Backyard Gardener: Heating Things Up, Planting Beans


BANGOR - Many of you are busy planting your gardens and anxious to grow your crops.

This week, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist John Jemison taught us that warmer soil can mean happier and healthier plants.

Crops like tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers can benefit from the ground cover.

Laying out a roll of black plastic not only heats up the ground but it also minimizes the number of weeds.

We won't plant in the black plastic until next week. But John says now is the perfect time to sow seeds for beans.

Determine how many days to maturity listed on the seed packet, and stagger your plantings.

Seeds should be sowed to a depth three times their size, spacing them 2" apart. Cover them lightly with soil, pat down the surface, and water soon after planting.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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