To hone the many skills that will make you a better gardener, check out Gardening Basics from the editors of Fine Gardening magazine. Gardening Basics addresses common problems gardeners face. For more information on many of the subjects discussed in this publication, click on the links below for text and/or videos that will help you handle garden situations of all kinds.100 Skills That Will Make You a Better Gardener 6. Make Stubborn Hydrangeas BloomBig Flowers from Bigleaf HydrangeasHow to Prune Hydrangeas 17. Plant a ContainerA Great Pot Inspires its PlantingGreat Plants Deserve the Perfect Pot 20. Effectively Battle DeerWhat Deer Damage Looks Like 21. MulchMulch for a Healthy GardenMaking the Most of Mulch 27. Pinch a PinePruning Pines 30. Harvest SeedCollecting SeedsStoring Seeds 32. Train a VineTypes of Climbing Vines 34. Plant Bare-Root PlantsPlanting Ornamentals (Bare Root) 44. Pinch a PlantPinching ColeusPinching Stem Tips 45. Dry HerbsHow to Dry Herbs 47. Make Leaf MoldHow to Make Leaf Mold 49. Stake a TomatoHow to Support Tomatoes 53. Take a Picture of Your GardenTake Photos that Look as Good as Your Garden 55. Kill SlugsRidding Your Garden of Slugs and Snails 65. Secure and Plant a WindowboxThink Outside the Window BoxHerbs for Every Window Box73. Buy a Quality ContainerThe Perfect Pot 83. Site a TreeA Bold Border of Trees and Shrubs 94. Build a Rain BarrelBuild a Rain Barrel Related Articles Come Talk Roses with Paul Zimmerman on Facebook! Promising News From Iowa Q&A: Some flowers can change color Todmorden: The Town Where You're Allowed to Eat the Park View the discussion thread.