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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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Staff specialists and Master Gardeners help connect you with the resources and expertise of the University of 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

From seed to bloom, plants provide many educational benefits
Plants for Education at UNH Extension - From seed to bloom, plants provide many educational benefits. Learn More
Appreciating the beauty, wonder and resiliency of the Granite State
Appreciating the beauty, wonder and resiliency of the Granite State Learn More
A Question of the Week
For many gardeners, pokeweed represents a conundrum. On the one hand, it’s a native plant that provides an important food source for songbirds. On the... Learn More

Resources

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
This fact sheet provides an overview of the most common reasons to use cover crops at home and lays out the most successful options for gardeners in N... Learn More
Pruning guidelines for all trees and shrubs, in the home setting and in commercial applications. Learn More
Identification tips and basic control methods for some of NH's invasive plants: Glossy Buckthorn, European Barberry, Japanese Honeysuckle, Purple... Learn More