By Steve Solomon. The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening, 6th Edition. This is the best book to start with if you are new to West Coast gardening. Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades features basic info on soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizing, efficient water usage and planning, but it is also filled with up-to-date tips on seed sources and new growing and cultivation techniques. Featuring an Earth-friendly focus on organic gardening practices, the book helps readers acquire a foundation of master-gardening knowledge that they can use to organize and plan their own gardens however they want. 18.5 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm, 339 pages.