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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Frequently Asked Questions

Back to BMSB-Invasive Insect What is the story on the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)? The brown marmorated stink bug ( Halyomorpha halys ) is a new pest in North America. Adult bugs are 5/8” and dark mottled brown. The last 2 antennal segments have alternating light and dark bands. The exposed...

Types of Vegetable Gardens

In-ground Gardens Start small with an in-ground garden or raised beds; it is easy to "bite off more than you can chew." A good starter size for a vegetable garden is 50-75 square feet. Expand when you are ready. Start an in-ground garden by preparing the soil . Raised Beds Raised beds are improved...

Succession Planting - Vegetables

Back to Caring for Your Garden Succession planting is an excellent tool for maximizing food production. You simply plant something new in spots vacated by spent plants, e.g., sowing sweet corn seed after spring peas are finished. List the crops you plan to grow on paper and draw a map showing the...

Direct Seeding

Sow Seeds in the Ground for a Vegetable Garden Consult our ( PDF) GE 007 Vegetable Planting Calendar for guidance on when to plant seeds in the ground; A good rule of thumb is to sow seeds 2 to 3 times deeper than their width; Sow seeds more deeply in light, sandy soil and less deeply in heavier,...

Raised Beds

How to Build a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Raised beds are improved areas of soil elevated above ground level and often surrounded and contained with boards or other rigid materials. They are usually 2- to 4-ft. wide, 2- to 12-in. high and as long as desired. The raised bed or growing bed is the...

Planning a Vegetable Garden

Planning a Vegetable Garden So, you're ready to start a vegetable garden and you want to get your hands in the soil right away! A little planning now will help prevent frustration later. Whether you plan to make an in-ground garden or raised beds or prefer to do container gardening on the deck,...

When to Plant Vegetables in Maryland

The number of frost-free growing days ranges from 150 in far Western Maryland to 225 on the Lower Eastern Shore. A wide range of warm and cool-seaon crops can be grown with planning and care. Vegetable Planting Calendars (PDF) HG 16 Planting Dates for Vegetable Crops in Maryland (list) (PDF) GE 007...

Growing Vegetables

COVID-19 quick guide to food gardening resources Planning a Vegetable Garden Types of Vegetable Gardens How to Start a Vegetable Garden Growing Vegetables in Containers Raised Beds Vegetable Crops Soil Preparation and Improvement Soil Testing Information Lawn (Turfgrass) Removal Methods Add Organic...

Why Oak Trees are Declining or Dying

Oak tree infected with Oak Wilt October 2019 University of MD Extension - (PDF) Browning White Oaks in 2019 We’ve recently received inquiries about oak trees declining and dying. People usually want to know if this is caused by oak wilt. Importantly, oak wilt is not known to occur widely in...

Wavyleaf Basketgrass

Back to Invasive Plant Photos and Information Wavyleaf Basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus spp. undulatifolius) Wavyleaf basketgrass is an exotic, invasive grass that was first found in Maryland in 1997, including parts of Patapsco State Park. It grows in dense patches in wooded natural areas...

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