The single most important item needed to succeed with aquarium plants is adaquate lighting. As Jim Kelly explains, this need not be expensive.
Jim Kelly has experimented extensively to discover an economical and practical substrate recipe.
Central to Jim Kelly's substrate recipe is the use of buried fertilizer tablets.
The most common cause of failure, after low light levels, is an inadaquate supply of carbon dioxide. Jim Kelly describes the economical yeast method of CO2 production, which he learned from Thomas Narten.
Healthy planted aquariums generally do not have algae problems. Jim Kelly describes why this is, and how to control problem algae.
Here is Jim Kelly's description of how to physically plant an aquarium.
Planted aquariums have special needs regarding the use of filters.
Further comments about water chemistry, recommended test kits, and a cheap source for aquarium equipment and supplies.