University of Maryland Extension

Home Gardening

Upcoming Free Webinar Garden Series


Planning Your Vegetable Garden:

New to Vegetable Gardening?  Don't know where to start?  How many tomatoes should you plant for your family?  How do you know whether to plant seeds or transplants?  This class will cover all the basics and help you plan if you want  to have excess to preserve or just enough to eat fresh each week.  Also will discuss advantages to in ground, containers, and raised bed gardening.

Tomato Gardening: 

Tomatoes are the number one grown vegetable in backyard gardens.  Learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your plants.  Best varieties, management, pruning, trellising, diseases, and pests.

Tea Gardening: 

Ever wondered what plants you could use to make your own tea?  When did people start drinking tea? Learn about  the history of tea drinking, easy herbs to add to your garden to make a variety of tea blends, as well as how to make infusions, decoctions, and tinctures.

All About Ticks:

Ticks are a huge public health concern and threat.  Learn easy ways to ID,  life cycle, and different types of ticks that you might see in your lawn and garden.   We will also share lots of resources for learning more.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden:

It's not secret that pollinators are struggling.  Learn how to help promote and protect them in your home landscape.  Easy plants to add and benefits will be discussed.

Pest and Disease Management:

Learn how to reduce pesticide use by employing multiple strategies to combat insects and diseases in your vegetable garden.

Pesticide Safety:

Pesticides include herbicides,  bee/wasp spray, and even rat poison.   Learn the best way to keep you and your family safe when using pesticides.

Free Professional Gardening Assistance

University of Maryland Extension is committed to providing free assistance and education to all residents on any gardening related topic including vegetable and fruit growing, entomology, plant pathology, wildlife management and much more. 

We also offers free professional consultation to help identify weeds, insects, plant diseases, and environmental concerns related to your home garden.

For more information, contact UME Master Gardener Sherry Frick at 301-724-3320 or email 


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