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Succulent Care

Succulent Care While succulents have gained a reputation for being hardy, they’re not indestructible! Read below for tips on keeping your succulents happy, healthy and thriving. Remember that succulents are desert plants and love their sunshine. Provide as much natural sun light as you are able. Don’t over water! Succulents should be watered only when the soil has dried out completel...
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Choosing the Perfect Pumpkin

Choosing the Perfect Pumpkin October is here, and while fall has already ushered in pumpkin spiced lattes, cookies, and everything else imaginable, it’s time to pick out an actual pumpkin for your fall display. Below are some tips on how to pick out the perfect pumpkin courtesy of Estabrook’s Whether you're looking to carve the ultimate Jack-O-Lantern or simply dress up your front st...
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Fall Planting for Springtime Blooms

A well-known adage is “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”; gardening does require patience and hope while you wait for the moment your hard work and plans come to fruition. Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to plan, plant and wait for your spring garden. September is the perfect time to begin getting ready for early spring flowers. Hardy bulbs (or spring bulbs) like tulips, and cro...
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Learning Fun for Everyone!

A new school year is here, however expanding your knowledge of horticulture and gardening can be a year round endeavor for any person at any age. Whether you’re looking for educational resources for children or adults, we have some great options below.     For Children: Teach ME about Food and Farming Teach ME about Food and Farming offers agricultural lesson plans for ...
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Plant for Pollinators

Pollinators like bees, moths, hummingbirds, butterflies, and various other insects that contribute to Maine’s plants completing their reproductive cycle. As pollinators bounce from plant to plant taking their nectar they collect and leave behind pollen. It’s with this pollen that plants can produce flowers, fruits, or nuts. If you are looking for plants to support your local pollinators, there ...
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Shop Local This Summer!

      As summer approaches and Maine’s stay at home order slowly lifts, now more than ever is the perfect time to support your local independent garden store! You can spruce up your gardens and support a local business all at the same time. Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping locally: Gives You Access To Local Experts: When you shop at a local nur...
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Shop Local and Support Your Community

  Keep Your Holiday Dollars Local The weather is crisping up and fall is upon us! Did you have time to clean up your gardens and put them to bed? Cutting back perennials, protecting delicate plants, and sheltering vulnerable shrubs should be the priority. After the grounds are cleaned up, you may be carving pumpkins, decorating for Thanksgiving, or even shopping for the upcoming holiday...
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The Bountiful Harvest

Preserving the Harvest With such a beautiful growing season, this year's autumn harvest is bountiful! Be sure to share your photos and food preservation tips in our Facebook Group. What are some of your favorite fall recipes? We'd love to know! You may also want to check out these "how-to" videos found on the UMaine Cooperative Extension website. Pick Your Own Apples Might it be time to c...
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Fall is For Planting

  Planting Season: It's Not Over till it's Over! After a cold and rainy spring we had a glorious and amazing summer here in Maine. Labor Day has passed and children are back to school. But we still have some warm days ahead! As Tom Estabrook is always telling us: "Fall is for planting." It's not too late to establish some perennials, get your mums in the ground or pots, and to clean up ...
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Bee a Friend to Pollinators

  Give them water Bees and other pollinators are hard at work! Did you know? According to Golden Blossom Honey, "In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifet...
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