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Master Gardener Class – April 17

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hi All,

Great class with Mark Hutton on Veggies – if only we had another 10 hours! On potatoes Mark meant that they take a lot of space in the home garden and are also pest intensive, so why not buy them from local farmers. If you want to grow potatoes in the garden here is our Potato Fact Sheet

Here is the link to the UNH Sweet Potato Fact Sheet

Reminder: This week we have two classes scheduled

Tuesday April 22: Climate Change and Resilient Landscapes - this class will be held jointly with Cumberland County Master Gardeners at their site at the Tidewater Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105, Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471

Note: This class is open only to the class of 2014. I am sorry as I know there are MGs who would like to sit in on this class, but the Cumberland County site is limited in space and with the two classes coming together there just isn’t room.

Directions to Tidewater

Thursday’s Class April 24 - Pest Management – Garden Insects and Disease

No Quiz this week with two classes to prepare for this week :) I will have your next take home review ready for you with a print copy next Thursday and then I will post an electronic version to next week’s blog.

Homework:

Please review the chapters on Climate Change and Pest Management. The Pest Management page is password protected and the password is Ladybug

Master Gardener Class – April 10

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Hi All,

Great field trip yesterday to Foxes Ridge Farm. Thanks so much to Howard and Ann Stevens and to Brian Smith for leading us.

Class this week: April 17 – Growing Vegetables in Southern Maine with Vegetable Specialist, Mark Hutton

Homework: Please review the chapter on Vegetables

Note: You should familiarize yourself with the resources here, you are not expected to read every fact sheet

No Quiz This Week from Field Trip – you had a quiz on Tree Fruit from the April 3 class blog

 

Master Gardener Class – April 3

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Hi All,

What a great annual meeting Saturday! They are always high energy days but Saturdays was one of the best ever, if not the best, and it is thanks to the amazing work of all of you.

This Week: FIELD TRIP - we will meet at 9:00 AM Foxes Ridge Farm at: 776 Foxes Ridge Rd., Acton, ME  04001. We will be viewing the orchard’s small fruit and tree fruits, discussing orchard development and pruning. We will have a pruning demo the Stevens will conduct. We won’t have a chance for hands on pruning, but we will do so later at one of our upcoming other field trips – stay tuned on that.

Please dress warmly and wear good boots. I am told there is still snow on the ground. Ann Stevens has already prepared a nice home made snack for us. You will truly enjoy and learn from this great orchard and the knowledgable couple Ann and Howard Stevens who have been orchardists for many years.

Homework: Your only homework for this week is to re-review your assignments from the last two weeks on Small Fruits and Tree Fruits.

Quiz 5 – Tree Fruits (word)

Quiz 5 – Tree Fruits (pdf)

See you at Foxes Ridge Farm Thursday!

Master Gardener Class – March 27

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Great class on small fruits today by David Handley – lots of information! Congrats to the class of 2014 for an outstanding job on your first take home review. You really rocked it!

As David Handley did not have time to cover grapes here is the link to the fact sheet he recommends: Growing Grapes in Wisconsin

 Quiz

Quiz 4 – Small Fruits (word)

Quiz 4 – Small Fruits (pdf)

Homework

This coming week’s class will be on Tree Fruit with Barb Murphy. In your Tree Fruits Chapter of your Manual please review:

Planting and Early Care of Fruit Trees

Renovating Old Apple Trees

Selecting Varieties

Pollination Requirements

Rootstocks and Dwarf Fruit Trees

Pruning

and please review this Video:  Apple Tree Pruning

Learn How to Strengthen Facilitation Skills

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine are offering a five-session spring workshop in Saco for people interested in strengthening their facilitation skills.

Sessions for Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 will be held 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29 and June 12 at City Hall, 300 Main Street, Saco.

The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals. Kristen Grant, who enjoys creating programs that build skills of individuals and capacities of groups, will lead the workshop. Grant has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.

Enrollment is limited to the first 18 people who register. Registration is required and is open. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension at 207.324.2814. For more information, contact Grant at 207.646.1555, ext. 115, kngrant@maine.edu or visit umaine.edu/ext-community/strengthening-your-facilitation-skills/level-1.

