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Somerset County Master Gardeners Newsletter October 2012

Well, a chill is in the air and the colors of autumn are all around us. Most of the garden chores are done, with the possible exception of planting some garlic for harvest next July. Also, if you haven’t done so already you may want to plant a cover crop in the garden area to protect the soil for next season. Those of us with flower gardens might be putting in a selection of flower bulbs for early color next spring.

Gardening in October

Items of Interest

  • Living with Wildlife: Are you having problems with wildlife around your home, garden or maybe the lawn? Help is on the way. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is currently assembling helpful information about common Maine Wildlife that may be causing conflicts with humans. The site, Living with Wildlife, is new and still being developed.

We at National Garden Bureau have of  late become more curious as to what inspires a person to become a gardener. Was there a special person in your childhood who showed you the joy of planting a small seed and watching it turn into a stunning sunflower or delicious tomato? Was it your own inspiration after you bought your first home and wanted to beautify the landscape in order to “keep up with the Joneses?” Or maybe it was the local movement and food safety issues that prompted you to grow your own produce? We are asking you, our loyal reader, to give us a minute of your time to help us explore this topic. We’d really like to know which childhood, young adult or adult experiences, if any, helped inspire you to become a gardener. Even if you have not had any experience in or inspirations to garden, we would still like to hear from you! Please share your experiences by taking this short survey.

Also, if you have an interesting story on how or who introduced you to gardening that you would like to share in our Master Gardener Newsletter, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Tom Goodspeed at or Kathy Hopkins at

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To Ted Weber and family on the passing of Nancy Weber, fellow Master Gardener and friend of Extension. Nancy’s dedication to her family and friends, and her lifetime spent teaching and sharing, was a model for us all.

Thank you!

Somerset County Master Gardener Volunteers

To date the Master Gardener Volunteers in Somerset County have

  1. volunteered over 1,040 hours in their communities;
  2. reached over 480 people through volunteering; and
  3. donated over 370 pounds to local food banks & neighbors.

This is just what we have to date (9/19/12), with more coming in each day!

Thank you and keep up the great work in your community and county. Please remember to send us your hours and produce donations to be counted as soon as you can.

At the present time I am glad to announce that we have been able to send out Master Gardener Volunteer Certificates to five people in our 2012 class and four re-certification certificates to previous Master Gardener Volunteers.


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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System