Whether you're new to gardening or experienced, everyone needs some gardening basics to get going!

In this category, you'll find a wealth of information that spans a wide number of topics. From seed starting to grow bag gardening, pruning tips to raised bed tricks, you'll find the fundamentals of gardening awaiting you here.

While it's optimized towards new gardeners, even a pro can find useful tips in our Basics category. We all need to get back to basics sometimes, and there are always useful tools and tips that other gardeners have developed along the way to add to your own practices.

Our Basics category can inspire you to new gardening heights, too. Those who have experience with in-ground planting can learn about other techniques such as raised beds or vertical gardening.

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28 Invasive Plants to Avoid in The Southeast

If you live in the Southeastern United States, you are probably already familiar with some of the most common invasive plant species. Learn to recognize your region's invasive plants so you can keep them out of your landscape. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen will introduce 28 common invasive species of the Southeast and better alternatives for each.

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Can You Use Halloween Straw Bales In Your Garden?

If you want to reuse your Halloween decor but are hesitant about the potential chemicals, weeds, or pathogens in straw bales, former organic farmer Logan Hailey has quick tips for deciphering between hay and straw bales, plus a guide to safely using straw bales without risking herbicide contamination.

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How to Thin Seedlings For A Productive Garden 

Have you ever wondered why you should thin your seedlings and what the best way is to do so? Which crops need to be thinned? Join gardening expert and organic farmer Jenna Rich as she goes through the hows, whens, and whys of thinning seedlings for healthy plants.

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How to Get Rid of Your Lawn: Say Goodbye to Grass

Are you burnt out with your grassy lawn and ready to try something else? There are plenty of beautiful, interesting, and beneficial alternatives to a turfgrass lawn. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen explores the wonderful world of gardening beyond grass.

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17 Tips for a Bird-Friendly Garden

Do you enjoy bird watching, bird feeding, or simply knowing that birds enjoy your garden? There are many ways that gardeners can create a bird-friendly landscape. In this article, gardening and wildlife expert Liessa Bowen offers 17 tips to create your own bird-friendly garden.