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National Gardening Association

The National Gardening Association (NGA) is a Vermont-based national nonprofit leader in garden-based education. NGA supports KidsGardening.org, a provider of grants and free materials for educators and families so that they may use gardening as a resource for learning. Our mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational garden programs.

Some bugs are good for the garden. Here are four simple ways to attract beneficial insects and keep them around.
All About Soil
A healthy soil translates into a healthy garden. But before you begin adding compost, manure, fertilizer, lime, and other soil amendments, you need to know what type of soil you have and its properties.
Much Ado About Mulch
If there is one technique that will make your gardening easier this summer, it is proper mulching. The right mulch will reduce weed growth, conserve soil moisture, make the garden look beautiful, and increase yields.
Planning a Small Home Orchard
With rising food and gas prices, more and more gardeners are looking for ways to reduce household costs and grow more of their own food. With a little attention, fruit trees can grow and fruit for years, providing food for you, your neighbors, and wildlife.
Adding compost to garden soil improves soil health by providing food for the organisms in the soil that help release nutrients to plants. You can buy bulk and bagged compost in many localities, but why not make your own?
Using Organic Fertilizers
Growing food organically is a hot topic across the country. Most of the attention is on avoiding pesticides or using environmentally friendly products to control pests, but growing organically also means using organic fertilizers.
Herb Gardening 101
More than 14 million households in the United States grow herbs—in vegetable and perennial gardens, in containers, or on windowsills. And with good reason!
To get the most out of your garden, it's important to plant each vegetable at the right time. Find what planting zone you live in and find out what to plant now and throughout the year.
Get Healthy and Save Money by Food Gardening
When economic times are hard, people head to the garden. With our desire to build a link to the Earth and our own neighborhoods, food gardening has become a simple and tasty solution.
No matter how good a gardener you are, at some point or another animals, insects, and diseases will attack your plants. There are a number of organic pest control techniques you can use to keep your plants safe and pests at bay.

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