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Spring Gardening Series: Irrigation for the Home Garden

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Webinar Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on June 23, 2021 In this webinar, you’ll learn what to look for when purchasing compost and […]

Free – $10

Spring Gardening Series: Fiddleheads, A Spring Tradition

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Webinar Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on April 14, 2021 Fiddlehead picking is a springtime tradition in New England. In this webinar, we’ll […]

Free – $10

Winter Gardening: The Science of Pruning

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Webinar Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on February 10, 2021 Join us for a presentation on how to select the best pruning cuts […]

Free – $5

Planning your Vegetable Garden: Selecting the Right Seeds

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Are you starting to receive next year’s seed catalogs and wondering where to begin? Join MOFGA’s Crops and Conservation Specialist Caleb Goossen for […]

Free – $5

Reflections on the Season: Growing Fruit Trees in Maine

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation.  Whether you are a hobby orchardist, commercial grower, or interested in starting your own orchard, we want to hear from you! Join us for this special panel discussion with Fruit Tree experts from across the state to reflect on this past growing season, share lessons and challenges from […]

Free – $5

Native Seed Starting

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation.  Did you know that late fall and early winter is the perfect time to start native seeds outdoors? Join Master Gardener Volunteer Ginger Laurits for this webinar to learn how to successfully start and care for native plants!

Free – $5

Backyard Composting

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation.  Home composting is fun and easy if you understand the basic principles and concepts. Join UMaine Extension Educator Mark Hutchinson for this webinar to learn about best practices for managing a successful backyard compost pile!

Free – $5

Decorating with Nature for Fall

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Join UMaine Extension Community Education Assistant, Lynne Holland for this webinar to learn about novel ways to decorate a door, mantle, or table for the upcoming season!

Free – $5

Planning a Backyard Orchard

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October 7 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Are you thinking of planting some fruit trees next spring? If so, now is actually the best time to start planning! Join MOFGA’s Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine CJ Walke for this webinar to help pave the way for success […]

Free – $5

Root Cellaring

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Registration is required with a $5 suggested donation. Root Cellaring is a low energy method for storing your fresh produce into the winter. In this talk we’ll discuss the ideal storage conditions for most of our crops, and how to create those various conditions throughout most households. While we will touch on specialized outbuilding structures […]

Free

Growing Garlic

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Garlic is an easy-to-grow fall-planted crop that is great for you and makes almost everything taste better. Learn all aspects of garlic culture including planting stock, site selection, timing of harvest and proper drying with our garlic expert, Dave Fuller who has 25 years of experience growing garlic […]

Free

Pain Free Gardening

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Gardening is great exercise, but the physical demands of gardening get harder on the body as time goes by. You can reduce the potential of joint, muscle, or back injuries by making small changes in your gardening routines. In this workshop, we’ll introduce ergonomic tools and techniques to […]

Free

Cover Crops and Soil Management

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Have you ever wondered what you can do in the fall to prepare your garden for the next year? Join us for a discussion about fall activities that will improve soil health in your garden. A special emphasis will be put on cover crops for the home gardener, […]

Free

All Season Gardening

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Gardening doesn’t have to stop when the traditional growing season ends in Maine. By using simple, small, movable greenhouse or low tunnel structures which we will cover how you can build for yourself, you can start growing winter greens in late summer and keep them going right through […]

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Choosing Native Plants for Pollinators

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Registration required with a $5 suggested donation. Learn about the important role native plants play in our ecosystems and how you can support pollinator populations in your own backyard by planting native species. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to select native plants for pollinators and specific growing conditions for these different planting combinations.  Instructor: Ginger Laurits, […]

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Gardening for Wildlife

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Audubon as we explore how our home landscapes can be more beautiful as well as beneficial to birds and other wildlife. Learn how easy and rewarding growing native plant species and paying closer attention to the ecology around us can be. Registration is required - $10 […]

$10

Invasive Plant Management

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Perhaps you already know how to recognize invasive plants and why they are harmful. What can we do about invasive plants? This presentation will cover key steps in managing invasive plants such as assessment, prioritization, control, disposal, and monitoring. There are many things you can do to reduce the impacts and spread of invasive plants. […]

Invasive Plant Ecology and Identification

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Invasive plants can over-run wildlife habitat, strangle trees, and change soil microbe communities in ways that harm forests and other natural areas. You can help by learning to recognize these plants. Come learn: what is an invasive plant, and why are invasive plants harmful? Where do they come from, and how do they spread? How […]

Gardening for Wildlife

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Audubon as we explore how our home landscapes can be more beautiful as well as beneficial to birds and other wildlife. Learn how easy and rewarding growing native plant species and paying closer attention to the ecology around us can be. Registration is required - $10 […]

$10

Garden Chats: Community Gardens

Join us for a 1-hour Community Gardens with Lynne Holland, Community Education Assistant! This session will feature a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with UMaine Extension's Home Horticulture Team and fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Native Plants

Join us for a 1-hour Native Plants with Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator! This session will feature a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with UMaine […]

Free

Gardening for Wildlife

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Audubon as we explore how our home landscapes can be more beautiful as well as beneficial to birds and other wildlife. Learn how easy and rewarding growing native plant species and paying closer attention to the ecology around us can be. Registration is required - $10 […]

$10

Garden Chats: Landscape Design

Join us for a 1-hour Landscape Design with Charlene Gray, UMaine Lecturer and Academic Program Coordinator for Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture! This session will feature a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with UMaine Extension's Home Horticulture Team and fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Low Input Lawns and Lawn Alternatives

Join us for a 1-hour Low Input Lawns and Lawn Alternatives session with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator! This session will feature a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with UMaine Extension's Home Horticulture Team and fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Tick Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Tick Show and Tell session! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of ticks by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Gardening for Wildlife

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Audubon as we explore how our home landscapes can be more beautiful as well as beneficial to birds and other wildlife. Learn how easy and rewarding growing native plant species and paying closer attention to the ecology around us can be. Registration is required - $10 […]

$10

Garden Chats: Insect Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Insect Show and Tell session! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of insects by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Disease Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Disease Show and Tell session with Alicyn Smart, Plant Pathologist & Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of plant diseases by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Vegetables Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Vegetables Show and Tell session with Caragh Fitzgerald, Associate Extension Professor! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of vegetables grown by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Ornamentals Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Ornamentals Show and Tell session with Kate Garland, Horticulture Professional for Penobscot County! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of ornamentals grown by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Small Fruits Show and Tell

Join us for a 1-hour Small Fruits Show and Tell session with David Handley, our Vegetable & Small Fruit Specialist at Highmoor Farm! This session will feature a short slideshow presentation of small fruits grown by our Home Horticulture team followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state and beyond.

Free

Garden Chats: Direct Seeding

Join us for a 1-hour session focused on Direct Seeding your garden! Each session will being with a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow […]

Free

Garden Chats: Succession Planting

Join us for a 1-hour session focused on Succession Planting your garden! Each session will being with a short presentation on the featured topic followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow […]

Free
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