University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s publications & books help “extend” University of Maine resources to the Maine public.
- Extending The Gardening Season Using Raised Beds, Parts 1-4
Learn how to build a raised-bed garden that will allow you to grow food in smaller spaces and expand your growing season.
- Gardening in Limited Space Using Container Gardens, Parts 1 & 2
Learn how to grow a vegetable garden in containers when you have limited or no garden space.
- Garden Safety
Garden and food safety will teach you how to select the correct site for your garden, how to properly prepare your garden and what contaminants affect your garden.
- How To Build A Seedling Stand To Extend the Gardening Season
Learn how to extend your growing season by growing your own seedlings and building your own seedling stand. A list of materials and a diagram are provided with this video.
- How to Donate Food to Maine Harvest for Hunger
Learn how farmers and gardeners can donate high quality surplus produce to those who have limited access to fresh vegetables.
- How To Get Rid of Invasive Plants
Learn what types of plants are invasive, where they come from, the damage they can cause and what types of plants you can use to replace invasive plants.
- Native Plants in Maine
Learn what plants are truly native to Maine, their impact on our wildlife, and their affect on our landscape.
- Putting the Garden to Bed
Learn how to use the organic matter from your garden, after you have harvested your garden, to improve soil quality for next year’s garden.
- Soil Testing
Learn when is the best time to test your soil, how to sample your soil and where to send your soil for analysis.
- How To Harvest and Store Apples
Learn when to pick apples in Maine and what criteria determines the correct time for picking apples.
- How To Prune Apple Trees
Learn when to prune your apple tree, how much to prune, and whether to prune for aesthetics or to improve fruit production.
- How To Grow Blueberries: Site Selection
Learn how to grow blueberries, where to plant them, and what affect the environment and other plants have on the berries.
- How To Prune Blueberry Bushes
Learn how and what parts of a blueberry bush to prune to improve plant quality and fruit production.
- Planting Blueberries
Learn how to select good blueberry plants, how and when to plant them, and what types of organic matter and mulch you should use.
- Different Varieties of Raspberries, Parts 1 & 2
Learn about the many varieties of raspberries, their hardiness and fruit production, and which varieties are best suited for Maine’s climate.
- How To Grow Raspberries
Learn about the different parts of a raspberry plant, how to grow raspberries, and when your plant will produce fruit.
- Pruning Raspberries
Learn how and when to prune raspberries, how to thin canes and remove fruiting canes, and how to narrow rows.
Insect Pests and Plant Diseases
- Composting Basics
Learn why you should compost, the processes of composting, and what can and can not be composted.
- Composting Recipe
Learn what compost ingredients to use and how much to use along with how to blend, mix and cook your compost.
- Worm Composting
Learn how to create an indoor or outdoor worm bin, what worms to use, and what materials are needed.
If you love gardening, consider becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer. If you want to preserve the fruits of your labor, consider becoming a Master Food Preserver.