Home and Garden Information Center

The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) develops and delivers science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

The Home and Garden Information Center partners with the Master Gardener Program to provide educational resources to the volunteers as well as digital resources through the Home and Garden website.

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  • Food Gardening

    How to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables in Maryland! Learn all about raised beds, container gardens, and recommended varieties.

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  • Insects

    Learn about beneficial insects, insect friendly gardens and how to identify and manage insects indoors and outdoors.

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  • Yard & Landscape

    How to grow healthy plants indoors and outdoors in Maryland, how to identify and manage problems while respecting the environment.

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Hot topics

  • Fall Flowering Plants

    Asters, goldenrods, and Joe Pye weed are fall-flowering native plants that support beneficial insects including migrating Monarch butterflies.

  • Cover Crops

    Be a good steward of the earth by planting a cover crop this fall. Crimson clover, oats, and winter rye are among the choices for fall planting.

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  • September Yard & Garden Tips

    Harvest winter squashes, plant garlic, fertilize cool-season lawns, resist the urge to cut back perennial plants until spring.

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Connect with us

  • Ask Extension

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

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  • Maryland Grows Blog

    Get timely tips about food gardening, soil improvement, trouble-shooting plant problems, and supporting pollinators in your landscape.

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  • HGIC Newsletter

    Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter for helpful and timely gardening tips.

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