A classic guide written and illustrated by an author with more than 40 years of experience as a garden writer, this single-volume reference to the basics of gardening covers everything from attracting birds and butterflies to the standard variations on grape arbors. Allan Swenson—the author of more than 50 books and writer of the syndicated "Gardener's Notebook" column—here shares the knowledge and advice of top arborists, horticulturalists, plant breeders and other experts, with an emphasis on organic gardening and growing food. He describes such subjects as container gardening and field layering, pruning and raised beds, compost bins and crop rotation.
"Packed with useful information about all aspects of gardening—especially when it comes to growing delicious fruits and vegetables. Allan Swenson's knowledge about gardening is truly impressive, and he shares his insights in an easy-to-understand manner that's perfect for gardeners of all experience levels."—Randall D. Schultz