Dimensions: 6.47 x 9.11 inches
We have really struggled with finding an intro gardening book that we can get behind. We've probably research two to three dozen to find this gem. Most of them are geared towards being cute and fun and not serious food production. We believe that you shouldn't have to choose between those things. Rodale is hands down the best resource for home gardeners and this is the book that we pick for newbies or those who want a solid refresher and reference guide.
Be warned, there are minimal drawings, no photos, mostly black and white (they did include some green!), and text heavy. We love it. It has everything you need to get started, it's written in a really easy to understand format, and it's organized in nice clean sections. You'll be ready to dig in the dirt in no time.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie's language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.
In Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening by Deborah L. Martin, general garden-building skills (from "Do I need to dig?" to "Where do I dig?") and specific techniques (from "How do I plant a seed?" to "How much should I water?") are presented in growing-season order—from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control, and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. More than 100 common garden terms are defined, and Smart Starts sidebars offer doable projects to build confidence and enthusiasm for expanding a garden when a gardener is ready. A flower, vegetable, and herb finder highlights easycare plants with good track records. Plus, there are no-dig garden methods, simple garden layouts, and many more tips and hints.
With a "no question is unwelcome" approach, a troubleshooting section lessens frustrations and encourages experimentation. Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening is everything a beginning gardener (or one who's new to gardening organically) needs to get growing and keep a garden going strong all season.