Maryland Grows

What R U growing in your garden?

Let us know your food gardening plans. In Maryland, call 1-800-342-2507 if you have questions. Or send us an email at

Remember to watch Jon on Martha Stewart tomorrow!

View promos of Maryland Salad Table on quotes Jon Traunfeld (click on link) reporter Elizabeth Jia reports on the economic benefits of home food gardening. Quotes Jon Traunfeld and includes links to website.

Date Correction for Jon’s Martha Stewart appearance!

Jon Traunfeld and his soon to be famous Salad Table will actually be appearing LIVE on The Martha Stewart Show on Thursday, March 26. Promos will air during the Wednesday Martha Stewart Show and on beginning Tuesday.

Grow It, Eat It…Anywhere! University Gardening Expert to Introduce "Salad Table" on Martha Stewart Show!

We’re hard at work promoting the Grow It Eat It initiative. Read the the Press Release for yourself!

The Obama Administration’s call for personal responsibility has inspired a “grow it yourself” movement across the country. And thanks to a new invention called the “salad table,” everyone—no matter how small their balcony, patio or backyard—can join in.

Jon Traunfeld, salad table inventor and director of the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) will introduce this unique gardening tool to audiences nationwide on the Martha Stewart Show on March 27. During the show, which will air locally on WBAL TV and WJLA TV, Traunfeld will instruct Martha on creating the table and describe the best ways to use it.

Essentially, the salad table is an improvement of a vegetable growing tool used during the Great Depression featuring a wood box, wire mesh and non-soil growing medium. Maryland Cooperative Extension faculty and volunteers have successfully grown lettuce, arugula, herbs, Asian greens, and even green beans in salad tables across the state.

Traunfeld’s appearance on the Martha Stewart show coincides with the kick-off of the new “Grow It Eat It” campaign designed to promote and teach food gardening with the vision of 1 million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food in the next two years. The campaign is a joint venture between the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener program and its Home and Garden Information Center and features a dynamic, informative website:

St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day. Time to plant your spring peas today! Plant potatoes as soon as the soil is dry enough to work.

Read the March vegetable gardening tips on the Grow It Eat It website.

Let’s Get Growing

Grow it! Eat it!

There’s nothing like the flavor of a locally-grown tomato and there’s no location more local than your own backyard. Creating your own small food garden in 2009 could be an answer to many of life’s big issues. Food prices rose sharply in 2008 and economic pressures forced many Marylanders to reduce spending. At the same time, health experts told us to eat more vegetables and fruits, get more physically active, and introduce our couch-potato children to the great outdoors!

Last year many people told us that they want to start some type of vegetable garden but did not know how to begin. Our response is to launch the Grow it! Eat it! campaign in 2009- a joint venture between The Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center- to encourage more food gardening in Maryland. Master Gardeners are organizing Grow it! Eat it! teams at the local level and will receive special training early in 2009 so they can teach basic food gardening classes to the public. To schedule a talk in your community/school/church/library, just contact the Master Gardener program where you live-

Our educational campaign will be supported by a new Grow it! Eat it! web site and blog. Horticulture consultants at HGIC will be prepared to answer all food gardening questions via the toll-free hotline and e-mail Q&A service.

We recognize that there’s a learning curve for all skills, including growing food. If you provide the desire and effort, we’ll provide the basic information and support. Whether it’s a container with one tomato and one basil plant, or a small, in-ground garden, we can help you have a successful new food garden in 2009! The campaign is not limited to new gardeners; we can also assist you experienced gardeners with everything from growing unusual crops to extending your growing season with a floating row cover or cold frame.

Our goal is to help start hundreds of new food gardens in 2009 AND create a network of enthusiastic growers that can learn from one another and tap into University of Maryland resources. Stay tuned for more announcements in the New Year, and please send me your comments and suggestions for this exciting new campaign.