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Planting Vegetables

Vegetable Planting Basics Check the vegetable crops section to determine whether a particular vegetable is best direct-seeded in the ground or whether its seeds have to be planted indoors and grown to transplant size. You will also learn the best times to plant and how to care for your vegetable...

Hardening Off Vegetable Seedlings

Back to Seedling Care Hardening is the process of exposing transplants (seedlings) gradually to outdoor conditions. It enables your transplants to withstand the changes in environmental conditions they will face when planted outside in the garden. It encourages a change from soft, succulent growth...

Seedling Care

Growing Vegetable Seedlings (Transplants) After starting seeds indoors , follow these tips and guidelines for good care of your young plants. Light After germination, seedlings require strong light from grow lights . Natural light from a window is seldom enough for good, strong seedling growth...

Starting Seeds Indoors

Back to Seedling Care Back to Herbs - General Culture Starting seeds indoors is about as much fun as a food gardener can have in late winter! The idea is to grow baby plants (a.k.a. transplants or starts) for 2-8 weeks (depending on the vegetable and rate of plant growth) and then plant outdoors...

Containers and Growing Medium for Seed Starting

Containers for Seed Starting Almost any clean container may be used for seed starting provided it allows for good drainage and is at least 2” deep. Save money by reusing cottage cheese and yogurt containers, milk cartons, aluminum pans, and clear clamshells from the produce department or deli. 4 -...

Grow Lights

The natural light from a window is seldom enough for good, strong seedling growth. They will usually stretch and lean towards the light and will not produce sturdy plants. Sowing seeds indoors under fluorescent lights is the easiest way for the home gardener to control growing conditions and grow...

Fruits

Small Fruits Tree Fruits Fruit Glossary Fruit Resources Maryland Grows Blog Posts on Fruit Monthly Tips Publications Videos

Youth Gardening

Gardening isn't just for adults! According to the National Gardening Association, "it boosts kids' interest in school and learning, improves their attitudes about eating healthful foods and caring for the environment, helps them develop social skills and self-esteem, and gives them a feeling of...

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Not a subscriber? Get the newsletter delivered to your email! Click here to subscribe . Date - Topics Summer 2020 Gardening for Pollinators Tick Season Summer Vegetable Problems UME and Climate & Sustainability Webinars Available Q&A: Dogwood Fungus Garden Hoes Podcast - Summertime Watering...

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