Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Gather & Grow Tours Are Online This Year

August 24, 2020

Each summer, we look forward to exploring some of Maine's gardens and homesteads with you through our series of Gather & Grow tours. We are pleased to be able to bring you these tours again this year, through a series of webinars. We hope you join us to explore and learn from the comfort of your own home. Find out more (and register) here: https://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/Gather-Grow

As always, we have many other events taking place as well, including our next Gardening Q&A. You can find the full list of upcoming events here.

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August, Ancient Apple Trees, and More

August 24, 2020

In John Bunker's beautiful essay about ancient apple trees in this summer's MOF&G, he writes "Would that we all could enjoy traveling less, enjoying our yards and our neighbors more, tending our gardens, eating local and expressing grace in everything we do." August in Maine makes it easy to enjoy all the things John listed. Our gardens and kitchen counters are overflowing with fresh produce from our gardens, our neighbors, and our local farms. The warm, sunny days help ripen our tomatoes, and the cool, bug free evenings make it more comfortable to be out pulling weeds (or just enjoying an evening cup of tea by the edge of the garden). When you next take a break from this busy season, read on for some helpful resources and upcoming ways to celebrate gardening with MOFGA through online events and the Common Ground Country Fair's digital Exhibition Hall.

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Organic Lawn Care & Yardscaping

July 2, 2020

Many of our community members want to extend the organic practices they use on their farms and in their gardens to their backyards and lawns.  We have some resources to help along the way!

Fact Sheet on Organic Lawn Care

Organic Landscaping Webinar on YouTube

Organic Landscaping Webinar Part 2

How to Use Autumn Leaves to Improve Your Soil

Grow a Native Plant Corridor to Support Pollinators

Ten Reasons to Love Dandelions

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden 2020 Resources

Grow Your Own Organic Garden has been part of MOFGA’s annual event line up since 1990, when we began this statewide class on growing organically in your own backyard. We’ll miss seeing our students in person this year, but are now bringing you these resources in a digital format. Here is a webinar recording of the class posted on our YouTube channel that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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Learning More About Soil

May 31, 2020

We've heard many questions about soil health this spring and wanted to share a couple of resources that may help you. We have a great fact sheet filled with information about soil structure and organic matter here. Those gardening in a new spot or gardening for the first time might find this video helpful in determining your soil texture by feel.

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2020 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

Though we are missing the chance to swap and learn and celebrate the season with all of you in person this year, we are glad to be able to share some of the spirit of the Seed Swap & Scion Exchange with you through webinars, lists of helpful resources and links, and the sharing of scionwood.

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Plant Peas – It's Patriotic!

April 18, 2020

Happy Patriot's Day weekend! Patriot's Day is a traditional time to plant peas in the garden with the hopes of having peas for dinner on Independence Day. Some of MOFGA's staff are excited to plant peas in their own gardens this weekend and list 'Sugar Ann', 'Oregon Giant', 'Progress #9' and 'Green Arrow' among their favorite varieties. For more on planting peas and this garden tradition, read this article by MOFGA's former executive director, Russell Libby.

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