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

    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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    Fall Webworms on Trees

    These native caterpillars do not usually cause long-term damage to trees. Predators including birds, wasps, flies, and beetles feed on the caterpillars and keep their populations in check.

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    August Tips and Tasks

    Learn how to preserve food, harvest tomatoes when they first change color and ripen them indoors, save seeds from flowers, and get your soil tested if you're renovating a lawn this fall.

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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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