Vegetables

vegetables; photo by Edwin Remsberg

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


SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

MOFGA fact sheets — Look for

  • Basics of Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • Storing Garden Vegetables

Additional Resources


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