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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.

Winter is the time to…

  • orbamental apple tree in snowNote plants with winter interest to add to your landscape. Bright red branches, ornamental bark, persistent fruit, or interesting growth habits can all be lovely features to enjoy in a winter garden. Use these observations to make a shopping list for your spring garden center outings.
  • Try new recipes for crops you plan to grow. Did you get overwhelmed with cherry tomatoes last year? Take time to find new recipes for those bountiful crops so you can enjoy every bit of your harvest.
  • Be mindful of hazardous trees in your landscape. If you have potentially unsafe trees on your property, have a licensed arborist evaluate and take care of weak limbs or whole trees before winter storms make them a real issue. For information on smaller do-it-yourself pruning projects, check out our pruning resources.

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