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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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Tick Prevention in New England

 

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Tick crawling on plant.

As ticks and tick-borne disease continue to increase in the region, it’s incredibly important to be tick-aware. The New England Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases (NEWVEC) has rolled out “Project ITCH (“Is Tick Control Helping?”). They are asking New England residents to complete a survey about tick prevention methods that you are doing to reduce tick bites and the transmission of disease. Please help them gather this important information so we are better able to identify and manage the spread of tick-borne illnesses.    

Project ITCH: “Is Tick Control Helping?” Survey

DHHS - Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire


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

Raised beds can be be used to grow flowers, vegetables or even fruit.
Raised beds are a great way to garden in small spaces if you have a yard with enough exposure to the sun. Learn More
Tips on keeping chickens warm and protected during cold months
Raising backyard chickens can be a rewarding experience for the whole family and it’s a great way to be more self-sufficient. They are relatively easy... Learn More
Webinar series for Greenhouse, Nursery and Garden Center Professionals meets once a month, virtual. Cost: $10/webinar. Each webinar will earn one pest... Learn More

Resources

Several celery samples from high tunnel production with leaf curl have been identified by the UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab; this disease causes significan... Learn More
Hydroponics is the production of plants using water instead of soil to deliver the nutrients essential to plant growth. As hydroponics becomes more c... Learn More
Two major considerations for production of plants in containers, pots, flats, etc. are the potting soil and fertilizer to be used. This fact sheet wi... Learn More
Do you want to leave your leaves and flower stalks on your garden or landscape over the winter to provide food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflie... Learn More
Do you want to leave your leaves and flower stalks on your garden or landscape over the winter to provide food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflie... Learn More
Starting right now, this fall, we can each do our part and make a difference one yard at a time. Doing so is much easier than a traditional fall clean... Learn More