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Maine Home Garden Newsletter August available

The August 2014 issue of Maine Home Garden News is now available at:

Maine Home Garden News

In this issue…

August Is the Month to . . .
Native Perennials for Late Season Bee Gardens
Cover Crops for the Home Gardener
Tomatoes: Maine Foods for August

Preserving the Harvest -July workshops announced

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? UMaine Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, fermentation, drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Cost: $15 materials fee per person unless otherwise noted. Contact us at (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register at: Current Workshops .       

July 8, 2014   2:00pm-4:00pm  Refrigerator Pickling and Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs at  Kennebunk  To register: Contact Brick Store Museum at (207) 985-4802  or register online

July 15, 2014  5:30-8:30pm   Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans at UMaine Extension, South Paris   – Space available - sign up today!

July 18, 2014  2:00pm-4:00pm  Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs at Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Rd., Lisbon Falls     – Space available  – sign up today!

July 29, 2014   5:30pm-8:30pm  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans  at UMaine Extension, Falmouth   – Space available  - sign up today!

July 31, 2014   5:30pm-8:30pm  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans  at UMaine Extension, Lisbon Falls  – Space available  - sign up today!


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Maine Home Garden News

The Maine Home Garden News is now available for the July issue at:

Maine Home Garden News designed to equip home gardeners with practical information. It includes timely and seasonal tips as well as research-based articles related to garden, yard, kitchen and community. Articles are written by UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals, as well as Master Gardener Volunteers from around Maine. 

 In this issue . . .

Reminder:  ~ Save the Date for the Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Day event being held on August 9, between 10 am-3 pm rain or shine.~

Vertical Pallet Gardening

WCSH 6 Interview with Horticulturist

Amy Witt on vertical pallet gardening.

The interview takes place at the Tidewater Garden, in Falmouth, where there are two great examples of pallet gardening.  You can see them in person at the Demonstration Garden Open House, taking place on June 18th, 5-7pm.

Verticle Gardening

WCSH 6 Interview with Horticulturist

Amy Witt on vertical gardening.

The interview takes place at the Tidewater Garden, in Falmouth, where there are great examples of vertical gardening. Maine Harvest for Hunger and the Demonstration Garden Open House, taking place on June 18th, is also mentioned.

Maine Harvest for Hunger

Consider planting an extra row of vegetables and fruit this year and donating it to local soup kitchens and food pantries through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program. The program is open to all gardeners and is coordinated through the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.

Why Maine Harvest for Hunger is so important:

-14.9% of Maine households, representing approximately 200,000 individuals, are “food insecure”.

-Maine ranks 18th in the nation and 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity.

-24%, or nearly 1 in every 4 children, are food insecure.

For more information or to enroll in the program, visit:


(illustration by Lynne Hazelton)

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OPEN HOUSE: Demonstration Garden at Tidewater Farm

Falmouth, Maine. Wednesday June 18th, 2014. 5PM-7PM 

The event, which is sponsored by WCLZ and the Inn by the Sea, will consist of gardening tips and demonstrations, including vegetable gardening, beekeeping, food preservation and composting. There also will be food (FOR SALE OR FOR FREE SAMPLING?) and music by the Pinetones.

UMaine Extension’s Home Horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer programs are establishing the demonstration garden at Tidewater Farm to provide agricultural and horticultural educational opportunities to the community. The main objectives are to teach youth and adults the basic gardening skills they need to grow their own food, and to promote best gardening practices for food production and ecologically compatible landscapes while creating community for gardeners of all ages and abilities.


Tidewater Farm demonstration garden is located on Presumpscot Point Road; take Route 1 to Clearwater Drive and follow the signs. For more information call 207-781-6099 or email




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Maine Home Garden News September 2013 issue


The September, 2013 articles of Maine Home Garden News are now available at:

Maine Home Garden News articles

In this issue . . .

September is the month to . . .
So You’ve Had a Bad Gardening Year
Winter Storage of Some Vegetables
Root Cellar Project — York County


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May 2013 issue Maine Home Garden News available now!

Photos by Edwin Remsberg






Maine Home Garden News is published during the Maine gardening season. The May issue is now available at:

To receive this free online gardening newsletter:

For more information, contact us at 1-800-287-1471.  UMaine Extension no longer designs “for print” publications, except for as needed by clients who don’t have online access including e-mail.

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UMaine Extension Backyard Locavore Event Tickets on Sale

Our 5th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Aug. 10 in various communities within Cumberland County. Events in Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Portland, Raymond, South Portland, Scarborough and Windham begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $15 in advance, $20 day of event and children under 12 are free. This is a rain or shine event.

Tickets can be ordered online:    More information is available by contacting 207-781-6099 or (800)-287-1471 in Maine, or email:

Registrants will receive a booklet in July describing each site and a map showing specific locations. Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. Every year more and more people grow, raise, harvest and preserve foods in a sustainable way to meet individual food needs.

Each backyard will have a Master Gardener volunteer to answer your questions on gardening methods, including vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, root cellars, greenhouses, beekeeping, backyard poultry.  Specific food-preservation methods such as drying, hot water bath canning, making herbal vinegars and jam making may be discussed with a Master Food Preserver volunteer.  There will be complementary food samples.

This event raises funds for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Programming at the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.




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Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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