The Q&A Archives: What is the best book on Gardening for beginners?

Question: My family wants to plant a vegetable garden this year and have no experience. I need a basic gardening 'bible' that will cover everything from soil prep, layout, planting times, to pest control. Can you make some suggestions?

Answer: If I had to recommend only one basic vegetable gardening book for vegetable gardeners in Texas, it would have to be The Vegetable Book: A Texan's Guide to Gardening by Dr. Sam Cotner. It is a good, basic treatise on the most common veggies and how to grow them.

My first choice for a book that goes beyond the basics is Commonsense Vegetable Gardening for the South by Bill Adams and Tom LeRoy. This book is also very practical and offers much more info on some of the not-so-common vegetables you can grow.

Another is Complete Guide to Texas Gardening by Neil Sperry. This book offers vegetable information plus fruit, landscape ornamentals, lawns, etc.

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