University of Maryland Extension


2013 MSHS/UME Summer Tour

Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tour begins at - Lewis Orchard
The 2013 Maryland State Horticultural Society and University of Maryland Extension Annual Summer Tour will be on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This year we will be touring farms and farm markets in Montgomery County and Frederick County Maryland featuring: Lewis Orchard,...

Featured Plants - Rhubarb

Rheum acuminatum Tuck this perennial “fruit” into a flower or vegetable bed. Rhubarb can pass for a big-leaved hosta and also be handy for harvesting its delicious sour stems. Rhubarb wants full sun to light shade--not too hot. Given average moisture, established plants tolerate drought, but ‘wet...

May Fruit Tips

Caroline raspberries
Photo: Caroline raspberries. (More tips from HGIC) Raspberries and blackberries - The floricanes (canes with flowers) of June-bearing raspberries should be pruned back to a height of 3-4 feet to encourage lateral growth. Thin out new bramble shoots (primocanes) so that there is at least a 6 inch...

Reducing Nitrogen Applications in Watermelon While Maintaining or Increasing Yields

2008 Objective: With the emphasis on reducing excess nutrients applied to Maryland vegetable fields, which will reduce nutrient movement into the Chesapeake Bay, this research examined supplying nitrogen to watermelon plants only when needed as determined by the plant’s nitrate content...

Tomato Ripening Problems and the Role of Potassium

August 2009 Over the last few months in our area there have appeared problems with tomato ripening. The ripening problems are called various names such as blotchy ripening, yellow shoulder, grey wall, internal whitening, etc (Fig 1). They all have the same root cause; lower levels of potassium (K...


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