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Soil Testing Basics from U. Maryland

U. MARYLAND Director of the Home and Garden Information Center, Jon Traunfeld, demonstrates how easy it is to collect and send a soil sample for a soil test. For more information, visit the Home and Garden Information website or the Youtube channel. 

The Importance of Soil

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS From the Chicago Botanic Garden.: Healthy soil is a foundation for our food system, it purifies the water that we drink, and it’s critical in its role in the regulation of greenhouse gasses, because it’s our major store of carbon. Scientist Louise Egerton-Warburton describes the composition of soil, and describes how to put healthy, …Read more »

Dealing with Aphids

U. ILLINOIS EXTENSION Aphids are a common garden pest found on a wide variety of plants in the garden. They feed off of and damage the plant, so monitoring their presence and using water spray or insecticides is important to preserve the livelihood of your plants. Learn more at the Illinois Extension website and on …Read more »

How to Sharpen a Hand Pruner

BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND Behnke Nurseries staffer John Shearin sprays WD-40 oil on the blades of my barely usable pruners, then rubs them with #1 steel wool. The oil works to remove plant sap that gets on the blades every time they’re used and over time, really build up. After wiping the blades with a cloth to remove …Read more »

Spring Weeding

William Moss gives gardening tips for the National Gardening Association.

How to Make Pruning Cuts

U. of KENTUCKY Pruning trees is a common landscaping task. The main reason we prune trees is to create and maintain strong structure, control size and shape, and produce a healthy tree. Pruning should begin early in the life of a tree, and at regular intervals. In this short video, learn the tools and techniques you’ll …Read more »

How to Prune Forsythia

U. of MAINE: Extension Educator Marjorie Peronto shares pruning tips to keep your Forsythia healthy and beautiful. Learn more at the U. Maine Extension website and Youtube channel.

Tools for Pruning

UTAH STATE U. Understand the tools you need for basic and advanced home, garden, and orchard pruning. Learn more at the Utah State website and Youtube channel.

How to Maintain a Water Garden

OKLAHOMA STATE Mike Miller from Pond Pro Shop in Shawnee joins Kim Toscano, host of Oklahoma Gardening, to discuss basic water garden maintenance. Visit Oklahoma State’s website and Youtube channel for more info.

Backyard Composting with Joe Lamp’l

From PBS’s Growing a Greener World TV, with host Joe Lamp’l.

Composting Basics for the Garden

U. MARYLAND Master Gardener Bettye Ames she walks us through the steps on how to make your own nutritious compost. She explains the benefits of hot composting and how to turn everyday food and garden waste into “black gold.” This video is brought to you by the Home and Garden Information Center, part of University …Read more »

Varieties of Composting Bins

U. MARYLAND Master Gardener Bettye Ames gives a run through of different types of compost bins you can use to get your compost pile started. This video is brought to you by the Home and Garden Information Center, part of University of Maryland Extension. There are lots more on their Youtube Channel.  Or learn their Grow …Read more »