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Time to Think Storage

September 28, 2017

Despite the drought in many parts of Maine, gardens produced at least some crops abundantly, especially if gardeners were able to water. Pumpkins, squashes, potatoes, onions, carrots and more are ready or almost ready to be stored for winter. Read about storage techniques in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, including Anneli Carter-Sundqvist's "How we store our year-round supply of produce," Cheryl Wixson's "Root Cellars: Safe and Secure from the Corporate Food Train," "A Dozen Storage Crops for Homegrown Food Security" and Adam Tomash's "Using a Bulkhead as a Root Cellar." For crops that did not do well in your garden this year, local farmers' markets and Community Supported Agriculture farms offer great options for affordable organic goods.


Cabbage Aphid Control Begins in Spring

April 27, 2017

Cabbage aphid damage can be most severe on fall crops in the Brassica family – but actions you take now and continue through summer can help avoid that damage. In his article "Managing Cabbage Aphids" in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Eric Sideman recommends crop rotation, good management of crop residue, and supporting beneficial insects, among other practices, for addressing this insect.


Growing Kale and Kin

March 2, 2017

"I always plant kale with leeks as a companion, not so much to deter pests as to use space (and water and fertility and every other input) efficiently," says Maine gardener Will Bonsall. "The plant forms and root zones are so compatible that they hardly notice each other, allowing me to get more total food per square foot than if I'd planted each crop by itself." Read more in Bonsall's article "Kale and Kin" in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.