Maryland Grows

Category: Master Gardener


Deer: Stay Out of My Garden!

Q: I had great plans for my vegetable garden last year, but it was overrun with deer. They nibbled my seedlings down to the ground and ate my tomatoes. What can I plant this year that these varmints won’t eat?…

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Gleaning Results in Bountiful Harvest, Less Food Waste

“Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.” This passage from Leviticus 19:9 refers to the ancient practice of…

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UME Master Gardener “Learning Garden” at State Fair

A team of UME Master Gardeners working with UME field faculty created an outstanding Learning Garden that inspired and educated residents during the 11 days of the Maryland State Fair. Practical, small-space gardening techniques were demonstrated in 25 distinct beds….

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Feed More, Waste Less: UME Master Gardeners Assist in Partnership to Glean and Share Leftover Crops

In the USA, approximately 50% of the nation’s produce is wasted, some as “crop shrink,” food that is grown and never harvested. This happens for reasons including weather and market conditions. Whatever the case, this is nutritious food that can…

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Heirloom or Hybrid: What’s in My Seed Packet?

Selecting new seeds to buy each year is an exciting activity. Whether choosing vegetables or flowers, there is more to our selection process than falling for a pretty picture. Does it matter if the seed is an open-pollinated variety or…

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5 Steps to a Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Landscape

By changing a few simple landscape practices, you can help keep Maryland waterways healthy. Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay.  What we…

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Learning How to Identify Maryland’s Native Trees in Winter: Look at More Than Just the Bark

I was very excited to have the opportunity to take a winter tree identification class. I attended a great University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardener Advanced Training course with UME native plant specialist Sara Tangren last week. I assumed…

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