I think there are some basic articles on the blog that might be good primers, such as the one about making new beds the easy way, with cardboard or newsprint: http://awaytogarden.com/cardboard-as-mulch or about fertilizers: http://awaytogarden.com/which-fertilizer and about composting: http://awaytogarden.com/composting-basics On the forums, there’s a good thread about mulch, and what makes a good mulch (or not). [flash=]http://www.awaytogarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=24&hilit=mulch[/flash] See if those provide some good beginnings–and tell me specific things you want to know and one of us can hopefully help. Is soil prep your biggest question? If so I can definitely talk about that particularly. Welcome!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.