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.
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.
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
Good job yesterday getting through the two weeks of soils classes and readings. Now it’s on to Botany and Herbs Next Week!
Homework for Next Week
Web Soil Survey
Use this website: Web Soil Survey
This is a bit of a challenge task as it web-based, please have fun with it and do the best you can!
Choose any area you wish to learn about – your home and garden, a nearby farm or any other land.
Once you generate a report that show’s the soil types for the area you are researching, please view this table where you can get more information on each soil classification:
You may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you could save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail or any way you choose.
Have fun with it, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me or Sue a call and we can work on it with you.
Readings for this week
Visit this Penn State Herb link and this Herb Society Beginners Herb Guide (PDF) you don’t have to read about every herb, but browse these two links and familiarize yourself with herbs that interest you.
In your manual’s Botany Chapter please review the sections on:
How Plants Grow: This section is extensive, you are not expected to read it all this week. Please review each section quickly to familiarize yourself with the resources there, then go back and read the sections that interest you most.
Also familiarize yourself with this UConn Plant Data Base – try searching by both Latin and Common names. Look up some of your favorite ornamental trees, shrubs or vines.
Please review this fact sheet: How Plants are Named
See you Thursday morning for our class on Botany Part I and Growing Herbs in Maine!
I thought we had a great class yesterday and that we are off to a good start on soils. Next week (February 6) we will continue with our soils learning and focus on Nutrients for Plant Growth, Cover Cropping, Soil Testing and the Web Soil Survey to learn about soils close to you. We will also spend the last section of our class on Home Composting.
Homework – Readings For This Week
Chapter 2, Organic Matter: What It Is And Why It Is So Important (Pages 9-21) in Building Soils for better Crops
New readings for this week
Welcome Master Gardener Class of 2014!
It was a pleasure to meet you all in our first class yesterday and to hear from you about your knowledge and passion for programs and sharing information.
I am sorry that we ran a bit short on time with the seed starting presentation. I plan to begin next weeks class with questions and to go over the seed starting chart and how to make newspaper pots before we start our soils part I class and worm composting.
Here is a YouTube Video on building the stand I did a few years back:
Homework and Manual
Each week I will post the readings for the upcoming class. Much of this will come from the online manual. Here is a link to it, you may wish to bookmark this page:
Please read Chapter 1 Healthy Soils and Chapter 2, Organic Matter: What It Is And Why It Is So Important in Building Soils for better Crops
Familiarize yourself with the Soils Chapter of your Online Manual and in particular review:
Worm Compost Readings
A couple of worm composting fact sheets to review in advance of our next class:
That’s enough for week 1, see you Thursday!