Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener Class’

Master Gardener Class – May 22

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Hi All,

We had an amazing field trip to Berry Best Farm in Lebanon with a wildflower and forest tree ID workshop using Newcomb’s Wildflower and Forest Trees of Maine books.

This week’s class is on the Yardscaping program and Pesticide Safety with Gary Fish of the Maine Board of Pesticide Control. This is always a great session.

Homework for this week’s upcoming class

Review the Pesticide Safety chapter and then click on and review both the Got Pests? and the Master Gardener Educational Materials sections. You do not need to read everything, but just familiarize yourself with this excellent resource.

Also review the YardScaping web page — there are a number of great links and publications from it. 

Review this Fact Sheet on Low Input Healthy Lawns

Open Book Review # 3

Yesterday I also handed out Open Book Review # 3 which is due on the last class – June 5 .

Here it is as an electronic document for those who prefer that to the hard copy:

Open Book Review 3 (word)

Open Book Review 3 (pdf) 

See you Thursday!




Master Gardener Class – May 15

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Plant Sale Success! Wow! 

Hello All… I want to express my gratitude and appreciation of all who worked so hard to pull off an amazing plant sale this past Saturday. It seemed like we were having an up hill struggle this year, with the digs starting late due to the long… cold… winter, then the rain predicted for Saturday. I was so impressed with the amount and variety of plants we had and the HUGE turnout for help Friday afternoon/evening and early Saturday morning in the rain!!! Then as if on cue, when 8:30 rolled around the rain just stopped. The Plant Sale Gods were smiling at us for sure!

We had an unofficial total of $7,500 raised on Saturday. We know from past years experience that the number will continue to go up as more people turn in funds from plant still be purchased and from raffle money still being turned is etc. Stay tuned for a final amount, but it was very impressive given the obstacles we dealt with.

Field Trip this coming Thursday, May 22: 

Wildflower and Forest Tree ID.

Class will meet at Berry Best Farm in Lebanon at 9:00 AM. Please dress for the outdoors and walking in the woods. We will be handing out Forest Trees of Maine and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guides to the class of 2014.

Continuing MGs who are joining us, please bring your copies of both guides.

Directions to Berry Best Farm

No Quiz This Week: Next take home open book will be handed out on Thursday :)

Master Gardener Class – May 1

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Hi All,

Two Classes this week:

Tuesday, May 6. 3:00 – 6:30 PM in Springvale (usual spot) – topic: Food Insecurity/Hunger in the US and Maine – all are welcome – this will be a joint class with the Cumberland County MG trainees

Thursday, May 8, 9:00 AM  - 12:30 PM, Mather Auditorium, at Laudholm Farm – topic: Intensive Production Raised Beds, Drip Irrigation and Rain Barrels - all welcome


View Video on Extending the Gardening Season Using Raised Beds

Review Fact Sheets

Why Consider Drip Irrigation (Word)

Why Consider Drip Irrigation (PDF)

Rain Harvesting (Word)

Rain Harvesting (PDF)

Food Security Chapter:

Getting What We Pay For: An Overview of Federal Agricultural Policy

Hunger in Maine


Quiz 6 – Landscape Design (word)

Quiz 6 – Landscape Design (pdf)


Master Gardener Class – April 24

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Hi All,

What an exciting week for the class of 2014 with Resilient Landscapes and Climate Change on Tuesday and Pest Management on Thursday!

This week’s class with Amy Witt we will meet at the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm on Thursday, May 1 at 9:00 AM. We will be working both inside the auditorium and out on the grounds learning landscape design techniques.

We will also have a chance to do some hands-on pruning so please dress for the outdoors and bring pruning tools including a hand held pruner, loppers and a pruning saw if you have them.

Directions to Wells Reserve


Read: From the Designing and Maintenance Chapter of your manual please read:

Review: From your chapter on Plants for the Maine Landscape please review the Invasive Plant fact sheet series.

Take Home Review – this review is due in two weeks on May 8th which is another field trip to Laudholm so please bring your completed review that day.

Open Book Review 2 (word)

Open Book Review 2 (pdf)

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.


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 – 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 4 – Small Fruits (word)

Quiz 4 – Small Fruits (pdf)


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


and please review this Video:  Apple Tree Pruning

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.


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.