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University of Vermont Extension 4-H is sponsoring an Edible Art Contest this summer to inspire kids, 8 to 18, to get creative with their food. There is no fee to enter and enrollment in 4-H is not required. Participants may enter all five categories, though only one entry is permitted per category. Entries will be evaluated on artistry, individuality and creativity, with feedback provided. The winners in each category will receive special recognition. Participants must take a photo of their entry and email it to rosemarie.garritano@uvm.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 10. Each entry must be...

CUCUMBERS PICKED FRESH from the garden are a wonderful treat. With proper care, you can grow a bumper crop. Photo by Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Is there anything better than a fresh, home-grown cucumber? Warmed by the sun, the crisp and juicy just-picked cucumber just doesn’t compare to store-bought ones. Although cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, getting a nice crop can take some strategizing at the beginning of the growing season.  Cucumbers can be grown easily from seed or from starts, which can be purchased at your local greenhouse or garden center. They need full sun and nutrient-rich, well-drained soil and are sensitive to dry conditions, especially while the fruit is growing. Dry conditions can make cucumbers taste bitter...
VERMONT — UVM Extension’s Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team is reminding farmers of several upcoming programs and workshops aimed to improve their farming practices. Farm Agricultural Practices Program has set deadlines of June 15 to sign up for its Rotational Grazing program and Aug. 1 for Cover Crops instruction. The Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program is a state of Vermont program that uses state funding to help Vermont farms implement soil-based agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges....

LOW GARDEN TUNNELS such as this one can not only get your gardens started early, but can also help you extend your season well into the fall and early winter. Photo courtesy UVM Extension
Low tunnels are the contemporary version of the “cold boxes,” made out of windows and wood frames, which older generation gardeners used to start plants early in the season. They are also every bit as good for extending your season well into the fall and early winter — even in Vermont. These tunnels provide other forms of protection for your garden throughout the year. Think of them as the home and community gardener equivalent of the high tunnels we see on many farms. The simplest low tunnel can be created with wire hoops that can be purchased at any garden supply store. Place the wire hoops...

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