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Few pursuits are as rewarding as growing your own organic gardens. Not only do you get to enjoy the fruits of your own labor, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that the produce you are eating was grown free of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Growing organically produces healthy, more diverse ecosystems which are better able to resist significant pest damage… naturally!

How to Plant in Pots

Container Gardens

Tips and techniques for gardening in containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.

Organic Gardening Guru

Organic Gardens

Grow beautiful blooms and luscious veggies in your garden without chemicals! Here’s how.

Raised Bed Gardening

Vegetable Gardens

Raised beds improve drainage, use space more efficiently, increase yields, and simplify the control of weeds and pests.

Herb Growing Guides


Tips and techniques for planting, growing and harvesting your favorite herbs at home. Dig in!

Square Foot Gardening

Video Channel

Want to create a productive, simple garden without tearing up your whole backyard? Do it one square foot at a time!

Grow Organic Potatoes

Vegetable Guides

Keep pesticides off your dinner table by growing your own chemical-free, heirloom potatoes.

Container Gardens

Gardening and the Five-Gallon Bucket

Container Gardens

Chores, container gardens, hydroponics and other uses for 5 gallon buckets.

Coconut Coir or Sphagnum Peat Moss?

Compost & Soil

Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.

Contaminated Potting Soil and Compost

Bugs & Thugs

Bagged soils can contain herbicides, gnats and other unsavory problems.

Fruits & Berries

Planting A Bare Root Fruit Tree

Fruits & Berries

Tips on planting apple, plum, pear, cherry and other popular fruit trees from bare-root stock.

Early Season Fruit Thinning

Fruits & Berries

Thinning emerging apples, peaches and other fruits early in the season improves size, quality and future blooming.

Strawberry Growing Guide

Fruits & Berries

Planting, growing and caring for your organic strawberry patch.

Herb Gardens

Stratify Seeds to Improve Germination

Flower Gardens

Refrigerate seeds before planting to improve germination.

Planning A Kitchen Garden

Garden Design

How to grow greens and other vegetables right outside your back door.

Bitter Herbs: Dandelion and Other Garden Tonics


How to grow bitter herbs organically.

Organic Gardens

Organic Gardening 101

Garden Design

Pesticides on our produce, GMOs in our food… how do we protect our families? Grow your own.

Tips To Save Water This Summer


Lawn and garden watering jumps in the summer. Here's how to save water and money at the same time.

Gardening Reality Check

Bugs & Thugs

No one said gardening is a bed of roses.

Tomato Gardens

Can You Compost Tomatoes?


Keep tomato plants out of the landfill? Or keep tomato diseases out of your garden? It's not always simple.

Tomato Planting Techniques

Garden Calendar

How to best plant tomatoes for a healthy start and a bumper crop.

Tomato Gardening Guru - How to Grow Tomatoes


Welcome to Planet Natural’s go-to guide for growing juicy, extra flavorful, organic tomatoes in your own backyard.

Urban Gardens

Planning A Kitchen Garden

Garden Design

How to grow greens and other vegetables right outside your back door.

Old Malls Grow Green


Roof-top farms and greenhouse gardens help reclaim agricultural land from urban sprawl.

Horticulture Programs: Good Grows Here


The popularity of urban farming, garden therapy, and organic produce means more jobs and education.

Vegetable Gardens

Growing the Most Cost-Effective Vegetables


Plant these backyard vegetable crops to save money, eat well.

Best Garden Veggies To Over-Winter


Ordering seeds? Don't forget vegetables for fall planting and winter gardens.

Resolution for the New Year: Grow More Vegetables


Consider the space you have for growing vegetables then raise all you can.