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.
No Quiz This Week: Next take home open book will be handed out on Thursday
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Here is the All Seasons Garden Layout
MG Work Day – Thursday, May 15 – 9:00 AM 12:30 PM, 3 Sites to Choose From
Carrying on with the tradition started last year, we will have an MG Class Work Day that is open to all MGs and the hours count for both new and continuing MGs.
There will be three sites, and to ensure that we have enough volunteers at each site, please let Sue know which site you choose by emailing her at Susan.Tkacik@maine.edu
Remember to dress for the weather (hats, gloves, sunscreen, and yes the black flies are out so maybe some bug juice). Bring a bottle of water and a snack.
244 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME 04046
Geri Fitzgerald is coordinating. This is a vegetable garden that is growing for Maine Harvest for Hunger.
Description: We have 14 beds at the farm where Noah practices a form of ‘no till’ or limited till farming. The beds were established through tilling and building up the beds above the paths. Unfortunately the paths have established many perennial weeds and turf which have invaded the beds. Our tasks at this point are to clear out the invading weeds with pitch fork, spade and hand tools, tapping off as much soil as possible and composting the weed bunches. We also have compost with soil amendments that can be wheel barrowed out to the beds, once weeded and raked/ or “crumbled in” to the soil. Once the edges are cleared of weeds, we are putting cardboard in the paths and covering with wood chips.
Next we are ready to plant and cover kale and radishes, and also lettuces (if we can get Noah’s use of a seeder for the leaf lettuce. I might be able to get Noah to talk a little about his philosophy of farming which he describes as ‘beyond organic’- what organic practices he doesn’t support (and the little things like hand picking pests.) I haven’t asked him, but usually he is at the farm from now on. Please bring a trowel, spade or pitch fork and garden gloves
85 Spiller Farm Ln, Wells, ME 04090
Sue will coordinate here – Bill and Anna have generously donated so many pounds of veggies to MHH, and even plant just for us.
Description: Bill has 2000 strawberry plants to get in the ground. We did this for him
last year, just slightly changed. Bill will have bare root plants, a template to space them out and a lovely tool that he designed, for planting.
Laudholm Farm – All Seasons Garden Preparation
342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells, ME 04090
Allan Amioka will coordinate
Description: Some weeding, broadforking, amending, mounding, drip line installing. Depending on how many we have, leveling the hoop area and maybe, putting plastic on the two small hoops houses. Again, bring gloves, water bottles, snacks, favorite tools.
Handouts from May 8 Class
No Quiz this week – break after open book review :)
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
Food Security Chapter:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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, email@example.com 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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