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This Planting Hack Makes Caging Tomatoes Easier

Growing season is upon us — and it’s time to rethink your planting strategy. This planting hack makes caging tomatoes a breeze. If you’ve ever used the round tomato cages prevalent in garden centers all over, you know the struggle. You’ve carefully planted the tomatoes in the bed but now must contend with the challenging …

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Pie

With a sweet-tart strawberry-rhubarb filling and a buttery, crumbly topping, this Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie is an early summer treat. Summertime is when we throw open our windows and step out our doors, seeking adventure on Maine’s peaks and in Maine’s waterways. It’s also when we grow things. Our garden is just beginning to grow. …

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How to Prepare Raised Bed Gardens for Growing Vegetables

Planning a garden? Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare raised bed gardens for vegetable growing. Hint: there’s yearly work to make them ready. Long before it was trendy, I devised plans for raised bed gardens and built them in my backyard. They were about 3-foot-by-3-foot, anchored with posts buried in the …

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Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce with Garlic, Onion and Basil

This robust Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce with Garlic, Onion and Basil makes good use of in-season tomatoes and is perfect for freezing to enjoy later. Confession: I keep glass jars and use them to store things. This old marinara jar was perfect for storing my homemade marinara sauce in the fridge or freezer. When we …

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In Our Maine Garden: Growing and Putting Up

The peas are growing! Doing a second planting of sweet peas was a gamble — it’s something we’ve never tried before and with Maine’s short growing season, there’s a chance the frost will happen before the plants can mature enough. Still, so far so good. The plants are growing quickly, seeking the string trellising to …

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In Our Maine Garden: Mid-Summer’s Produce Dreams

It’s mid-August and our mid-summer’s produce is a dream. Come gaze at our garden, and see why I am so excited about a plant I nearly pulled. I’d worried that some of our cucumbers just didn’t grow. That’s happened to us before — last year with baby bok choi, this year with my favorite peppers. …

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