Knowing even the basics behind green gardening can put you on the right path -- or plot. But keep in mind that gardening takes a trial-and-error approach, and the more information you have, the better. These four books offer invaluable information and advice.

"Grow Organic" by Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser

This is the ultimate guide, offering the basics behind the organic method and instructions on everything from composting to seed saving -- all in a lively, fun tone.

"Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way" by Charles Dowding

If you're looking for more specifics on particular vegetables, this is the book. Dowding provides tips on sowing, growing, harvesting, and pest and disease management.

"The Garden Primer" by Barbara Damrosch

While not specifically an organic guide, Damrosch adheres to its basic principles and gives invaluable advice on landscape design.

"The Organic Home Garden" by Patrick Lima

While just a basic guide to organic gardening, the photographs and drawings in this book provide visual aid.


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