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How to Garden: A Beginners Guide from Soil Preparation to Harvest

Updated on June 24, 2014

Sometimes finding information on various gardening issues can be difficult, not to mention time consuming. While there are many places to find information related to gardening, finding a starting point and then getting quality content can be hard in the Information Age. Here, I have a great compilation of hubs that I'm sure will aid you in your garden. I've done this, as opposed to making one mega-hub, because some folks may be looking for information about soil issues, or pest problems. Others may be looking to get the whole picture. Putting multiple hubs which go in depth into these areas of interest allows you, the reader, to get the whole picture. Creating one hub that goes start to finish usually entails leaving out details that are necessary to anyone who truly wants to learn.

Start from the ground up

Gardening, landscaping, or just planting flowers in the front yard can be relaxing and fun, not to mention rewarding. However, many gardeners-old and new-forget that it starts from the ground up, literally! That's why understanding soil preparation can be so vital in success, regardless of what it is you're planting.

How to Prepare Your Soil for Success

Fertilizing and Composting to Improve Your Soil

Better Boy Tomato
Better Boy Tomato

Plant for success

Knowing what to grow can be the source of some frustration for the novice and pro alike. Sometimes, the sheer number of options can be more than we want to deal with. This can be especially true if you are new to the hobby or trying out a new crop. Here are a few easy to grow garden crops and common varieties to try out.

12 East to Grow Veggies for the New Gardner

Leaf with Potassium (K) Deficiency
Leaf with Potassium (K) Deficiency

Know your nutrients

Building up a fertile bed for your gardening or landscaping project is a very important first step, but sometimes it's hard to tell what problems you're having. Did you know that your garden, lawn, or landscape could be telling you what the problem is? Understand what you're plants can be telling you about the macro or micro-nutrient deficiencies without testing.

How to Identify and Treat Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Tomato Hornworm
Tomato Hornworm

Don't let pests take over

One issue every gardener faces is that of pests in the garden. Whether you're having problems with bugs or animals, there is a way to keep them out of your precious plants. Knowing what these pests are and how to get them out of your garden can be the difference between having a great harvest and losing everything.

How to Identify and Treat Common Garden Pests

No disease, no worries

While you may never actually see the diseases that can be spread through the garden, they are a possibility. Pests and weeds can allow them to gain access to your beautiful garden and they can create a mess, not to mention kill of an entire area quickly.

Know how to Identify and Eliminate Common Garden Diseases

Lamb's Quarter
Lamb's Quarter

Stop the weeds


No one likes to see weeds in the garden or landscape, but weeds can be more of an issue than just an eyesore. They take up space, nutrients, water, and sunlight that your plants need to grow strong.

How to Identify and Eliminate Common Weeds

Know the tricks of the trade

Over time, we all learn tips and tricks that can help be a better gardener. However, you don't have to wait, I've compiled quite a few interesting tips and tricks for you to use and share with fellow gardeners in your neighborhood.

20 Tips and Tricks to Better Gardening

9 Ways to Garden While Recycling

Let Me Know What You Think

I truly enjoy sharing my gardening knowledge and I have to know, did you enjoy these hubs? If you have anything you'd like to see more on, please let me know in the comments below.

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