Horticulture

Browntail Moth Caterpillar on leaf

211 Now Available for Browntail Moth Questions

Maine Government News AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Forest Service (MFS), and 211 Maine announced today a new way for Mainers to get information about browntail moths. People with questions can now call 211 Maine to speak to a specialist regarding browntail moth biology, management, pesticide options, health […]

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A Quick Reference For How To Take A Soil Test

  What does a soil test from the Cooperative Extension do? A soil test will tell you: -Nutrient levels in your soil – Soil pH levels – Presence of lead contamination, if any Why should I test my soil? A soil test will help you to optimize your garden or lawn by providing the information […]

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Common Ninebark Plant. Flowers and leaves.

Native Plants at the Master Gardener Plant Sale

Where can a gardener go to grow a thriving, easy, inexpensive garden which helps native pollinators?      Come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale! Master Gardeners are a wealth of knowledge on the selection and care of plants. Any Master Gardener will say, plants tend to do better in the habitats they are native to. […]

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Growing Sweet Potatoes: An interview with Tom Witwicki, Master Gardener

  Did you know that you can buy a single sweet potato from the grocery store and turn it into many pounds of food from the garden? Fascinating! In this interview for our blog readers, Master Gardener Volunteer, Tom Witwicki describes sweet potato cultivation. He suggests that red garnet and Japanese purple are two varieties […]

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UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm Instagram Account

Follow the new UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm Instagram account (@umainegardens_tidewaterfarm) for updates on events, workshops, and programs! Catch a glimpse of how the gardens transform from season to season with photos of flowers in bloom, wildlife habitats, and gardening techniques used throughout the year!

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Children’s Garden at Tidewater Farm: Update

 (Photos by Amy Witt, UMaine Extension Home Horticulturist and Lynne Hazelton, UMaine Extension Administrative Support Specialist, Agriculture and Horticulture)  Construction on the Children’s Garden at Tidewater Farm started last year. This year it will become a fully realized garden, including a fountain, an insect hotel, a bean teepee, a metal sculpture, and more. The Insect Hotel The insect hotel […]

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Tussie Mussies Recap

Before the age of emails and texting there was the art of secret messages via floral arrangements. They called them “Tussie Mussies” and it was just as interesting as it’s name sounds. Said to originate in the Victorian era, Tussie Mussies are small, round bouquets made up of herbs and flowers that each hold symbolic […]

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2017 Master Gardener Plant Sale

By Kathleen McNerney, UMaine Extension Home Horticulture Coordinator  Although Spring seems to be off to a slow start, the Cumberland County Master Gardeners are in full swing, spring mode The Annual Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Barron Center, located at 1145 […]

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Little Ridge Farm, rows of planted beans

Succession Planting

By Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Cumberland Sustainable Agriculture Professional Now that the garden soil is drying out and warming up, it’s time to get planting! Many gardeners wish that they had more space to get more veggies from. One way to increase your yields without increasing your garden space is with succession planting. Succession planting […]

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12 Great Gardens to Visit in Maine

By Kathleen McNerney, UMaine Extension Home Horticulture Coordinator No Matter where you travel in Maine there are fabulous gardens to visit and explore. From Kittery to Mt. Desert Island, from cottage gardens to arboretums and Native Plant gardens there is something for everyone. Here is a listing of some of the ‘must see’ Maine gardens […]

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