Whether or not this book saves you any money, it's got assets. Not since Gilbertie's Home Gardening at Its Best (1977) has a gardening book been so entertaining in its approach (how to ""bring joy to Mudville"") and so pleasantly sensible in its pronouncements--why a Pretty Good Lawn is better than a perfect lawn. Nelson tells how to pinch the right pennies and avoid false economies. She recommends seed catalogues as ""the most upbeat literature in America,"" champions the newly popular use of black plastic sheets for mulch, and evaluates vegetables using reasonable criteria: corn, a taste sensation, is a ""space hog,"" beets, spinach, or summer squash are star boarders, and ""You have to be a real klutz to fail entirely with tomatoes."" Some may blanch at her ""Bring 'em back alive from your next trip"" injunction, resist the patio/poolside set of assumptions, and wish for more comprehensive coverage, but for beginners there's plenty to dig into.