Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Happy October!

October 26, 2020

Out in my garden, I’m enjoying the last of this season’s crops and planting my garlic for next year. I’m also busy refreshing the mulch on my pathways and making sure all my beds are covered and tucked in for the winter. If you’re debating whether to clean out this year’s crop debris or leave it as a ground cover, read this MOF&G article by Eric Sideman on what decisions you might want to make depending on what pest pressure you had this year. Remember if you do decide to remove the crop debris, you can use your leaf and grass clippings to cover your garden beds. – Anna Libby

The Fair's Exhibition Hall Has Gone Digital

August 24, 2020

The Exhibition Hall is a beloved hub of the Common Ground Country Fair. For gardeners, growers, seed savers and eaters, the hall provides delight in this year's harvest and inspiration for the coming season. To continue this proud tradition for the 2020 alternative Common Ground Country Fair, we will accept submissions to our digital Exhibition Hall. Find Exhibition Hall rules and information here, but please note that entry categories this year are limited to vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, fresh herbs and houseplants.

When submitting entries, please follow the usual rules and suggestions in the above link regarding presentation (criteria, number of specimens and condition). Please submit one clear photograph per entry taken either on a white background (paper plate, bowl, sheet of white paper) or, for 2020 only, taken in the field (e.g., a bunch of cherry tomatoes on the vine, flower on the stem, head of lettuce growing in the row or radishes pulled and laid in the bed). If you have an item for which you want to show scale, you may place something comparative in the photo – we'd love to see that dinnerplate dahlia, giant elephant head amaranth or giant pumpkin with you or a family member standing beside it.

You may submit photographs using this form.

We will accept submissions until September 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.

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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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Want to share your ideas?

Send your ideas for gardening and homesteading programming (especially online) or your garden pictures from this year that you’d like to share in this newsletter to Anna Libby, MOFGA’s community education director, at [email protected].