For many gardeners, spring planting is well under way and summer vegetables will soon follow. Recent years have proven hard on local greenery, with prolonged heat waves and damaging storms. But there are steps you can take to ensure a healthy garden, from choosing local plants to well-timed watering. Whether you're tending a backyard vegetable patch, a community garden plot, or just a few potted flowers, we've got tips for getting the most from the land.
Sharing Backyards links people with yards, lawns and backyards to spare with people who are interested in gardening, but don't have enough space or sun to grow their own garden. Search for a shared backyard in your neighborhood.
Montgomery Parks Community Gardens Program offers Montgomery County, Md., residents the opportunity to use public space and water to garden individual plots at a low cost.
Part of the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener program, Grow It Eat It helps Marylanders improve health and save money by growing their own food using sustainable practices. The program offers free expert gardening advice weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In Maryland, call 800-342-2507. Outside the state, call 410-531-1757.
U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to rare plants, you can learn about the latest in gardening.