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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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June is the month to…

black plastic mulch and cucumber plantsFinish planting your cold-susceptible transplants like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and squash. Mulch gardens to improve moisture retention and reduce the need to weed.

Perform daily tick checks after any outdoor activity. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by a bite from an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). In Maine, Lyme disease is most common in adults 65 and over and children between the ages of 5 and 15, but anyone can get the disease. Individuals who work or play outside are more likely to be exposed to ticks. Learn more about the importance of daily tick checks and the “inspect and protect” prevention strategy.

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