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Week 7

Your assignment due March 21 is:

Read (found in the Pesticide Safety chapter under Master Gardener Resources:

  • Obsolete Pesticide Disposal
  • Organic Doesn’t Always Mean Safe
  • Toxicity of Orgnaic Pesticides on Pollinators
  • Understanding Pesticide Label Signal Words
  • Spreader & Sprayer Calibration for Homeowners
  • Think First- Spray Last Disease Cycles


“I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. ~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988


Week 6

Your assignment due March 14 is:

Read (found in the Pest Management chapter

  • Disease Cycles
  •  Entomology
  • Plant Pathology

Review the following websites (also found in the Pest Management Chapter):

  • Insect & Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab
  • Pest Identification and Management for Maine Homeowners

Small Fruit presentation smallfruit presentation 2014

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”  ~Betty Reese


Week 5

Your assignment due March 7 is:


““Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”  ~  Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

Week 4

Your assignment due February 28 is:

Read (all can be found in the Small Fruits Chapter of the MG Manual 

  • Growing Highbush Blueberries
  • Growing Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Growing Strawberries
  • View videos: Site Selection: How to Grow Blueberries and Planting Blueberries

““You’ll never regret eating blueberries or working up a sweat.”  ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard


Week 3

Your assignment due February 21 is:


“In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy. ” ~Robert Brault,


Week 2

Your assignment due February 14 is:

  • Read:
    Home Composting, How compost Happens, MOFGA sheet – Composting in the Backyard or on a Small Farm (all in the Composting Chapter); Guidelines for Using Manure on Vegetable Gardens, Storage Conditions Fruits & Vegetables, Storing Fresh Garden Produce (all in the Vegetables Chapter), and Five Steps to Food Safe Fruit and Vegetable Gardening (under Food Security)
  • Review: 
    Compost Chemistry, Compost Physics, Invertebrates of the Compost Pile, Compsoting with Red Worms (in the Composting Chapter);  Choosing, Storing and Using Fresh Produce (under Vegetables), and Composting to Reduce the Wastestream (book in your binder).

Here is the PowerPoint presentation on soils  SOILS 2014

Think about a seed. Once it lands, it’s stuck. It can’t move to find better soil, moisture or sunlight. It’s able to create every part of itself to grow and reproduce with the help of air, water and sun. ~ David Suzuki



Week 1

What a great first class session — we are in for an exciting journey together.

Your assignment due February 7 is:

  • Read: Testing Your Soil, Interpreting Soil Test Results for Gardens and Grounds, Recommended Organic Nutrient Sources for Home Gardens & Grounds, Soil Organic Matter, Soil and Plant Nutrition: A Gardener’s Perspective, Applying Fertilizers to Your Home Gardens, Lead in Soil. These can all be found in the Soil Chapter of the Master Gardener Manual at
  • Review: MOFGA sheets Natural Sources of Plant Nutrients, An Organic Farmer’s Guide to the Interpretation of a Standard Soil Test from the University of Maine — found in the Soil Chapter of the Master Gardener Manual AND the Glossary, which can be found in your Master Gardener Resource binder.



“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”   ~ Janet Kilburn Phillips

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