Gardening Complete (Hardcover)

How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants

By Editors of Cool Springs Press

Cool Springs Press, 9780760357651, 376pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2018

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Gardening Complete is the most up-to-date and complete guide to gardening for homeowners. Inside, eight of North America’s top gardening experts—and Cool Springs Press authors—present 19 subjects of critical interest to anyone who wants to learn or broaden gardening skills. Whether your main interest is in designing landscapes and gardens, ornamental gardening to make your yard more attractive, or gardening to provide nutritious edibles for the family table, this book will become your definitive source of information. It is intended for serious beginning to intermediate gardeners, but even veteran gardeners will be intrigued by what these experts have to say about core gardening skills and common horticultural subjects.
Gardening Complete is a practical book that demonstrates how to accomplish the routine activities of gardening, including: planning and planting your garden, essential care for the garden during the growing season, dealing with pests and diseases, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. While many gardening books focus on regional plant species or devote large sections to some form of plant catalog, this book is different. Gardening Complete serves not only as a self-contained manual for gardening skills and information in all regions, but also as a sampler that may help you determine where to focus your gardening hobby in the future or even help you identify authors you’d like to explore further. Each of the eight authors has an impressively broad background in publishing and lecturing on gardening, and you may discover a new favorite writer in these pages. We haven’t just allowed these authorities to express their individual views—we’ve encouraged them to do so. As is true in a healthy garden, we’ve aimed at diversity for this book.
This book is not an organic gardening book per se, but if you have any previous familiarity with Cool Springs Press or any of these authors, you will know that we tend to take a low-impact approach to gardening. Thus, our authors generally offer advice that is gentle to the soil, to the environment, and to beneficial insects and animals. 
Success in your yard and garden awaits you with the help of Gardening Complete. Our authros are among the most passionate gardeners you will ever meet, and they have helped thousands of home gardeners just like you.

About the Author

The Editors of Cool Springs Press have produced the highest quality DIY home improvement books for more than 30 years. In conjunction with the experts at BLACK+DECKER™ they have combined resources to create more than 200 home improvement titles that provide consumers and weekend DIYers with the information they need to get the job done right. Their books have set the standard for do-it-yourself publishing, featuring clear, professional photography and concise step-by-step instructions that get straight to the point. View our full catalog at or connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (@quartohomes), or Pinterest (

Praise For Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants

Every section reads like a separate mini-book with detailed information presented in each writer’s style. Use of the word “complete’ in the book’s title might seem a bit of an exaggeration, but every facet of creating an abundant and beautiful garden is discussed.
- Triangle Gardener

an ideal resource for any gardener’s library
- Susan's In The Garden Blog

This book covers a lot of territory. It’s a great basic gardening book that will be highly beneficial for novice gardeners to add to their personal library. There’s so much useful information in this book, I couldn’t pick a favorite chapter.
- The Farmer's Garden up-to-date, thorough encyclopedia of gardening that walks you through the garden and many of its scenarios. In this 376-page book, you’ll find answers to just about any garden question.
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