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Volunteers collect onions for Maine Harvest for Hunger; photo by Edwin RemsbergUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension provides home gardeners with practical, how-to solutions based on university research.

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September is the month to…

fresh produce ready for canningPreserve your fresh produce. Find safe recommendations for the best way to preserve and/or prepare fresh produce on our food and health website, by taking one of our food preservation workshops, or by calling your local UMaine Extension county office. TIP: If you don’t have a bountiful garden, consider a bulk purchase from your local farmer. Purchasing food when it’s in season can sometimes save you a lot of money.

Extend your gardening season. Don’t let the cool nights cause your gardening season come to a close. Season extension strategies can be as simple as putting row cover over your plants when evening temperatures are expected to be cool. If you are using plastics to extend your season, be sure to ventilate or completely remove the plastic during the day to avoid overheating your plants. Short season crops such as lettuce, spinach, kale, radish, and various greens (pea shoots are a good choice) can still be directly seeded in the soil for a sweet fall harvest.

Enjoy fall’s bounty! Learn how to harvest and store apples, pumpkins, and onions!

For timely information throughout the gardening season, see Maine Home Garden News.