Fall in the Garden: Learning Series

pumpkins in a field, autumn harvestAre You Ready for Fall Gardening? Or are You Prepping for Next Year?

Come join us for a series of in-person educational programs designed to help you extend the season and save more of what your garden provides. Each program will cover a topic that you can implement this fall and will include a presentation and Q&A session.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022-Thursday, October 6, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Two Locations: Skowhegan and Farmington

Topics Covered:

Presented by:

  • Brett Johnson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Professional, Somerset County
  • Nick Rowley, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Professional, Franklin County

Questions About the Series?

Contact Emily Collins, Administrative Specialist, UMaine Extension, Somerset County, at emily.collins3@maine.edu or 207.474.9622.

Program Schedule:

Planting the Fall Garden

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
7 County Drive, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation of $0-15.00

A survey of conditions and considerations unique to the fall growing season will be discussed. Strategies to drive success will be developed by considering the appropriate windows for planting various cool-season crops and the ways in which the production environment may be modified to deliver tasty veggies even after the first frost.

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CANCELED (September 22): Harvesting and Storing the Fall Crop

Thursday, September 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
138 Pleasant Street Suite #1, Farmington, Maine 04938 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation of $0-15.00

A general overview of storing vegetables for the home gardener or small farm. We will discuss various storage strategies which will prolong the usefulness of vegetables for home consumption or markets including storage conditions, curing, planning, and variety selection.

Session Canceled: Registration Unavailable

Seed Saving: Variety Selection 

Tuesday, September 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
7 County Drive, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation: $0-15.00

What is even better than growing that perfect garden tomato? Learning how to save seed and grow it again next year! This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the genetic considerations involved in plant selection and seed saving, as well as, the importance of seed sanitation. 

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Preparing Next Year’s Garden this Fall

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
138 Pleasant Street, Suite #1, Farmington, Maine 04938 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation: $0-15.00

While the growing season in Maine may be short, there are many tasks you can do outside of this time to help prepare, improve and promote success in your future gardening endeavors. Come learn about fall preparation for next year’s garden, no better time than now! Cover cropping, reduced tillage and fall maintenance will be discussed. 

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A Plant Out of Place: Weeds in the Fall Garden

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
7 County Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation: $0-15.00

Are the out-of-place plants outcompeting your veggies? Join us for a survey of perennial, biennial, and cool-season annual weeds that are commonly found in Maine gardens. Learn the basics of botany and how to use a key to identify your own weeds. Strategies to manage problem plants based on plant characteristics and methods of plant survival will also be explored.

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Topic TBD: Based on Participant Feedback Throughout the Series

Tuesday, October 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
7 County Drive, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 (Directions: Google Maps)
Suggested Donation: $0-15.00

Program Description: T.B.D.

Registration: Coming Soon!

For any one of the events above:

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Contact Emily Collins, Administrative Specialist, UMaine Extension, Somerset County, at emily.collins3@maine.edu or 207.474.9622, a week before the event. If requests are received after this time period, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.


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