OK. Having recently decided that our family needs to become as self sufficient as possible, the first, obvious thing to do is to plant a garden this year. We live on a large, double, city lot, so there is plenty of room. I got the recent issue of Mother Earth News last week, and read the article in there about mulching. So, this weekend we are tilling, and laying a genrerous portion of hay down (which was given to us, since it got wet, or something). My main problem is that I have the exact opposite of a green thumb. I am very nervous about starting a garden, and spending money on seeds, etc, and then having everything die! Can anyone suggest websites that have gardening basics, from scratch? Dumbed down, so I can understand it? Feel free to suggest books, also, but it's not in my budget to buy any for about a month or so. And if it's any help, I live in Oregon. Thanks in advance for any help.