Hi, Traditionally I have a "black" thumb. I can bring any ANIMAL back from the brink of death and cause it to flourish for longer than its natural lifespan. But when it comes to gardening or plants in general, I seem to just do everything wrong I try to do what I learned from my mother, who was always successful, I try to consider the location(s) and all that....I think I need a "teacher". So what I am hoping is that someone could recommend to me a "How to Garden" book for absolute total beginners book (maybe even if it was for kids, that way I'd be sure to understand it)....or "Gardening for Dummies"--is there such a thing? Anyhow, I'm looking for something that's clear, easy to read, written for the non-gardener, so I can learn something about growing veggies. I planted so many things this year and a lot never came up, and some came up but grew SOOO slow that now I don't think I can eat it....like my lettuce...anyhow....I think I would like to learn more about what I didn't do right etc...so if any of you have any recommendations for me, I'd greatly appreciate it!!!! P.S. I live in Minnesota, if that helps you any. Thanks in advance.