From the book jacket
Whether you're a complete beginner or a keen gardener, there are always times when it would help to have a reliable expert at your side. In How to be a Gardener, Alan Titchmarsh draws on his knowledge and passion for gardening, and his many years of experience, to give you a comprehensive guide that explores every aspect of your garden and how it works.
In this the first of two volumes, Alan starts with the basics, covering the absolute essentials that every gardener needs to know. He includes information on how plants work and what they need to survive, as well as advice on where to begin if you're a first-time gardener. Step-by-step techniques cover everything from sowing seeds and arranging plants in a border, to laying a lawn and pruning. Alan also gives detailed advice on weeds, pests and diseases, with close-up photos to help you spot all the problems you are likely to encounter.
In setting out the basic gardening principles and explaining the "hows" and "whys", Alan gives the novice confidence and increases the skills and understanding of more experienced gardeners, too. With his down-to-earth approach and ability to keep things simple, Alan will guide you every step of the way to becoming a successful gardener.
"I want you to get a feel for gardening ... to use all your senses--touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing--to make you a good gardener.--Alan Titchmarsh