This comprehensive revised and updated best-selling full-color edition contains all new illustrations, photos, tips, and tricks for everything from organic fertilizing and composting to rotating a vegetable garden and instructions to help make your garden beautiful.
The best just got better. Reader’s Digest’s best-selling gardening book is totally revised and updated with hundreds of new plant varieties and all 4-color photos illustrations, plus ALL-ORGANIC solutions and simple projects for eco- friendly gardening.
Written by experts, this full-color edition contains all new illustrations, photos, tips, and tricks for everything from organic fertilizing and composting to rotating a vegetable garden. Diagrams on beneficial bugs, weeds, and plant disorders, sections on bulb care for both outdoor and indoor planting, proper sowing of annuals, and properly planting perennials help make your garden beautiful, every year. And it’s all presented in clear, easy-to-understand language.
This practical guide is a refreshing gardening sourcebook that features:
* All-new 2,500 full-color stunning photographs and 800 full-color practical step- by-step diagrams and illustrations
* An extensive plant directory of more than 700 plants-plus hundreds of new plant varieties-listed by common and botanical names
* New information on eco-friendly gardening-including recipes for non-toxic fertilizer and disease & pest controls-as well as recommendations for planting to attract hummingbirds or repel deer
* Over 200 pages of charts that provide easy-to-access information on the latest trends in plants, problem-solving tips, new hardiness zone maps, and more
* All-new organic garden guidance-how to garden safely without nasty chemicals, from planting and fertilizing to pest control
* Directions for specialized and trustworthy gardening websites where gardeners can get additional information
* Comprehensive index that features cross-referenced common and botanical names for absolute accuracy
With All New Illustrated Guide to Gardening as your guide, you’ll be designing and implementing a gorgeous organic garden in no time.
I have a shelf-full of gardening books collected over the years and wish this book were available when I started getting serious about gardening. It covers all the information on plants and techniques a beginner/intermediate gardener needs to know (someone at the master gardener level might find it less useful). The lists of plants with preferred growing condition (light, water, soil texture, soil pH) are especially useful. Detailed instruction and illustration make it easy to follow the techniques. It would’ve been even better if it also covered garden design, plant maintenance, and plant toxicity.
(Too Much Information) and I say that in a good way! This tome is filled with answers to every conceivable question you might have on gardening. We purchased two and gave one to a beginning gardener son in law. He has his first garden in and is thrilled. We are old duffers at gardening, but new information comes in all the time and this book has it! We recommend it for new or OLD gardeners.
This is simply the best, most thorough comprehensive gardening guide I have come across. It is packed with information on many gardening topics, including lots of tables of data. It even includes selection guides for species for specific purposes, such as annuals or perrenials for wet, dry, sunny or shady locations, acidic soils, for rock or water gardens, for attracting butterflies, for cut or dried flowers, and for deer or rabbit resistant plants. Pruning guides are extensive and specific for different plants. There may be specific books which provide more detail for some gardening topics, but I think this book would meet all general requirements for information. I also like that it provides information for controlling pests and diseases without the use of chemical insecticides, herbicides, or sprays. The book is attractive and very well-illustrated, which encourages its use and also stimulates one’s interest in trying some of the things described. If you are looking for a “complete gardening book,” I would recommend this one, whether you are a gardening hobbiest or if you teach horticulture (as I do).
This book is nothing short of amaizing. They have done their homework and have created a book that’s for anyone that has even a hint of a green thumb in them. Awesome illustrations and descriptions of each plant type with hints on what common problems are associated with them. We purchased this book as a gift for my mom and I’m probably going to buy one for myself.
A great guide for a first time gardener. I love the pictures and the advice, I reference this book all the time. I was borrowing this book from the library, but purchased by own copy from Amazon to have on the bookshelf all the time. (My garden is looking great too!)
What a wonderful book! I have the original version from 30 years ago, but this newest version is even better. Updated pictures, many in color. Updated techniques. Updated for the many new varieties and hybrids. And the best of all, updated with all new organic solutions to help keep our family as healthy and safe as possible. Yes, a wonderful book.
The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Now All Organic is a wonderful reference for the novice, hobby, and experienced gardener. It provides a comprehensive guide to a wide variety of backyard garden and decorative plants both annual and perennial. My dad has used it for many years and now I have my own. Highly recommended.
- I’ve been using this book for the past three weeks to help improve my current garden and take care of new fruit trees I planted this year. The organic angle is appreciated, as the answer isn’t always “spray with X”. They’ll tell you when to use an “organic” chemical and when you should through in the towel (pull it out).
The care of apple, cherry, and peach trees has been very useful in knowing how and when to prune them. It provided very specific details of when and how to prune these trees which I didn’t even find in the booklet provided by the tree farm.
The beneficial insect section is good, but I’d like to see identification of bad insects also. I did find some answers when reading about specific plants (I have Mexican beetle larvae on my beans).
The non-veg/fruit sections are also good, and I think provide some good insight into planning and care that I found to be weak in BHG Home Garden book, which is better for specific plant id.
This is an excellent book for both beginners and amateurs. I find it to be good primary book to compliment Internet and State Co-Op Ext resources.