Book review: Gardening Complete by Authors of Cool Springs Press.

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Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants – Authors of Cool Springs Press (George Weigel, Katie Elzer-Peters, Lynn Steiner, Dr. Jacqueline A. Soule, Jessica Walliser, Charlie Nardozzi, Rhonda Fleming Hayes, and Tara Nolan) – 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., Minnesota

I ♥ the concept of this book! Take eight highly knowledgeable and experienced garden experts and get them to write individual chapters covering essential gardening topics and bundle it all into one comprehensive volume. Everything you need to know to start a new garden or refresh a mature one is here: understanding soil, managing weeds, planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, composting, mulching, propagation, and harvesting. The detailed, accessible writing and sumptuous photography make this book a delight to browse AND the kind of reference you’ll find yourself going back to over and over again. The design chapters are also highly useful, addressing native plants, water-wise gardening, pollinator-friendly landscapes, and container and raised bed set-ups.  This is a well-researched and beautifully-presented project – definitely a recommended read!

*Quarto Publishing Group generously provided me with a copy of Gardening Complete; as always, my opinions about the book are my own.


  1. Hey Sheryl! This sounds like an ideal book for any type of gardener – whether novice or pro. 😉 Just one question- does it differentiate between the different zones as well?

    I am just curious. I think I might look into this for our gardening.


    • Hi, Kathy – hope you’re having a fantastic week so far! Yes, I’d definitely recommend this book for any level of gardener. As most of the topics in the book cover general garden prep, culture, etc., hardiness zones aren’t really required – it’s a “one size fits all” sort of thing so it will work for gardeners all across North America (and other places in the world as well). That being said, there are a few plant selections listed in the book in the native plant chapter etc. and they are not categorized by hardiness zone. We would have to look each plant up individually to figure out if they’re annuals or perennials here in Alberta.

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