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Hey new vegetable gardener: some things you can expect…

Welcome to the ranks of Maryland food gardeners. We live in every zip code and grow food in buckets on rooftops, in community garden plots, in front and back yards, and in large rural gardens. Rest assured, you will sweat…

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Vegetable Garden Updates

Allium leafminer HGIC received its first allium leafminer (Napomyza gymnostoma) question from a Baltimore gardener. The pest symptoms were discovered on chives growing in a window box. If you observe this pest please send photos and information through Ask an…

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Monthly Tips for April

Outdoor Garden and Yard Tips Cedar-apple rust disease forms its galls on Virginia cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in April. The odd-looking galls are at first bright orange gelatinous balls with long “horns” or projections; they later turn brown and become hard. They are…

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Monthly Tips for March

Lawn Late winter-early spring is considered the second-best time (the best time is late August through mid-October) to seed your lawn make repairs, or to cover bare areas. Read (PDF) HG 102, Lawn Establishment, Renovation and Overseeding. Soil testing can be…

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Monthly Tips for May

Lawn Always mow cool season grasses, like tall fescue and bluegrass, at a height of 3 inches. Mowing the lawn too close weakens the grass and permits many weeds to invade your lawn. Keep your mower blades sharp to prevent turf damage. Dry…

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Featured Video: Keep Bugs Off My Vegetables! How to Deal With Insects in the Garden

Mike Raupp, “The Bug Guy” for the University of Maryland Extension, talks about an easy way to get rid of pesky bugs in your garden called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. Integrated Pest Management coordinates the use of pest biology,…

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Lawn and Garden Tips for March

Ornamental Plants Starting Seeds Indoors – Many types of annual flower plants can be started indoors this month. Generally, most are started 5-6 weeks before they are planted outdoors. Spring bulbs are emerging and some are even flowering at this time. Exposed leaves…

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