ig 592-page down-to-earth book on the basics of gardening covers a lot of ground. There are zone maps drawn from the Plant Hardiness Zone Map of 1960 to give a definite idea of what can grow in fourteen basic areas, covered in very brief articles by regional experts. After helping with a master plan, the editors go on to soil, an enduring lawn (with 25 other ground covers than grass listed), trees for shade and blossom, flowering shrubs, evergreens, hedges, vines, perennials, (with lists of twelve good varieties of phlox, etc.), annuals (42 good ones), bulbs to answer the question, ""How can I have very early flowers?"", roses, camellias. There are recommendations for shade and wild gardens, forty shrubs and trees that feed and shelter birds, the garden pool, rock gardens and planted walls; kitchen vegetable and herb gardens (with information on pest control), fruits and nuts. Care -- runing, proper watering, mulching summer gardens, protection in winter, fighting disease and pests, is considered. How to handle nursery plants, grow plants from seeds, cuttings, layers, hybridizing, grafting; how to construct walks, steps, walls, atios, fences, cold frames, etc.; growing plants indoors, and miscellaneous information on tools and where to apply for further material complete the volume. The easy-does-it approach is suited to beginners, but the catchall of information will be helpful to those looking into new areas of gardening as well.