Vegetable gardening for beginners

Feb 05, 2014

Camden — Liz Stanley of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will lead a workshop for beginning vegetable gardeners at Merryspring Nature Center Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This hands-on, interactive workshop is designed to teach new gardeners almost everything they need to know about starting a healthy and productive vegetable garden. The class will start with the basics of garden planning, including sighting and placement, as well as different types of gardens for different goals. Participants will learn about how to choose best varieties for their landscape and Maine’s short growing season, and how and when to start their seeds. The workshop will also cover how to prepare garden soil, basic tool care and maintenance, and troubleshooting for weeds and pests. Gardeners who are just starting out are encouraged to bring either a yard plan or a Google Earth print-out of their property to discuss where the best place for a garden should be.

Stanley coordinates adult and youth garden programs for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties and helps home gardeners with their questions. She lives on Crawford Pond in Warren, where she and her husband grow trees, flowers, vegetables and a large teenager.

The cost for this class is $10 for Merryspring members, and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, and space is limited to 12 people. To sign up, please contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or

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