An attempt -- and a nice try -- to guide the home owner in planning and working for ""automatic"" gardening so that lack of time and hired help will not make his hobby impossible. With the first step to decide on the use of space and the use of different types of terrain, the second consideration is trees; then come foundation plantings, shrubs, the lawn, walks and drives, boundary plantings of hedges and climbing plants, flowers and vegetables, herbs and fruits and berries -- with consideration given to whether it is a setting for a new house to be built or an established one. Other sections cover special projects (water and herb gardens, etc.), being sensible about tools, information on soils, plant foods, pests and diseases, and a working schedule for the winter. An over-all look at a favorite country sport, this requires close cooperation to make the ""minimum labor"" ideal work but should afford avid planners a sense of being soundly counselled.