Organic Gardening Advice: 
Our Complete Garden Know-How Series

Being a lifelong gardener means being a lifelong learner — and the learning process can be one of the most exciting aspects of growing your own food. Each year, you’ll build your knowledge bank based on experience and the gardening advice of others, and then apply new techniques as you enjoy bigger and better harvests.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have 40-plus-year tradition of arming gardeners with practical, straightforward organic gardening advice, and in recent years, much of this advice has been relayed via our popular Garden Know-How department. Written by expert gardener and award-winning writer Barbara Pleasant, this series brings you info on everything from composting and watering basics to more specific topics such as attracting native bees and gardening with chickens. This is your one-stop page for organic gardening essentials.

This collection of articles is also available in our Food Gardening Guide app.


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