Aside from our family’s experiences, here are some wonderful sources of local information on gardening and farming in Maryland.
Gardening in Maryland has some unique challenges. I’ve said this before, but I cannot say enough positive things about our local agricultural extension offices. They offer classes (see below). And they have loads of great information bulletins tailored to our local growing conditions (see below).
Montgomery County’s Grow it Eat it Program offers (mostly free) virtual gardening classes
Here is a sample of UMD Extension resources on gardening in Maryland:
- Vegetable starting chart
- Gardening resources including monthly tips
- How to get started in organic vegetable production
Other excellent Maryland gardening programs include:
- This award winning public television show is in its 8th season! All the episodes are interesting for anyone interested in local agriculture. Family friendly programming at its best!
- Mark your calendars for this year’s seed swaps. Maryland Seed Swap Day — April 3rd @ Brookeside Gardens More details coming soon. They will be taking Covid precautions.
- They have excellent podcasts from local gardeners about their techniques.
Several Books that I have found helpful about gardening in Maryland:
- Month by Month Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic (Our local library has this one)
- The Washington Post Gardening Book (Our local library has this one)
- Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
And look out for a recent publication by a fellow Maryland gardener available in March 2021.