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Starting a Garden

Starting a new garden is always easier with a little planning. Knowing something about your site, your soil, your choice of plants and how to make them all work together will help you create a garden that's a pleasure to work in and enjoy.

How to Start a Garden
Starting a garden isn't hard, but it's smart to put some thought into it, before you break ground. Whether this is you first effort at creating a garden or you want to brush up on your skills, the following articles contain useful information to make you a better gardener.

Making a Garden - How to Start a New Garden
Starting your first garden shouldn't be a daunting task. Probably the best piece of advice is - Start Small. If you're frozen in your steps, wondering what to plant, where to plant it, how to not kill it..., here's a bottom line Step-by-Step primer for you.

Tips for a Better Garden
Great gardeners seem to know all the little secrets for making plants happy. Luckily, gardeners love to share almost as much as they love to talk about their gardens. Here's a collection of quick gardening tips and ideas to make your garden better. Feel free to share you gardening quick tips too.

Choosing Healthy Plants
When selecting plants for your garden or home, check the overall health of the whole nursery as well as the plants you are choosing. Watching for signs of insects, disease, stress and abuse can pay off big in the long run.

Amending Your Garden Soil - Making Good Soil out of Bad
Most garden plant problems are caused by poor soil. Here are some tips for determining what good soil is, what kind of soil is in your garden and how to improve it.

Air Circulation for Plants
How often have you heard the recommendation to "provide good air flow" for your plants? Have you ever really considered what that means?

Raised Bed Gardening
Raised bed gardening refers to gardening in soil that has been mounded or contained higher than the surrounding soil. Raised bed gardening is an old gardening practice, but it’s currently growing in popularity again because it offers several advantages to simply growing your plants in level ground. Here are some tips on why raised bed gardening should be considered and how to get started with a raised bed.

Raised Bed Garden Kits
Raised bed gardening refers to gardening in soil that has been mounded or contained higher than the surrounding soil. Raised bed gardening is an old gardening practice, but it’s currently growing in popularity again because it offers several advantages to simply growing your plants in level ground. Here are some easy kits for building your own raised bed.

Safe Digging for Gardeners and Do-It-Yourselfers - Call 811!
Gardeners and other do-it-yourselfers now have help when contacting their utility companies before digging in their yards. A new 811 number will connect you with a national operator who can get the professionals you need out to your property in a matter of days. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of this service and keep you, your family and your home safe.

How to Harden Off Plants
Young, pampered seedlings will need a period to adjust and acclimate to outdoor conditions, prior to planting in the garden. This transition period is called "hardening off". Hardening off plants gradually exposes the tender plants to wind, sun and rain and toughens them up. There are 3 approaches to hardening off plants.

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