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Spring Gardening Series: Fiddleheads: A Spring Tradition

Fiddlehead picking is a springtime tradition in New England. In this webinar, we’ll cover how to properly identify, sustainably harvest and safely cook New England’s iconic ostrich fern fiddleheads.

Moderator: Donna Coffin, Extension Professor for UMaine Extension

Instructor: Dave Fuller is an agriculture and non-timber forest products professional with UMaine Extension. His areas of focus include organic production of garlic and onions and foraged crops such as wild leeks and ostrich fern fiddleheads.

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Spring Gardening Series: Getting the Most Out of Compost and Manure

Compost and manure have many uses in the garden and landscape. In this webinar, you’ll learn what to look for when purchasing compost and manure, what the benefits and considerations are for using these products, how to use different kinds of manure, no-till practices, and at what rates to use these products. You’ll also learn about some applications to avoid or use with caution, and techniques for getting the most out of your compost and manure throughout your home landscape.

ModeratorNate Bernitz, Home Horticulture Outreach Program Manager for UNH Extension

Instructor: Olivia Saunders is a Field Specialist in Fruit & Vegetable Production, in the UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Program. Olivia is also the SARE Professional Development Program Coordinator at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She has been with UNH Extension since 2013 and in her role as SARE coordinator since 2017.

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Spring Gardening Series: Irrigation for the Home Garden

Irrigation is essential for growing healthy annual vegetables, herbs, and flowers. In this webinar, we’ll learn about different ways to water your garden with a special focus on how to successfully install, maintain, and manage a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems are a simple and effective way to help home gardeners better manage and conserve water. After viewing this webinar, you’ll have the information and resources you need to set up their own drip irrigation system at home.

Moderator: Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator for UMaine Extension

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If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Spring Gardening Series: Preparing Your Garden Site: Getting Ahead of Weeds

When establishing a new garden, it’s tempting to rush ahead but experienced gardeners learn the value of starting with a weed free planting bed. Whether converting lawn to garden, or working with a site overgrown with weeds, there are several proven approaches to preparing your garden plot. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the many approaches you can use, and considerations for choosing which method is suitable for your next garden expansion effort. This webinar will cover practices ranging from Extension favorites to those you might not want to rely on. Practices you’ll learn about will include, but not be limited to, tarping, deep tillage, double-dig, sheet mulching, and building up with raised beds.

Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Home Horticulture Outreach Program Manager for UNH Extension

Instructor: Nick Rowley is a Food and Agriculture Field Specialist working out of Coös County. Nick is a member of the Fruit and Vegetable Production Team, as well as the Dairy, Livestock and Forage Crop Team. He is also involved in Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program and New Farmer School and has been with UNH Extension since February 2020. Nick’s work focuses on soil health, fertility management, cover cropping and weed management in vegetable production and perennial forage systems. 

 

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Spring Gardening Series: Supporting Pollinators in Your Landscape

Pollinators are a critical part of the natural ecosystem yet many studies show their numbers are in decline. Fortunately there are ways to attract and support pollinators in the garden and landscape. Join us to learn about native pollinators and their habitat needs, as well as tips for selecting plants, designing gardens with pollinators in mind, and maintaining established pollinator gardens.

ModeratorLynne Holland, Community Education Assistant for UMaine Extension

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If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Spring Gardening Series: Weed Management for the Perennial and Ornamental Landscape

Weeds are easily one of the most challenging issues in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for nutrients, water and light, harbor diseases and insect pests, and take away from the overall appearance of the landscape. Get ahead of weeds in your garden this season by learning how to identify, prevent and manage them in existing gardens. This webinar will focus on many of the most common weeds in Maine and New Hampshire gardens, and will detail effective control strategies for each.

Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Home Horticulture Outreach Program Manager for UNH Extension

Instructor: Emma Erler is a Field Specialist in Landscape and Greenhouse Horticulture with UNH Extension. Emma provides research-based programming and technical assistance to green-industry businesses throughout the state, including nursery, garden center, and landscape operations.

 

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at extension.gardening@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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UMaine Extension Workshops, Classes, and Events
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Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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