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

November is the month to…

Care for garden tools. Tools should be cleaned off after every use and especially before storing away for winter. Invest in a wire brush and collect some rags for wiping them down, sand down rough handles, wipe with linseed oil, consider painting wooden handles with a bright color to make them easier to find and distinguish from other gardener’s tools, and sharpen blades. If you don’t feel comfortable sharpening your own tools, your local hardware store may offer a sharpening service.

autumn leaves on the groundKeep composting. Store those plentiful and very useful fall leaves in a large covered bin now and use them to cover your to kitchen scraps when you add them to the compost through the winter. The composting process will slow when temperatures drop, but will pick back up in the spring. Excess leaves also make great mulch for the garden when shredded with a lawn mower.

Read more garden tips and ideas in Maine Home Garden News.