This is my first reference book on gardening. I chose it based on the excellent reviews on various blogs and amazon. Apparently most gardening books out there assume you have a plot of land outside to toil in; this book is great because it guides you toward plants that will succeed in containers and gives you tips specific to container gardening. In addition, it focuses a lot on edible plants and as that is my primary interest (although I'm starting to cast longing eyes at the little rose plants TJ is selling), I found this book especially useful.
Since I was starting with very little basic knowledge, this book also educated me on the basics of soil and fertilizing and watering etc. I would recommend this book to beginners anywhere (especially those who lack space and live in small apartments). Rate *****