Home and Garden Resources for Master Gardeners
Gardening is a popular pastime that is enjoyed by a number of individuals living in the United States, and around the world. For some people, gardening is more than just a hobby. Master gardeners, for example, are individuals whose love for gardening has resulted in their obtainment of education related to the development, maintenance, and harvest of a professional garden. In most cases, master gardening programs are offered by university extension programs around the United States. While these programs may vary slightly from state to state, they usually require participants to take and pass at least 50 hours of coursework in the field of gardening, and perform an addition 50 hours of volunteer time in their community, during which they can learn more of the 'hands-on' techniques of gardening. Though becoming a master gardener can substantially increase skills when it comes to growing plants and flowers, additional education may be needed. Master gardeners who hope to achieve optimal results in their home or professional gardeners may need to continue their study of pest management, vegetable and flower gardens, harvesting, and composting.
~Water Quality and Use: Integrated Pest ManagementDescribes different forms of pest control and management which limit the need for chemicals.
~Garden Insect and Pest ControlTips and suggestions for the management and control of different types of garden pests.
~Home Vegetable Garden Insect Pest ControlIdentifies some of the most common types of garden pests, their habits, and how they can be controlled.
~Home, Garden, Turf, and Landscape PestsInformation on pests, describes the habitats that they most prefer, and lists effective management techniques.
~Vegetable Garden Pest Management Various publications regarding pest management in home gardens.
Planning a Vegetable Garden
~Planning Your Vegetable GardenRecommendations for the effective selection of vegetables, location, and tools for a successful vegetable garden.
~Planning a Vegetable GardenDiscusses the importance of location and size when it comes to a successful vegetable garden.
~Cooperative Extension: Planning a Vegetable GardenTips for planting vegetable gardens, feature growth charts and identify which types of soil are ideal.
~Vegetable Growing in the DesertDescribes the ways that different types of vegetables can be grown in less than ideal circumstances.
~Hydroponic Vegetable GardeningDescribes the process by which a vegetable garden can be grown using hydroponic techniques.
Planning a Flower Garden
~Gardening in Western Washington: FlowersList of questions and answers about planting, growing, and cutting flowers for master gardeners.
~Gardening Tips for Northeast Texas: FlowersDiscusses the different types of flowers that can be grown in Northeast Texas, and provides recommendations on their maintenance and success.
~Denton County Master Gardener Association: Gregg's Mist FlowerSpecifications on the flower known as Gregg's Mist, describes why, where, and when it should be planted for optimal results.
~Flower Name: RoseA brief history on the rose, describes some of the different types of roses, their individual growing patterns, and how they can be used in the garden.
~Northern Gardening Tips from Alaska Master GardenersTips and recommendations for growing flowers in northern climates.
Planting/Harvesting Calendar and Advice
~Harvesting and Preserving DillRecommendations for master gardeners on how dill plans can be harvested and preserved for future use.
~Harvesting PumpkinsTips and recommendations on harvesting different types of pumpkins, describes how pumpkin seeds can be stored for use in planting next year.
~Today's Tips: Harvesting Your Tomato SeedsRecording from master gardeners that describes the manner in which tomato seeds can be preserved and stored for the future.
~Easy GardeningInstructions on the harvesting, handling, and storage of fresh vegetables that have been picked from the garden. Provides recommendation on extending the life of fresh vegetables.
~How Do You Pick a Ripe Watermelon?Detailed instructions on the selection and harvest of a ripe watermelon.
Yard and Waste Composting
~Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston CountyTrainings and workshops for master gardeners who are interested in learning more about the topic of composting.
~CompostingBrief definition of the process of composting, describes different techniques that can be used when composting, and provides recommendations for those who hope to achieve success.
~Master Gardener Composting BasicsStep by step guide for successful composting, provides recommendations for tools and containers for effective composting.
~FAQs: CompostingDescribes materials that should be used when composting, list of recommendations for success in composting.
~Composting ResourcesList of articles and additional websites that can be used by individuals who wish to learn more about composting for the home garden.