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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


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.



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!


Growing Garlic the Easy Way

December 1, 2018

By Jonathan Mitschele

I grow German White garlic, lots of it, and in 2018 I had the best crop ever, so I thought I would share what I learned. First, plant certified nematode-free hardneck garlic. Second, plant in wide beds; they use garden space much more efficiently than does planting in single rows. I use 4-foot-wide beds, but 3-foot-wide beds are easier to step over, so narrower may be more convenient for you.



Floating Row Covers Foil Potato Pests

December 1, 2018

By Jonathan Mitschele

In late July 2017 I discovered that my potato plants were not doing well. Leaves were yellowing and the plants were not growing as expected. Suspecting some sort of blight, I sent photos to Eric Sideman at MOFGA. He thought the problem was potato leafhoppers and referred me to a MOFGA pest report.


Benefits of Solarizing and Tarping

December 1, 2018

Solarization with clear plastic and tarping with black plastic help with weed management in high-value horticultural crops that otherwise need extensive hand weeding. Solarization tends to be more effective under suitably warm and sunny conditions, although tarping may be more suitable for some applications. With either practice, the plastic may be removed before planting, allowing for reuse, or left in place with holes cut through it to allow for transplanting.