Edited by Ruth Lively

The Taunton Press, $24.95, 298 pages

Do you want to grow the best veggies this season? You’ll jump for your trowel and watering can when you get your hands on this guide to gardening. Whether you are a beginner or long-time sower of seeds, this book will be a much loved and much used addition to any collection. Taunton’s Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables & Herbs is just that – complete. If you have wondered where and when to plant seeds, follow the tips and hints in this book to ensure success. The text is understandable and the pictures are beautiful. Don’t be surprised to find you want to display it on your coffee table. Editor Ruth Lively has had decades of experience planting and organizing gardens. There is a comprehensive section about creating a user friendly design. Do you have space on a deck, rooftop, playground or city street? Regardless, there is a beautiful way to construct a garden using the space you have. The second section covers each vegetable and herb with emphasis on harvesting, pests and varieties. Over 80 crops are highlighted. If you want to save money and take control of what you eat, get started today.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin