Squash is prime for stuffing. Here’s what to put in yours. A bumper crop of acorn squash in the garden this year presents quite a challenge: how many ways can I cook them? by Sandy Oliver 9 hours ago9 hours ago 14 foods you didn’t know you could freeze by Sam Schipani 11 hours agoOctober 19, 2020 How a cold frame keeps you growing food all year by Sam Schipani October 19, 2020October 19, 2020 How to get started with hydroponics by Sam Schipani 3 essential watering tools for beginning gardeners by Sam Schipani These are the must-have gardening tools for first-time gardeners by Sam Schipani Pull that can of pumpkin from the back of the cupboard and whip up these cookies by Sandy Oliver, Taste Buds 6 ways to make DIY seedling containers to start your plants by Sam Schipani FOOD 5 tasty ways to reduce food waste by Sam Schipani Homemade pumpkin puree is easy and more flavorful 5 Portland restaurants that closed during the pandemic How to make shrubs, a delicious summertime drink GARDENING What to make with green tomatoes by Sam Schipani This is why your tomatoes are cracked on the vine Withered or dead squash stems could be a sign of vine boring moth larvae This is why your tomatoes are still green, and what you can do about it CLEANING Combining these common household cleaning chemicals could make you sick or worse by Julia Bayly Here are 12 things you should be disinfecting that you probably forgot If you can’t find what you need at stores, here’s how to easily make your own cleaners I tried to make homemade dish soap. Here’s how it went. FARMING Hot and dry weather taking toll on state’s hay crop by Ernie Clark Maine’s dairy farmers, specialty crop growers see most coronavirus aid Credit union launches program to pay farm closing costs This fruit tastes like a cross between a blueberry and raspberry, and a Maine farm is turning it into syrup and beer RECIPES This apple custard pie recipe is a decadent spin on the classic by Sandy Oliver This melt-in-your-mouth chicken curry is a must-try by Sandy Oliver, Taste Buds If you can’t find pectin, fear not. You can make your own instead by Sandy Oliver, Taste Buds Everything you need to know before choosing the tiny house life “People need to remind themselves why they want to live in a tiny house. You kind of have to take an active role in living tiny [and] determine your priorities in life.” How to start your own mealworm farm A DIY mealworm farm is a cheap and easy way to make treats for your farm fowl from the comfort of your own home. If you want a happy cow, you should talk to it, study says Want an even happier cow? Pet or stroke it while you speak. What you need to know to start canning meat Canned meat is a shelf-stable alternative to freezing and smoking meats. How to get this stink bug relative out of your house without setting off its smell As far as invasive insect species go, the western conifer seed bug is among the more benign. How to grow pumpkins to carve next year The short growing season makes it a little challenging and certain varieties will grow better than others, but growing your own pumpkins to carve is possible for home gardeners to do in Maine. How to protect your home against 5 hidden hazards In older housing stock like Maine’s, sometimes the dangers are hidden. Do you know what to look for? Here’s why no two apples taste exactly the same There are hundreds of cultivated varieties of apples — all members of the Rosaceae family, and each having its own, unique color, texture and flavor characteristics. Think beyond the traditional pumpkin when it comes to carving this year With a little creativity, you can use your autumnal carving skills on gourds and squashes of all kinds. Everything you need to know about roasting pumpkin seeds The seeds of pumpkins and other gourds are delicious when roasted, and can be used for many things around the kitchen and beyond. How to stop raccoons from taking over your home If you can resist the charms of these skyscraper-scaling “trash pandas,” there are a few simple steps you can take to preventing raccoons from coming to your yard, and then handling them when they do. The science behind why one potato is good for mashing and another is better for soups Baked, mashed, roasted, boiled or pan-fried, there’s a lot more that goes into what makes a potato taste the way it does than preparation and condiments. Baked apples are a campfire tradition. Here’s how to make your own. A traditional campfire snack, baked apples are simple to make, require few ingredients and are absolutely delicious. There are millions of dust mites in your home. Here’s how to deal with them. “Virtually every house has dust mites [and] you may not know you have them as ‘roommates’ unless you have an allergic reaction,” according to Dr. Elias Akl, allergist and immunology specialist with Eastern Maine Medical Center. 3 tips for your best carved pumpkin ever This hallowed fall tradition has its own devotees who have developed handy tricks to make carved pumpkins even better. . Load more posts Loading… Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.