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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    Join Our Team!

    The University of Maryland Extension is hiring for several positions including Faculty Specialist (Entomology & IPM) in Ellicott City and Agent Associate/Master Gardener Coordinator in Baltimore City and Charles County.

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    Organic Lawn Care

    Growing a lawn organically focuses on the soil, overseeding in the fall, low-input applications of organic fertilizer, and the willingness to accept some weeds.

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    September Tips & Tasks

    Continue planting vegetables for fall or plant a cover crop to improve your soil; divide and transplant perennials; avoid pruning trees and shrubs now - wait until late fall/winter; move outdoor houseplants back indoors.

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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.

Featured Videos

Saving Seeds - Part 1 (Introduction)

Saving Seeds - Part 2 (Collecting)

Saving Seeds - Part 3 (Stratification)

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