Basics

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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Seeds

How Much and How Often Should You Water Your Seedlings?

Whether indoor sowing or direct sowing outdoors this season, water is a critical part of a plant's growth cycle. But too much water can be a bad thing for seedlings. In this article, gardening expert Logan Hailey shares how much and how often you should be watering the seedlings in your garden this season.

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Seeds

How Deep Should You Sow Seeds Indoors?

Are you planting seeds indoors this season, but aren't sure how deep you should be planting your seeds? The answer will depend on a few different variables. In this article, former organic farmer and gardening expert Logan Hailey shares the proper seed depth when starting your seeds indoors this season.

Gardener is direct seeding seeds into the ground on the left, and sowing indoors into trays on the right.

Seeds

Direct Seeding vs. Indoor Sowing: Which is Better?

Are you trying to decide between indoor sowing and direct seeding this season? There are many benefits to both, depending on the type of garden you are growing. In this article, gardening expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey looks at the pros and cons of both sowing methods.

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Seeds

9 Tips for Better Seed Germination Rates This Season

Whether you are indoor sowing, winter sowing, or direct sowing, high germination rates are something that every gardener hopes for. In this article, gardening expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey shares her top tips for better germination rates from your seeds this season!

Flower garden in full bloom during season

Gardening Tips

15 Tips For Creating a Garden That Blooms All Season long

Are you looking to create a garden that effortlessly blooms throughout the season? There are several things you can do to ensure your garden has plenty of flowers, no matter your hardiness zone. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her top tips for creating a garden that flowers throughout the entire growing season.

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Seeds

7 Tips to Prevent Rotting Seedlings from Damping Off

Do you struggle with rotting seeds after they've been planted? Damping off is a disease that can plague gardens of any size. In this article, gardening expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey shares how to prevent this fungal disease that can destroy your seedlings this season.

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Gardening Tips

Should You Start Watering Your Plants More Often in Late Winter?

Most gardeners are ready to start planting when early spring comes around. But what about your existing plants? Should you water them while there's still a bitter chill in the air, even though spring is just around the corner? In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines how much water your plants need in early spring, even when there's still a danger that another snapback frost could be around the corner.

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Gardening Tips

15 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Spring

Spring is around the corner and you are ready to start planting. But spring gardens don't always turn out the way many gardeners expect. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares 15 common spring gardening mistakes that many gardeners make, and how to avoid them.

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Gardening Tips

7 Herbs That Will Attract Beneficial Garden Insects

Are you looking to attract pollinators or beneficial predators to your garden in order to keep pests under control? There are a number of ways to do this, including planting certain herbs that will attract them. In this article, gardening expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey shares her favorite garden herbs that will help keep your garden pollinator-friendly and pest-free.

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Gardening Tips

11 Gardening Tasks to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Spring is around the corner, and your vision for a beautiful spring garden is at your fingertips. But what can you do to help ensure your spring garden is a success? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros shares her top tips to prepare your garden for successful spring plantings.