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Somerset County Master Gardeners Newsletter July 2012

Wow! It’s July already and hopefully your gardens are doing well. Now all we have to do is look out for those things that want to harvest it before we get the chance, such as woodchucks, deer, and insects, and, of course, try to keep ahead of the weeds! If you would like information on dealing with wildlife in you gardens, see Cornell University Wildlife Publications Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheets. Or for insects and weeds, please visit the UMaine Extension’s Home & Garden Pest Identification and Management website. No wonder gardening is such fun. Gardening fills each day with new and interesting challenges. Well, the 4th of July celebrations are coming up. Hopefully you will get to do some of your favorite things over the holiday weekend and the weather cooperates.

July is the month to

Disease & Pest alert

 July is the time for Rose Chafers and Japanese Beetles!

Items of interest

Upcoming events

Date: July 18, 2012
Topic: Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing
Location:UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: $12 (scholarships are available)
For more information or to register: call Tammy Bodge-Terry at 207-474-9622 or
Taught by: Felicia Dumont, Food Preservation Program Aide

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
5:30 to 8:00 PM (registration starts at 5:15)
University of Maine Rogers Forage and Crops Research Farm
Stillwater, Maine (1.5 miles from I-95 Exit 193)

Please join us to learn about:

  • Small grain varieties for organic production (wheat, spelt, flax)
  • Wheat and spelt varieties for later fall planting
  • Growing flax for feed to alter milk quality
  • Summer slump pasture forages
  • Fitting wheat into dairy rotations
  • Pre-plant nitrogen sources for organic bread wheat yield and quality
  • Nitrogen topdressing decision tools for organic bread wheat
  • Microbial soil inoculants for wheat: farm-produced and purchased

Thank you!

To all the  UMaine Extension Somerset County Master Gardener Volunteers for giving of their time to work in the community and here at the office in Skowhegan. A special thanks to Mark Whitney for taking time out from his own business and family filled calendar to find time to spruce up our landscape here at the office. Also to Cheryl Perkins for her help in volunteering to help with the Extension Raised Bed/Container Garden Series here at the office, along with our other gardens growing vegetables to be donated to local resources. Thank you to Shelia Farrin for putting together the Container Gardening demonstrations that she and other Master Gardeners have been doing for groups, such as the Senior Companions and the Redington Fairview General Hospital Free Clinic function.

Once again THANK YOU All and have a great July 4th holiday!



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Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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