Master Gardener Class – March 20

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Hi All,

Great discussion on the Symphony of the Soil Movie yesterday.

It will probably be released for rental via iTunes or Netflix soon. I recommend you watch it.

No Quiz this week, next week you will have one don’t worry :)

Homework for Small Fruits Class

View these bulletins from your manual:

See you Thursday for Small Fruits with David Handley – it will be a great class. Be ready by having read the fact sheets and come with your small fruit questions.

Frank

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Baling hayUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
  • April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
  • April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
  • April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
  • May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
  • June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.

Master Gardener Class – March 6

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Thank You to Janie Waterhouse, Allan Amioka, Luke Beals, and Al Pollard for coming in to speak to the 2014 MG Class yesterday about all of our great ongoing programs and projects for York County. It was an inspirational day!

Next Week’s Class: Wise Use of Pesticides in the Home Garden and the Yardscapping Program with Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticide Control. 

Home Work for This Week:

Review the YardScaping web page — there are a number of great links and publications from it. Please familiarize your self with some of the great resources here.

Low input lawn care and other strategies for choosing plants with low pest profiles and low nutrient needs are highlighted well here.

Read – Steps to a Low-Input, Healthy Lawn - this fact sheet covers the basics of how to have a nice green healthy lawn with minimum or no fertilizers and pesticides.

Review the Master Gardeners Pesticide Safety Site

No Quiz this Week

Review # 1 Due for March 13 Class

Melt Snow Melt! Time for Maple Syrup to Run!

Master Gardener Class – February 27

Friday, February 28th, 2014

With Frank away at a conference, I’m guest-hosting this – Sue

Botany and Weed Management – and no soil in sight outside!  Didn’t it just make you want to get your hands in the dirt?   Excuse me, Soil. ……. 20 days til Spring :)

A couple of you asked about a list of latin botanical words.  I think what you are looking for was in the Feb. 6th class blog.  How Plants are Named  It is a little over two pages and has a section “Making Sense of Plant Names”, that may be what you’re looking for.

Frank handed out a take home quiz that is due back at the March 13th class. Remember he suggested you work together, it really does help.

Open Book Review 1 (2014) (word)

Open Book Review 1 (2014) (PDF)

Next week’s class will be on Volunteering as a Master Gardener.  It will make more sense and seem less overwhelming if you review the information on this page.  You know, the one you bookmarked :)       At the top of that page you’ll find links to the MGV Program Policy, Hours Policy, Standards of Behavior, and a list of Community Projects.  Lots of time for questions on Thursday but starting here will help.

Master Gardener Class – February 20

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Hi All,

Wow did we have a great field trip yesterday!

Our host was terrific and I hope it was a great learning experience for all for something you to can do in your garden if you choose. The weather was great and we were expert at navigating the “goat trails” throw the snow. At least we had soft landings for falls :)

Since several people asked – here is a link to the Johnny’s Vent Arm that opens and closes vents based on temperature sensing (without power). Farm Tech also sells a similar vent arm. The current $49 price at Johnny’s is the lowest I have seen it.

As a reminder the kits and other small four season moveable greenhouse resources can be found via the links on page 4 of the Winter Greens Moveable Greenhouse posed last week.

Yesterday a researcher on mycorrhizal fungi shared with me this 2-minute video titled “Underground Market” that is a terrific animation on the mutually beneficial relationship between the fungi and plants. You will really enjoy viewing this.

February 27 – Botany Part II and Weed Management

Readings:

Review the botany chapter you covered 2 weeks ago: How Plants Grow paying particular attention to the sections on Roots; Leaves; Stems; Water; and Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Transpiration.

Weed Management: From your manual review:

Weeds in the Home Vegetable Garden

Weed Management in Small Fruits

Also please review the New Jersey Weed Gallery and find your favorite or worst nightmare weeds.

Ask yourself and explore:

Is this weed an annual, biennial or perennial, how would I use this information in controlling this weed, and what other information I can learn from how this plant grows that would assist me in a weed control strategy?

 No Quiz This Week – I will be giving you your first take home open book review in class this coming week. You will have two weeks to complete it and get it back to me. You may work together with classmates on completing the review.