Welcome to Gardening in the South! Before you buy the first packet of seed, we’ll tell you about the South’s unique soils and how to make the most of them. We’ll help you navigate fertilizer labels and select the ones that are right for your soil. From botany to plant propagation, you can understand how to grow strong plants and maximize the productive potential of your garden. Most importantly, we can help you create a vision, season it with inspiration, apply science and experience, and realize your dream of a beautiful garden. And for those special questions that reach beyond this book, we’ll help you connect to the deeper information resources of Cooperative Extension.