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Gardening Basics

Growing a garden can be a big commitment in time, money, and effort. If you are going to be successful, it is important to build a solid knowledge about how to raise a garden effectively. The articles listed below are designed to give you the basic skill set needed to grow a bountiful backyard garden.

Planning your Garden

The first, and most important, step for new gardeners is to create a detailed plan for your garden. An in depth plan will save you a great deal of time and money in the long run. The articles below will help you successfully plan your garden.

Choosing a Garden Site

Garden Layout

Choosing the Right Vegetables for your Garden

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Covert your Lawn into a Garden

Top 10 Tips for Growing a Beautiful Garden


Soil is the foundation of your garden and almost always requires adjustments when you are first starting out. The articles below will provide you with tips and tricks on how to create perfect loamy soil from which your garden can thrive.

Soil Basics

Understanding Soil Nutrients

How to Test Soil

Improve Soil Texture

Plant Seeds

Every vegetable type has a wide selection of varieties, also known as cultivars. Each variety has its own unique characteristics and growth requirements. The articles below will help you choose the right seeds to plant in your garden.

How to Choose the Best Seeds for your Garden

Seeding Outdoors

Controlling Weeds, Pests, and Disease

How to Control Weeds in your Garden

The Benefits of Weeds

Common Plant Pathogens