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. All residents of Maryland are welcome to send questions to Ask Extension, view our online resources here and on our Maryland Grows blog, or visit a local Master Gardener Program for answers to residential gardening questions.

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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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    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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    Climate-Resilient Gardening

    Here we showcase several examples of how Maryland residents are adapting their green spaces with climate change and sustainability in mind. Will you join us?

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    Winter Sowing

    Learn how to get a head start on next year's garden by starting seeds using the winter sowing method. This 1-hour, 52-minute recorded webinar explains what you can grow with winter sowing and how to get started.

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    December Tips and Tasks

    Trimmings from hollies, boxwoods, pines, and other evergreens can be used for holiday decorating. If the weather has been dry, water young and newly planted trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.


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    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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