With some, the home vegetable garden is a hobby; with others,especially in these days of high prices, a great help. There are manyin both classes whose experience in gardening has been restrictedwithin very narrow bounds, and whose present spare time for gardeningis limited. It is as "first aid" to such persons, who want to dopractical, efficient gardening, and do it with the least possible fussand loss of time, that this book is written. In his own experience theauthor has found that garden books, while seldom lacking ininformation, often do not present it in the clearest possible way. Ithas been his aim to make the present volume first of all practical, andin addition to that, though comprehensive, yet simple and concise. If it helps to make the way of the home gardener more clear and definite,its purpose will have been accomplished.