Why you might not want to rake your fall leaves Lawns covered with leaves can serve as habitat and other roles in the ecosystem of your yard, experts say. by Sam Schipani September 25, 202011 hours ago What to make with green tomatoes by Sam Schipani September 23, 2020September 22, 2020 How to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly by Julia Bayly September 22, 2020September 23, 2020 9 low- or zero-waste products you may not know about 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 6 ways to make DIY seedling containers to start your plants by Sam Schipani FOOD 5 Portland restaurants that closed during the pandemic by Troy R. Bennett The former home of Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner in Bangor is being torn down How to make shrubs, a delicious summertime drink Portland locavore restaurant Vinland has permanently closed GARDENING This is why your tomatoes are cracked on the vine by Sam Schipani 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 If you are saving seeds for the first time, avoid these plants 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 Ribbons of summer squash with dill make an elegant, wholesome, easy salad by Sandy Oliver These simple cabbage fritters are a recipe for a delightful supper by Sandy Oliver This blackberry fool is the dessert you didn’t know you were missing by Sandy Oliver What to do when mask wearing causes breakouts or rashes For some folks, the constant mask-wearing is causing an unwanted side effect of facial skin breakouts or rashes. How to clean your gutters It’s essential to ensure they don’t become clogged with fallen leaves and debris, especially as winter approaches. How to choose a lawn mower While it’s good to let your lawn get a little wild if you want a healthy local ecosystem, even the wildest lawnscapes could use a trim every once in a while. What you need to know to survive seasonal allergies in Maine Knowing a bit about allergies can go a long way in keeping any allergy season bearable. What you can do about that mysterious white stuff on your plants Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that commonly affects gourds like squash and pumpkins. How to choose a heater for your outdoor living space as cold weather approaches While fire pits use mainly convection heat to warm the area, the radiant heat of an outdoor heater is more efficient and effective. Liquid chlorophyll supplements are a hot health trend, but do they work? You may know chlorophyll as the green pigment in plants’ leaves that help it turn the sun’s rays into food. How contact tracing is used to fight disease outbreaks on farms Contact tracing has played a big part in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. But contact tracing isn’t something new. How to turn a good summer squash season into a satisfying winter dish For several years now, I have turned some of my summer squashes into a form — sometimes raw, sometimes cooked — that I can use in winter. 9 questions you should ask before buying a house in Maine Here are a few essential questions you should ask before you buy a house in Maine. As flu season nears, experts recommend getting a flu shot sooner than later With the coronavirus pandemic still present in our daily lives, it is perhap more important than ever to get the flu shot, both for your own health and for the health of all Mainers. These funny looking, fuzzy orange galls won’t hurt your oak tree, or you Orange galls, fuzzy galls or fuzzy orange galls, no matter what you call them if you have an oak tree in your yard or on your property you likely have them. You need a home fire escape plan. Here’s how to make one. Having a home fire escape plan is perhaps more important now than ever. This Castine couple has tiny living figured out, even during a pandemic It could have been a recipe for disaster — two people and one very rambunctious rescue mixed breed hound named Phil working and living together in a very tiny space. How to choose and care for a fire extinguisher Choosing a fire extinguisher for the first time can seem intimidating if you are not familiar with the equipment, but it’s literally as simple as ABC. Load more posts Loading… Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.