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Go around your area and you will probably find many old men and women that have beautiful gardens. Just introduce yourself and be respectful. They are a great source for information. My first garden was preceded by talking to many old men for about 1.5 months. They gave me so much knowledge. I took all their ideas, which were very different techniques, and created my own version. My first garden was so successful that they all came by to see how I was doing and were amazed at what a beginner could do. In all cases I had come up with some idea that was better than theirs for a particular vegetable. They said they were proud to help a youngster that really wanted to do well. I still talk to some of these old men but most have passed away now, but I still have much of their knowledge. They live on through what they taught me. That is the best that any of us could dream of doing.