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. HGIC partners with the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program to provide educational resources to the volunteers as well as digital resources through our website and the Maryland Grows blog.

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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

    Adapt your garden to climate change. Compost yard and food waste, plant a tree, improve your soil, and grow heat-tolerant vegetables. Every action counts!

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    Vegetable Planting Calendar

    Sow seeds for snap beans, carrots, beets, and sweet corn in May. Begin setting out transplants of squash, pepper, and tomato -- be prepared to cover these if frost is expected.

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    May Tips and Tasks

    Azaleas and rhododendrons can be pruned after flowering. Prune boxwoods to minimize disease problems. Avoid purchasing invasive plants like Japanese barberry. 

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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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