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Learn about the basics of organic gardening, from what an "organic garden" is to what the benefits are of gardening organically. This is also the place to learn more about common organic gardening terms and practices.
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Tips for Making the Switch to Organic Gardening
If you're interested in making the switch to using organic methods in your garden, you may be wondering where to start. Here are some tips for changing to organic gardening practices.

What is Deep Organic Gardening?
If you are interested in growing a garden that is "beyond organic," you may want to learn a bit more about "deep organic gardening," Here are the basics.

Share Your Organic Gardening Blog
About.com Organic Gardening community members share their own organic gardening blogs. See submissions

How to Tell How Deeply Seeds Should Be Planted
Sometimes we lose the seed packet, with all of its wonderful planting instructions, or we get some seeds from a friend, minus helpful instructions. How can you tell how deeply to sow seeds in your garden? There is an easy trick to figure it out.

What does it mean when instructions say "plant as soon as soi…
What does it mean when planting instructions say to plant "as soon as soil can be worked"? Here's how you can tell if it's the right time to plant.

Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Garden Plants
Next time you boil or steam some vegetables, you might want to consider saving the water.

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an important facet of organic gardening. This article explains the basics of Integrated Pest Management.

What is Organic Gardening?
What is organic gardening, and how is it different from regular gardening? This article answers the question by providing three major tenets of organic gardening.

When is My First and Last Frost Date?
This table shows, at a glance, what the first and last frost dates are for each USDA hardiness zone.

What is Organic Gardening?
This article and slideshow explains the basic concepts behind organic gardening, as well as common organic gardening practices.

Hardiness Zone Map
This map will help you figure out which zone your garden is in. This information is very important in determining planting dates, as well as figuring out which plants will thrive in your garden.

Choosing Organic Gardening Over Conventional
Why do so many people embrace organic gardening as a healthy alternative to conventional gardening? The reasons can vary from gardener to gardener, but here are a few of the most popular reasons to start gardening organically.

Why Did You Decide to Become an Organic Gardener?
About.com Organic Gardening readers share their personal reasons for becoming organic gardeners.See submissions

The Benefits of Composting
What are the benefits of composting in your garden? There are several, both in terms of garden health and reducing the amount of waste we produce.

What is Guerilla Gardening?
Ever wondered what guerilla gardening is? A quick explanation and a bit of background on the term.

How to Make Seed Balls
Here is a recipe and instructions for making your own seed balls, either for your own garden or to use when guerilla gardening.

Five Good Bugs for Your Organic Garden
Here are five of the best bugs to welcome into your yard, and how to attract them to your garden.

Open Pollinated, Self Pollinated, Heirloom, and Hybrid: What is the Difference?
The terms open-pollinated, self-pollinated, heirloom, and hybrid can be confusing. This article explains what each term means, and provides examples of plants that fit each type.

Tips for Extending the Gardening Season
Here are tips for extending your gardening season using low tunnels, cold frames, and other methods.

How to Save Lettuce Seeds from Your Garden
Learn how to save seeds from your favorite heirloom lettuces! It's easy, and you'll save money and never run out of seeds of your favorite varieties.

How to Save Bean Seeds from Your Garden
Beans are among the easiest plants to save seeds from in your garden. With the right timing and a bit of organization, you can keep growing your favorite bean varieties year after year...for free!

How to Save Cucumber Seeds from Your Garden
If you have an heirloom cucumber variety that you absolutely love growing, saving seeds from it is a fairly straightforward process. Here's how to do it!

How Does Day Length Affect Plants?
If you've ever wondered about how day length affects the growth, blooming, and fruiting of your garden plants, here's a quick explanation.

What is the Safe Seed Pledge?
What does it mean when your favorite seed catalog announces that it has taken the Safe Seed Pledge? Here is a quick explanation of the pledge, and what it means for gardeners.

How Can I Avoid Using Monsanto Products in My Garden?
If you (like many organic gardeners) would rather avoid using Monsanto products in your garden for ethical reasons, this article will give you some tips for avoiding seeds owned by Monsanto and its subsidiaries.

Organic House Plants: Purchasing and Growing
Wondering how to be more "green" when buying and growing houseplants? Here are a few tips for making your indoor garden a healthy place for both plants and people.

How to Winter Sow
Winter sowing is an easy seed starting method: No lights, no cell packs or peat pellets. It takes its cues from Mother Nature, and saves the gardener a lot of effort in the process.

Grow Plants from the Produce Aisle
Here is an idea for a fun gardening project to do yourself, or with kids -- grow plants from produce aisle cast-offs!

Garden Chores for September
Wondering what you need to do in your garden in September? This handy guide, organized by zone, is a great way to figure out what needs to happen this month.

Garden Design Basics: Planning a Shrub Border
Tips for planning and planting a shrub border.

Garden Design Basics: Texture and Focal Point
Here are things to think about when planning your own garden.

Common Seed-Starting Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them
Here are five of the most common mistakes gardeners make when planting seeds. By keeping an eye out for some of these issues, you will have better success starting seeds for your organic garden.

Five Must-Have Watering Tools for Your Organic Garden
Here are five must-have watering tools to make watering your organic garden simpler and more organized. With these five items, you can tackle any watering chore with ease.

November Organic Gardening To-Do List
November gardening to-do list for organic gardeners.

Tips for Reading a Seed Catalog
Here are some of the terms you need to know to read a seed catalog with confidence.

Understanding the Laws About Organic Gardening
There is a difference between the term "organic" on a label, and using organic gardening methods at home. Learn about the legalities of commercial organic gardening and get access to official resources.

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