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Growing Better in New Hampshire


Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide research-based information to all residents on topics including gardening, landscapes, pests, trees, food safety, wildlife and soil.


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Getting Started with Gardening

With proper planning and care, gardening success is possible even with limited money, time and experience. Whether your goal is to grow beautiful flowers or food for your family, there are so many ways to grow a garden to fit your goals, preferences and space. In this guide, you’ll learn about selecting and preparing your growing site, garden planning, seed starting and when to plant, garden care and maintenance, pest and disease management, and of course harvesting and preservation.

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Backyard Fruits

This section covers fruit trees, berries and other small fruits, including variety selection, disease and pest management and more.

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Home Lawn Care

This section covers fertilization, renovation and seeding, pest and weed control and more.

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Houseplants

This section covers selecting and caring for plants that spend some time, or the full year, in your home and office.

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Ornamental Gardening & Landscaping

This section covers annual and perennial flowers, as well as trees, shrubs and vines, including selection and care.

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Pollinator Habitat

This section covers lawn alternatives, pollinator garden certification, wildflower meadows and more.

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Vegetable Gardening

This section covers building soil, seed starting, crop growing guides, fertilization, pest and disease management and more.

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Backyard Livestock

This section covers building soil, seed starting, crop growing guides, fertilization, pest and disease management and more.

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Insects in the Home, Yard and Garden

From beneficial insects to unwanted intruders and pests.

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Using Your Harvest

Harvesting and storing fruits and vegetables, food safety, canning and preserving

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Soil Testing and Other Services

Our fee-based services include soil testing, plant disease & diagnosis, and insect identification.

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NH Master Gardeners Program 

Sharing the Science of Gardening

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School Gardening

Gardens are be places for great learning and can be used as a tool to teach any subject. 

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Community Gardening

Bringing people together to learn, share and grow..

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Articles

A Question of the Week
Is it worthwhile to purchase and release praying mantids into the garden? Probably not. Despite being voracious and deadly predators, praying mantids ... Learn More
Becky Sideman talks season extension and overwintering veggies, Emma Erler answers a question about winter sowing and frost seeding, and Nate Bernitz shares tips for putting the garden to bed.
Becky Sideman talks season extension and overwintering veggies, Emma Erler answers a question about winter sowing and frost seeding, and Nate Bernitz ... Learn More
Monthly Proven Tips and Solutions for Granite State Gardeners
Monthly Proven Tips and Solutions for Granite State Gardeners Learn More

Resources

New Hampshire is home to a diverse array of pollinators, from charismatic bumble bees to unheralded wasps, flies and beetles. Declines of insects, nat... Learn More
With proper planning and care, gardening success is possible even with limited money, time and experience. Whether your goal is to grow beautiful flow... Learn More
Community gardens are wonderful places to grow fresh healthy food, create beautiful productive spaces that nurture the soul, and bring people together... Learn More
Cooperative Extension’s soil testing service dates back to 2005. The number of samples we process averages more than 3,000 a year. The following list ... Learn More
There's a lot to know in planting a garden, whether it is your own, a community garden or a school garden. Below are links to several fact sheets... Learn More
Whether you want to put food on your table or donate it to others, a community garden is a great place to be. They are also a great way to meet others... Learn More