Grow It Eat It

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Gardening for Food, Fun and Health

There’s nothing better than a homegrown vegetable or fistful of herbs fresh from your own garden—whether it’s a big backyard patch or an apartment window box.

The Master Gardeners Grow It Eat It program promotes backyard and community food production. We teach Marylanders and others how to grow their own affordable and healthy food using sustainable gardening practices in their home, community and school gardens.

You can start small or go big. We offer plenty of resources here to get you digging. Learn what to grow and when to grow it. Learn why beneficial bugs are better than pesticides, how to plant to reduce disease and how to save your back and your soil with best no-till gardening practices.

Great Gardening Guides

  • Video The Making of a Garden

    Getting Started

    All you need to know to create a garden from scratch, featuring Joyce Browning Horticulturist, Master Gardener Coordinator, Harford County.

  • Identifying Garden Pests

    Be a Bug Detective

    Mike Raupp, "The Bug Guy" for the University of Maryland Extension, teaches you the clues to use to find out what’s eating your garden.

  • Video Keep Bugs Off Your Vegetables

    Keep Bugs Off Your Vegetables!

    Winning the battle against garden pests without using dangerous chemicals from Mike Raupp.

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    Home and Garden Information Center

    Get science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

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    Have a Gardening Question?

    Get answers from our team of Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, Extension Faculty, and Master Gardeners.

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    Maryland Grows Blog

    We help Maryland residents grow! Learn timely tips to manage your lawn, ornamental plants, and food gardens, with advice from University of Maryland experts and certified horticulturists