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.
- Lean 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.
MSUE Home Gardening News
This sometimes-forgotten root vegetable is great for its unique flavor and low-maintenance growing.
Posted on July 14, 2014 9:32am by Julia Darnton
Grass is growing vigorously due to frequent rainfall and mild temperatures, and in some instances, lawns are now hungry and nutrient deficient.
Posted on July 9, 2014 9:35am by Kevin Frank
Wilting shoot tips signal that this easy to control pest has found your raspberry patch.
Posted on July 8, 2014 10:39am by Mark Longstroth
Get those tasty vegetables harvested at the right time by following these tips.
Posted on July 7, 2014 11:49am by Gretchen Voyle
Herbs add beauty and fragrance to the garden while attracting pollinators and beneficial insects.
Posted on July 7, 2014 11:01am by Diane Brown
The shortest of all food supply chains is from one’s backyard directly to the kitchen! Backyard gardening is an excellent way for people to reap the benefits of fresher, nutrient-rich foods.
Posted on July 3, 2014 10:34am by Randy Bell
Blossom end rot can develop in tomatoes, but occasionally in peppers, eggplant and squash. Learn how to prevent this physiological problem from ruining your garden vegetables.
Posted on July 2, 2014 12:37pm by Gretchen Voyle
New tip sheets from Michigan State University Extension provide suggestions to increase shade tree species diversity and diminish the impact of new invasive pests.
Posted on July 2, 2014 10:19am by Bert Cregg
With a punch of vitamin C and A, sweet bell peppers will be showing up in Michigan farmers markets soon.
Posted on June 30, 2014 3:59pm by Becky Henne
Appearing in a farmers market near you, the eighth most popular vegetable will be making its debut in July.
Posted on June 30, 2014 11:33am by Becky Henne