UMaine Extension Cumberland

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UMaine Extension Cumberland

75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105
207.781.6099
1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)

Upcoming Events

Food Preservation Basics Series**

July 18 @ 12:45 pm2:45 pm

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Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$100

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden fruits and vegetables? This food-preservation class will teach you the basic steps for canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food-preservation packet and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, as well as the latest and safest recipes and equipment to ensure safety. Classes will be a combination of presentation and hands-on activities. No class July 4. Kate McCarty has been the Food Systems Professional at…

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Food Preservation Basics Series**

July 25 @ 12:45 pm2:45 pm

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Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$100

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden fruits and vegetables? This food-preservation class will teach you the basic steps for canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food-preservation packet and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, as well as the latest and safest recipes and equipment to ensure safety. Classes will be a combination of presentation and hands-on activities. No class July 4. Kate McCarty has been the Food Systems Professional at…

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Herbaceous Plants

July 30 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm, 028, r04
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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$10

This workshop will focus on selecting and propagating herbaceous plants for the Maine landscape. Participants will learn about sexual and asexual propagation techniques, tips for selecting herbaceous plants for your garden, and best practices for taking your own plant cuttings. This workshop will take place at the UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth, ME.   Instructors – Matthew Wallhead, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist for UMaine Cooperative Extension and Pamela Hargest, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County

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August 2019

Food Preservation Basics Series**

August 1 @ 12:45 pm2:45 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$100

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden fruits and vegetables? This food-preservation class will teach you the basic steps for canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food-preservation packet and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, as well as the latest and safest recipes and equipment to ensure safety. Classes will be a combination of presentation and hands-on activities. No class July 4. Kate McCarty has been the Food Systems Professional at…

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Cheese Board Condiments – Falmouth

August 13 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm
UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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$20
assorted home-canned foods

Impress your guests with homemade pickles and preserves on your next cheese board. From chutneys and jams to pickles and relishes, we’ll sample and make two preserved products that pair well with cheese. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Participants may bring their own pressure canner dial gauge to class…

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September 2019

Tomato Salsa – Falmouth

September 12 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm
UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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$20

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great summer tomatoes? This hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basic steps for canning and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Participants may bring their own pressure canner dial gauge to class for a free accuracy test! Please bring a…

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UMaine Extension Cumberland
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105
207.781.6099
1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
  Visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland:   extension.edu/cumberland

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Lemon Queen Sunflowers - Helianthus annuus

Annual

 

Short Description

Beautiful butter yellow flowers blossom mid-summer to frost! Typically grow to more than 5 ft. tall. Expect 70 days to flower.

Growing Guidelines

  1. Around the last frost date, sow seeds directly into the soil.
  2. Plant seeds 1" deep and 6" apart.
  3. Water well after planting.
  4. Apply a 3"-4" layer of mulch to conserve water and keep down weeds.
  5. Thin seedlings to 1 ft. apart to allow 2 to 3 ft. between plants.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Sunflowers are drought-resistant, but they'll grow better if you water regularly from the time the flowers begin to develop until they're mature. Thriving in most soils, these flowers will become massive if given ample fertility, space and water. Harvest blossoms for continued flowering.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Calendula Mix-Calendula officinalis

 

Short Description

Fruition has hand-selected this variety to have a brilliant diversity of colors with dozens of gorgeous, petals on each blossom.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. After the last frost, sow directly outside in the garden.
  2. Plant seed 24 to 36 inches apart in all directions.

Transplant method

  1. A cool-season plant, calendula can be started indoors in flats, under grow lights 6-8 weeks before the last frost for early season flowering.
  2. Seeds germinate in 5-15 days.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun to partial shade. Easy to grow and remarkably drought tolerant, calendula also thrives in containers and will readily naturalize when let go to seed.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Purple Queen Anne's Lace

"Dara" Daucus carota

 

Short Description

Gorgeously laced 3-5" umbels in shades of burgundy, lilac, mauve & white on long, strong stems perfect for cutting, adored by pollinators. Related to our native carrot, Queen Anne's Lace.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. In early spring, after late frost, sow seeds directly in soil.
  2. Plant 1 seed 1/8" deep and 2" apart.
  3. Expect 2 weeks for germination.
  4. When seedlings are 2-3" tall, thin to 1 plant every 9-12".
  5. Support may be needed if fertility is high or if your garden is windy.

Transplant method

  1. Chill seed at 40 F 1-2 weeks prior to sowing 1/8" deep, 2 seeds per cell 4-5 weeks before planting out.
  2. Expect germination in 1-2 weeks.
  3. When first leaves appear, transplant into larger containers.
  4. Harden off & transplant with 9-12" between plants after last frost.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Expect 65-75 days to maturity. Dara has an exceptionally long vase life; harvest when 80% of an umbel's flowers are open & no pollen has shed. Enjoy 7-15 heads per plant on swaying 35-50" stalks.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.
Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Marigolds

Annual

Care and Feeding

Transplant Only: Sow 4 weeks before last frost shallowly, 2 seeds per cell and thin to 1, keeping soil surface moist until emergence. Transplant to larger containers when true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside when the danger of frost has passed with 12" between plants. Deadhead for blossoms all season.

  • Sowing Date: Indoors before last frost
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 4-7 days at 75-80°F
  • Days to Maturity: 60
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
  • Height: 12 inches

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Organic Mexican Sunflower (Torch Tithonia)

Annual

Care and Feeding
Direct Seed (recommended): After final frost, sow every 8" and thin to one every ~2'. Light required to germ, so barely cover seed. Full sun is best. Any (even poor) soil is suitable. Harvest flowers when 90% open for bouquets.

Transplant: Sow indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost, transplanting after frost with spacing below.
 
  • Sowing Date: After frost; Late May- early June
  • Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-14 days
  • Days to Maturity: 85
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 2 feet
  • Height: 5-7 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Cosmos

Annual

Care and Feeding

Direct Seed (recommended): After last frost, shallowly sow 4 seeds/foot & thin to 1/foot when first true leaves appear. Wider spacing = thicker stronger stems.

Bouquets: harvest when petals first open. Deadhead for blooms all season.

Transplant: Shallowly sow 4 weeks before transplanting after last frost at below spacing. Transplant your cosmos for earlier blooms and more full-size plants per pack; direct sow for blooms throughout the season and simplicity of sowing.

  • Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-10
  • Days to Maturity: 65-70
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 18-24 inches
  • Height: 3-4 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.