Theresa Youssef's Vegetable Gardening for Beginners explains in simple terms a layperson can understand the information you need to know to grow vegetables and herbs like a pro. It is divided into 6 parts.
Part 1, entitled "Basics," is divided into 9 chapters.
Chapter 1, entitled "the Benefits of Gardening," explains that gardening is not only a source of fresh, tasty, and nutritious vegetables and herbs, but also a therapy for the body and soul. Gardening activity is good physical exercise. The garden is a place where the family get together to enjoy, learn, explore, and have fun. It keeps youngsters occupied and out of trouble and is a pastime for seniors. Additionaly, growing your vegetables and herbs successfully seves money.
Chapter 2, "Essentials of Successful Gardening," explains the information you need to know to be a successful gardener. After a close reading of this chapter, you will know more about growing vegetables and herbs than many who have been gardening for years.
Chapter 3 explains how to plan for your garden. The minimum space each vegetable plant needs and the yield per plant are given. The vegetables are grouped according to their ability to withstand cold weather into "very-hardy," "hardy," "tender," and "very-tender." Also explained in this chapter how to plant more than one crop in one season even if you live in a cool area.
Chapter 4 explains the factors you should consider when deciding whether to grow vegetables from seeds or seedlings. Leftover seeds can be used in the following years.
Chapter 5 explains organic gardening, which is a method of growing vegetables and herbs without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Chapter 6 explains the benefits of earthworms and how to increse their number in your garden.
Chapter 7 explains how to grow vegetables and herbs in containers.
Chapter 8 discusses 2 major vegetable garden pests, animals and harmful insects.
Chapter 9 explains the contribution of home-grown vegetables and herbs to good health.
The following 22 chapters describe how to grow 18 of the most popular vegetables and 4 herbs. For consistency, the information is organized in the same order for all the vegetables.
The vegetables are grouped in 4 parts according to their hardiness and the herbs are grouped in another part.