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
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.
See you at Foxes Ridge Farm Thursday!
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
This coming week’s class will be on Tree Fruit with Barb Murphy. In your Tree Fruits Chapter of your Manual please review:
and please review this Video: Apple Tree Pruning
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit umaine.edu/ext-community/strengthening-your-facilitation-skills/level-1.
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.
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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:
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.
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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.
No Quiz this Week
Review # 1 Due for March 13 Class
Melt Snow Melt! Time for Maple Syrup to Run!
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)
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.
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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
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:
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.
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Thank you all for coming to class yesterday and going home in the beginnings of light snow which quickly changed later to heavy. I hope everyone got home safe and sound, and for those of you who stayed home you made the right choice.
Winter Greens Field Trip – February 20 Class
Meet at the farm at 9:00 AM, please commute with fellow MGs who live nearby if you can.
Location: Winter Cherry Farm – 205 River Road, Biddeford Maine. The farm is down a dirt drive, park down by the barn or along the driveway if there is room. Dress for the Outdoors.
Brent Peters of Winter Cherry Farm has been growing winter greens on his small farm for the past 5 years. He now has 7 small moveable greenhouse which he uses to grow winter greens and then rotates them to a spring and then summer location for other crops. Each house moves (crop rotates) 3 times a year. These are low tech inexpensive designs that are sure to spark your interest. Cooperative Extension has a bender for bending electrical conduit pipe which can be used to make your own design.
Winter Greens Moveable Greenhouse Is a design we made for our workshop at Laudholm Farm last Fall. Take a look and remember you can borrow our bender and some advice if you decide to build one.
A Garden For All Seasons - Article written by Maine’s Eliot Coleman in 2000, covers all the basics for planting, maintaining and feasting on winter greens