If you’re a novice gardener who loves to read, you should keep your eye out for these books. It is always fun to learn the ins and outs of gardening yourself, but you can save yourself some trouble (and a few plants) by learning from the experts.

How to raise a plant and make it love you back – by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding

This book is aimed at a younger generation of gardeners. The authors are experts at raising indoor plants, and have quite a large following on Instagram. Through colorful photographs and great advice, this book provides great value for novice gardeners of today. The book will be released in October of 2018.

Please keep my orchid alive!: Advice for the orchid home grower – by Javier Rodriguez and Leslie Rodriguez

This book is designed to help new orchid growers keep their plants alive and healthy. Of all plants, orchids are some of the more difficult to tend to. There is a lot to consider in terms of light, food, airflow, humidity, watering, potting, etc. This book will tell you all about their growth cycles and common issues to put you on the fast track to healthy plants.

Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A beginner’s guide to starting a healthy garden – by Deborah L. Martin and Margaret Magrikie Berg

When starting gardening as a hobby, all beginners need solid information. If an organic garden is your goal, this is the perfect book for you. Martin divulges skills, techniques, and other need-to-know information in growing-season order to help you succeed in your new passion. The information is complemented by beautiful illustrations, created by Margaret Berg. Even if you’re an experienced gardener who is new to organic gardening, this is a great option.

The Complete How to be a Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh

When you’re first starting a garden, it is helpful to have an expert by your side. Even if you can’t have one in-person, this is the next best thing. BBC TV star Alan Titchmarsh covers the fundamentals of gardening with step-by-step techniques to help you master your new garden. It is a great mix of inspiring ideas and useful information.

There are hundreds of great books out there for gardeners with any specific interests. If you love succulents, there are books for that. If you want to start a greenhouse, there are books for that, as well. Trial-and-error is a good way to learn, but before starting your gardening adventures, you should learn as much as you can about the kind of gardening you’d like to do.