Vegetables

vegetables; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Selected Readings and Content

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

Additional Resources


Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Core Competencies

At the end of these sessions you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • Factors to consider when selecting a garden site
  • Factors to consider when planning a vegetable garden
    • Variety selection to match conditions
    • Comparison of raised beds, in ground beds and conventional rows
    • Reasons for crop rotation and how to develop a simple rotation plan
    • Concepts and practices for intensive vegetable production
    • Basic garden record keeping
  • Key aspects of vegetable garden maintenance
    • Watering
    • Weed management
    • Fertilization
  • Techniques for extending the garden season
  • How and when to harvest and properly store common vegetable crops
  • Food safety and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for a safe harvest

Practical Skills Gained and Strengthened

  • Identify, prevent, and manage common weeds
  • How to plan, plant, and maintain a vegetable and/or herb garden
  • How to implement succession planting
  • How and when to harvest and properly store common vegetable crops
  • Food safety practices used in preparing fresh foods for consumption