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gardening2.gifGardening is a rewarding experience as you watch plants emerge from a seed and grow into plants that provide you with fresh, nutritional vegetables and fruits. It is also a great form of exercise as you prepare soil, plant the garden, pull weeds, water the plants and harvest fruits and veggies. It is an experience that can be appreciated as a child and continues to be a rewarding experience as an adult. The following sites help to promote a successful gardening experience.


  • Container Gardening
    North Carolina Extension site that explains how to grow vegetables in containers and provides information on specific plants.
  • Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
    Iowa State University Extension publication on preparation and planting the vegetable garden.
  • Natural Control of Garden Pests
    MSU publication providing information on biological control of pests in the home garden.
  • Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
    MSU publication on how to bring insects into the home landscape to pollinate plants and reduce nuisance insects.
  • MSU Gardening Bulletins
    MSU site for obtaining gardening bulletins and videos on specific topics.
  • Controlling Garden Pests
    A brief guide from the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner.
  • Clean Sweep Program
    Provides FREE pesticide disposal for businesses and residents.
  • Rain Gardens
    Environmental Portal section about creating a rain garden.
  • Gardening Hotline - (734) 997-1819
    Local Gardening information can be obtained through the Washtenaw County MSU Extension office through the Master Gardener Hotline at (734) 997-1819. The hotline is open mid-April through October, Monday through Thursday, 9am to Noon and 1pm-4pm.  
  • Dial-A-Garden - (734) 971-1129
    Monthly recorded gardening tips from MSU Extension are available year-round by calling (734) 971-1129.


For more information, please contact the MSU Extension Master Gardener Hotline at (734) 997-1819.

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