Victory Garden for ME

Food scraps on compost pile

Episode 10: Preparing Your Garden for Winter

In this episode of Victory Garden for ME, learn about how to build and manage a compost pile, sheet mulching techniques to establish new garden beds, planting a fall cover crop or mulching your garden to prevent soil erosion, reconditioning your garden tools at the end of the season, and more! Helpful Tips and Resources: […]

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Raised bed at Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden

Episode 9: Pain-Free Gardening

In this episode of Victory Garden for ME, learn about how to plan your day in the garden, proper stretching and lifting techniques, selecting ergonomic tools, adapting existing tools to improve their ergonomics, designing your garden to match your abilities, and much more! Helpful Tips and Resources: The Maine AgrAbility Project pages and The Maine […]

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canned cucumber pickles

Episode 8: What to Do With Your Harvest

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME, learn about best practices for preserving your fresh produce, how to process high and low-acid foods, simple and low-tech preservation techniques, root cellaring, putting your gardens to bed in the fall, and much more! Helpful Tips and Resources: Throughout the season keep these Five Steps to Food […]

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Leaf spots on tomato plant

Episode 7: What’s Wrong With My Plant?

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME, learn about cultural practices to prevent diseases in your garden, how to diagnose a disease problem, common vegetable diseases, how and when to submit sample to our Plant Diagnostic Lab, and much more! Helpful Tips and Resources: The first, best, place to get answers to your gardening […]

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Rain gauge in garden

Episode 6: How to Water Your Garden

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn about how much and when you need to water your garden, techniques and best practices, drip irrigation and more! Helpful Tips and Resources: Getting water directly to the plant roots is the best way to water. Avoid potential disease issues by not watering the leaves.    Trickle […]

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Weeding the garden with a hand tool

Episode 5: Managing Weeds

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn about the importance of managing weeds in your garden, how to prevent and manage weeds, the stale seedbed method, and much more! Helpful Tips and Resources: There are many Weed Identification tools and research-based publications are the best place to find information about weeds. Online resources […]

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Dried Beans

Episode 4: Get Planting

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn about different ways to organize your garden, square foot gardening, companion planting, direct seed vs. transplants, proper planting techniques and more ! Helpful Tips and Resources: There are many ways to layout plants in your garden, consider Square Foot Gardening and traditional rows. Create a logical layout of plants […]

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Farmer pulling up a cover crop to show its roots

Episode 3: Preparing Your Garden Soil

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn how to prepare your garden soil for the growing season by testing your soil, amending your soil based on soil test results, adding organic matter (if needed) and much more! Helpful Tips and Resources: The basics of soil testing and reading a soil test are in […]

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String Beans

Episode 2: Planning Your Garden

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn how to plan your garden based on your family’s food preferences, plans for preserving your produce, when vegetables can be safely planted outside, succession planting techniques and more! Gardening Resources: Planting Chart for the Home Vegetable Garden Vegetable Varieties for Maine Gardens Succession Planting, Cumberland County […]

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Pepper Seedlings

Episode 1: Vegetable Gardening – Where to Begin

In this edition of Victory Garden for ME,  learn about how to select and prepare your garden site, evaluate your soil conditions and garden in small spaces with raised beds and containers. Resources: Garden Planning at Its Best, MSU Extension Soil Texture by Feel, UC Davis (video) Know Your Soil: Lead in Soil, Bulletin #2281 […]

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