Gardening for Beginners

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The “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening” is everything you wanted to know about gardening in one easy-to-use resource.
Every page in Beginners Illustrated Guide to Gardening is filled with helpful information for the beginning gardener.
The “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening” is everything you wanted to know about gardening in one easy-to-use resource.Click To Enlarge

The “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening” is everything you wanted to know about gardening in one easy-to-use resource.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

People who have been gardening for years forget what it was like to be a beginning gardener. They forget how many questions a beginner has about what to do, when to do it and how to get started.

But beginning gardeners have a friend in Katie Elzer-Peters.

Her new book is called “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started” (Cool Springs Press, 2012, $21.99). She wrote her book to give beginning gardeners the confidence they need to plant and grow beautiful gardens.

This is a complete, easy-to-use guide for growing. The full-color images show exactly how to do dozens of garden-related tasks from navigating a garden center to improving garden soil; from planting a tree to planting a container vegetable garden.

The book is divided into seven parts that include gardening basics, lawn care, trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables and finishing touches.

I think "Part One: Gardening Information Decoded" will be especially helpful to beginning gardeners. Some of the how-to instructions in this part include “How to Read a Plant Tag” and “How to Read a Fertilizer Label.” Those are two important subjects that can often be confusing.

Katie helps beginners learn “the lingo” of gardening, too. By translating the lingo, she clears up the mystery of what a sign says at the garden center and what it means to a gardener. For example, when the sign says, “drought-tolerant” it means “plants that don’t need extra water once they’ve been in the garden for a year.”

For each how-to, Katie includes a checklist of what beginners need for that gardening task. She also provides tips for success and additional information titled “Just Grow With It!”

Every gardener will appreciate the secrets she reveals in another special feature called “Instant Green Thumb.” In the “How to Care for Vegetables” instructions, she writes, “The secret to successful vegetable gardening is in the flowers. That’s right: planting flowers with your vegetables will lure pollinators, deter pests, and encourage visits from beneficial insects.”

Even though her book is loaded with solid gardening information, I think the best part is that it sounds like Katie's standing in the garden, ready to lend a hand. And in a way, she is.

(Cool Springs Press provided me with a free review copy of "Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening.")

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Comments (5)

joeypage42 writes: Giving good knowldge.
Posted: 5:41 am on August 6th
codymills writes: This is begning process of gardening.
Posted: 1:37 am on May 28th
cheppy writes: i like n wnt to own it..but i never buy with credit card or online,bside i dont have the card its still confusing me to complete the form in online..

is it posible to buy pay here at home..i really want it'thank u very much for your book ure great

sincerelly yours,
Posted: 12:59 pm on March 19th
WesternGardener writes: So nice to see you here, Annie! I appreciated your comments very much.
Posted: 4:54 pm on March 1st
PureManureTea writes: Ah, I love the shares on growing that come from the web pages of Western Gardeners Jodi Torpey. She bring us all growing information, trends and ideas that help us all grow and this post on the book authored by Katie is just more proof to Jodi's dedication to helping us all grow naturally!
Posted: 11:36 am on February 24th
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