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
Use Smart Gardening techniques to build healthy soil and increase the life within it. Learn more about healthy soils and composting at the 2015 West Michigan Home and Garden Show, March 5-8.
Posted on February 27, 2015 2:55pm by Rebecca Krans
Michigan State University Extension offers useful tips for the home vegetable gardener.
Posted on February 26, 2015 5:28pm by Kendra Wills
Choosing plants and designs that are inspired by nature helps home gardeners achieve goals for smart, biodiverse and sustainable landscapes. Learn more at the 2015 West Michigan Home and Garden Show, March 5-8.
Posted on February 26, 2015 2:19pm by Rebecca Finneran
Take an early step into spring at the Lansing Home and Garden Show and get great money- and time-saving tips for smart gardening.
Posted on February 20, 2015 1:51pm by Diane Brown
The fourth annual All About Food: From Farm to Fork Conference attracted nearly 200 food systems stakeholders for educational sessions and delicious food.
Posted on February 18, 2015 11:34am by Kaitlin Koch
Create more from existing succulent plants through successful propagation.
Posted on February 13, 2015 3:47pm by Gretchen Voyle
Treating and storing firewood well will keep you warm and happy.
Posted on February 13, 2015 10:50am by Gretchen Voyle
Productive vegetable gardens are based on a strong foundation, and that foundation is the soil.
Posted on February 11, 2015 2:47pm by Rebecca Finneran
Selecting the optimal placement of your vegetable garden is important for success.
Posted on February 11, 2015 11:54am by Rebecca Finneran
Register for Veggies 101 where you will learn how to incorporate smart gardening practices of site selection, soil preparation, vegetable selection, composting and many others.
Posted on February 5, 2015 12:23pm by Rebecca Krans