Maine Home Garden News

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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 ! Resources: There are many ways to layout plants in your garden, consider Square Foot Gardening and traditional rows. Create a logical layout of plants based on the […]

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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! Resources: The basics of soil testing and reading a soil test are in Testing Your Soil, […]

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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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Maine Home Garden News — May 2020

In This Issue: May Is the Month to . . . Conway Homestead Garden in Camden: A Dream Come True A Review of The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy (2015) Bees of Maine: Family Megachilidae Advice for the Transplanted Gardener Growing Potatoes in Grow Bags Building an Accessible V-Bed Garden Learning Opportunities for Maine Gardeners […]

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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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Maine Home Garden News — April 2020

In This Issue: April Is the Month to . . . Meet Your Farmers: Peter and Julie Beckford of Rebel Hill Farm, Liberty, Maine Pruning Raspberries and Blackberries The Garden Primer Tiny Swede Midge Causes Big Crop Damage in Maine Family Apidae, Bees of Maine A Note from the Editor Monthly features: What Is It? […]

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Maine Home Garden News — March 2020

In This Issue: March Is the Month to . . . Volunteer Profile: Hospitality House Five Favorite Ways to Use a Cold Frame This Spring Book Review: Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe’s book, Native Plants for New England Gardens Native Plant Profile: Amelanchier Rural Living Day, April 4, 2020 NEW monthly features: What Is It? […]

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Maine Home Garden News — December 2019 Special Edition

In this time of reflection and gratitude… Dear Maine Home Garden News Readers, In this time of reflection and gratitude, I wanted to reach out one more time in 2019 to celebrate some of the individuals and groups that have made UMaine Cooperative Extension horticulture programming and outreach efforts a big success this year. The […]

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Maine Home Garden News — October 2019

October Is the Month to . . . Is Your Yard a Bare Cupboard for Pollinators? The Western Conifer Seed Bug 2020 Maine Garden Day: Save the Date! Gaultheria Procumbens, a Small Evergreen with a Large Scent Fun and Challenges of Building a Community Garden Food & Nutrition: Fall is for Food Safety October Is […]

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Maine Home Garden News — September 2019

September Is the Month to . . . Hügelkultur: Make Beautiful Soil with Woody Debris! Aphids Daffodil Tribute: United We Bloom App Allows Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Monarch Butterfly Research Growing to Give: A Nonprofit that Grows Organic Veggies to Donate to Local Food Pantries Food & Nutrition: How to Turn Your Harvest into […]

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