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Home Horticulture


Whether you are a beginning gardener or have been gardening for years, you can turn to your local Berkeley County Extension Office for assistance with home horticultural projects. 

If you have not already done so, remember to test your soil before you plant!

Dr. Bennett's Home Garden
Garden Calendar

Companion Planting

Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Patch 
Companion Planting with Herbs


Backyard Composting

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plant List (Cornell Univ)
Deer Resistant Ornamental Plants (WVU Extension)

Integrated Pest Management

The IPM Chronicle, a very informative, interesting newsletter published quarterly by your WVU Extension IPM experts.

Contact the Plant and Insect Experts

Insect Pests: Daniel Frank, Entomologist: Find out whether that insect in your yard is beneficial or harmful.
Greenhouse and High Tunnel Pests: Barbara Liedl
Vertebrate Pests: Sheldon Owen
Weeds: Rakesh Chandran or call 304-293-2603.
Plant Diseases/Pathology: Mafuz Rahman or call 304-293-8838
Environmental Plant Damage: Mira Bulatovic-Danilovic

Native Plants and Planting for Pollinators

Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Plants (Xerces Society) 
West Virginia Perennial Flowers for Pollinators 
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
Selecting Plants for Pollinators 
Invasive Plant List (National Park Service & National Wildlife Federation)
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: An excellent native plant searchable database. Includes information on wildlife value, pests, & resources to purchase the plant/seed.

Trees and Shrubs

Selecting Trees, Shrubs and Vines for your Landscape [link to main site]
Planting Trees [link to main site]
Tree Diseases and Management
Forest Pests Insects and Disease
Garden Guru:  Prepare Trees and Shrubs for the Big Sleep [link to main site]
National Gardening Association Tree and Shrub Plant Care Guides

Contact a Tree Expert

Ben Kunze, Local District Forester, Office phone: 304.229.2665, Cell: 304.545.5201
David McGill, Forest Resources Professor and WVU Extension Specialist, Phone: 304-293-5930

Vegetable Production

Vegetable Varieties for West Virginia 
Vegetable Transplant Production


USDA NRCS Plants:  A searchable database, fact sheets, plant guides, photos.
Weed Identification: An app to help you Identify 400+ plants (weeds). We are always here to help you with plant ID and management.