Be a Smart Gardener
Gardeners aim to grow good produce or nurture lovely lawns and landscaping. “Smart gardeners” obtain those goals with earth-friendly techniques that can save money. Here you will find resources to become a smart gardener. Our advice is based on science performed at Michigan State University or other land grant universities.
Simple ways to start smart gardening
- Mow at the highest setting to promote deep roots, avoid grub damage and crowd out weeds.
- Mulch leaves and grass clippings into lawn to recycle nutrients.
- Learn how to have a smart lawn.
- Select well-adapted or native plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs.
- Learn how to select smart flowers and trees/shrubs.
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients.
- Learn how to test and build smart soils.
Gardening to protect bees
- Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
- Read an article on how to protect bees in your yard and garden from MSU entomologist Dave Smitley.
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Become a Master Gardener
The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program offers individuals a 13-week training experience with in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, water, pests, indoor plants and lawns.
MSUE Home Gardening News
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Posted on June 26, 2015 10:04am by Kevin Frank
Cucumber downy mildew is in Michigan now. Look for spots on cucumber leaves.
Posted on June 23, 2015 4:01pm by Mary Hausbeck
Cucumber and melon growers are urged to take action against cucumber downy mildew.
Posted on June 23, 2015 10:13am by Mary Hausbeck
Register for the workshop series beginning Aug. 6, 2015, that’ll guide gardeners through growing, preparing and tasting a variety of vegetables and herbs.
Posted on June 22, 2015 12:47pm by Diane Brown
Adding elegance to plain baked goods and other sweet treats is easy to do with candied edible flowers.
Posted on June 16, 2015 11:44am by Dixie Sandborn
Smart tips for protecting your landscape and garden plants from deer and rabbit damage.
Posted on June 12, 2015 11:14am by Diane Brown
Michigan State University Extension will be present in farmers markets around the state to give advice on selecting, storing, preserving, cooking and growing Michigan foods.
Posted on June 12, 2015 10:24am by Kendra Wills
Using row covers to prevent insect damage is a smart gardening practice.
Posted on June 11, 2015 2:56pm by Rebecca Krans
There are many warm season vegetables you can grow now that do best when weather and soils are warm.
Posted on June 11, 2015 1:45pm by Gretchen Voyle
Defining your outdoor rooms into living area, public area and service area is the first step in making the most of your outdoor living space.
Posted on June 10, 2015 1:18pm by Dixie Sandborn