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The Maryland Master Gardener Handbook

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Features of The Maryland Master Gardener Handbook (2016)

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  • 28 chapters, 671 pages including over 400 color photos
  • Stated learning objectives for each chapter
  • 5 chapters on the basics: ecology, botany, soils, entomology, plant diseases
  • 8 chapters on plant groups: turfgrass, herbaceous plants, woody plants, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, herbs, and houseplants
  • 15 chapters on other important topics (e.g. composting, landscape design, aquatic gardening, wetlands, wildlife, weeds, invasive species, alternatives to turf, landscape design, water quality and conservation)
  • A 114 page Integrated Pest Management (IPM) section that includes diagnosic keys for all major plant groups and special keys for cultural and environmental problems and structural and nuisance pests.
  • Extensive glossary, index, and resource appendix 
  • Durable spiral binding and laminated covers
  • A Bay-Wise approach to gardening that will help you improve your soil, nurture your plants, and manage most pests without pesticides

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