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GardenMaintenanceIconIn almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener. --Robert Rodale

This section provides you with some Gardening 101. Given the variations from region to region, remember to refer to your local county extension office for answers to specific questions not addressed in this guide.

As a general rule of thumb, the healthier your practices are along the way, the less problems you will have maintaining your garden. While there are exceptions to every rule, the truth is that good habits make a big difference; you know that when you eat right, exercise and take the time to smell the roses you are probably not going to need to have your doctor on speed dial. The same is true of your garden. Build a healthy soil by fertilizing with nutrient-rich compost, purchase healthy plants and be sure to water regularly (ideally first thing in the morning or in the early evening). Mulch to prevent weeds, and plant crops that attract beneficial insects (who will help you by eating up the harmful ones).

Refer to this section for an overview of options - i.e. to learn about the various types of watering methods, mulches, and fertilzers so you can choose what is best for you - and for basic information that will help you tend to your garden's needs.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. - Margaret Atwood