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Grassland Builds Soil Tilth

May 16, 2019

Will Bonsall uses pasture plants, including grasses, clover, daisies, goldenrod, asters, ferns and other “weeds,” as mulch and to make compost for his garden. To boost the productivity of his run-out pasture, he limed with wood ashes and added clover seed for nitrogen (through bacteria that associate with clover and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into forms plants can use). He also found that watering, and spot-mulching with ramial wood chips, boosted pasture productivity. Read more in his article “Grassland Improvement for Gardeners” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Gardening While Aging

May 2, 2019

How can elders continue to garden when their aging muscles rebel as they try to start a rototiller or do other strenuous gardening jobs? How can anyone garden in a spot where trees have grown tall and their roots have invaded the landscape? Joyce White, who has gardened for 75 years, tackles both issues in her article “Hay Mulch and Other Low-tech Adaptations for Home Gardens” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Scout for Invasive Plants Now

February 7, 2019

For those Mainers experiencing a relatively open winter, this is a good time to get into the woods to look for invasive species. Burning bush, with its winged bark (see photo), Japanese barberry with its thorny stems, Asiatic bittersweet with its red-orange fruits and multiflora rose with its arching, thorny shoots are easy to spot now. Read about removing invasives in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. For an update on removing woody invasives with weed-wrench-type tools (when the soil thaws), see the website of Ecolandscaping.org

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Turmeric for Flavor and Health

December 13, 2018

High tunnels have changed the cycles of Maine’s local food systems, extending our live food harvests to year-round bounty, writes Roberta Bailey in her article "Turmeric for Flavor and Health" in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Along with cucumbers, greens, sweet potatoes and tomatoes come the fresh roots of ginger and turmeric. These fresh spices bring delicious new flavor profiles to our fall and winter meals. Find Roberta’s recipes for Sweet Potato Soup, Hot Turmeric Latte, Roasted Carrots with Turmeric, and more.

 

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Grow Your Own Grains

December 6, 2018

You don’t need acres and acres of flat Kansas land to grow your own wheat. Ben Hoffman describes his practices and simple tools for growing wheat on a small scale in his article “Low-tech Grain Production” in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The winter issue also has coverage of the keynote speeches and the Public Policy Teach-in at the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair … and lots more!

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