The book begins with the author providing new gardeners with a reality check. She offers estimates of the dollar cost to create gardens of certain sizes as well as how much time weekly is required to keep the gardens productive. She also suggests that home gardens should be installed for pleasure and for access to the freshest vegetables, not for expecting ample savings on food costs. Burke’s book is filled with witty, easily-read information. The facts are intermixed with humorous stories of her mistakes while attaining her self-taught gardening expertise.