pages longer. In the first 4 chapters, she does an excellent job covering general gardening - plant structure, soil, other plant needs, growing from seed, planting, mulching, insects and diseases, landscape planning and more. Following this, chapters cover specific plant categories - annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, fruits, bulbs, roses, lawns, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees, wildflowers and houseplants. Every one of the 820 pages is written in the conversational manner of someone with personal experience on every subject. Also contains over 500 illustrations and an excellent resource guide in the back. Softcover 820pp
This was the first book I bought when I began gardening 20 years ago and I recommend it as the first book for all beginning gardeners. Experienced gardeners will also find it valuable. If I could only have one "how to garden" book, this would be it.