University of Maryland Extension

Master Gardeners

Our Mission is to support the University of Maryland Extension mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

Grow It Eat It Classes

Food gardening is a popular activity that more Marylanders are enjoying every year.  But in today’s world it is more than a hobby.  Food gardening can help you save money on fresh, safe food while contributing to a healthier environment and improving your quality of life.

Why Plant Your Own Garden?

  • Have you ever watched a bean seed spout into a plant?
  • Tasted a really fresh pea?
  • Bitten into a juicy, vine-ripe tomato still warm from the sun?
  • Prepared a tasty meal for your family with good you grew yourself?

We Will Teach you

  • How to choose and prepare your  garden site —or container!
  • Importance of soil and how to improve it
  • Best crops for beginners and best cultivars for Maryland
  • Non chemical, earth-friendly techniques to combat weeds, disease and insect pests.
  • When and how to harvest
  • How to prevent animal damage (deer, rabbits and rodents)
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