A gardener can choose the most beautiful plants and design the most beautiful landscape but if they don't know the basics of gardening their garden will be a dismal failure. Every good garden begins with the soil. Knowing the type of soil you have and what fertilizer to use is the first step to growing beautiful plants. The next most important thing is watering and light. Many a gardener has killed their favorite plant by not knowing it's water and light requirements. Addressing issues before they arise is key. Keep an eye out for garden pests and plant your seeds and plants at the right time of year. Finally, keep those tools well maintained and your gardening chores will be much easier. Remember, gardening is not only and art...it's a science!