Still time to dress…

Top dress that is. Your garden. If you are anxious to do something in your garden before your perennials begin sprouting or before they grow too much, or if you want to enrich a bed you have planned for a vegetable garden or annual flower garden, you can begin now by top dressing your gardens. […]

One of Maine’s endangered beach birds is back!

Our piping plovers began to arrive several weeks ago and now we have 7 of these curious and endangered little beach birds. I thought that they were all guys, since other male birds arrive before their females to stake out a good nest area, but a few turned out to be females. They are pairing […]

Proposed Maine bill could lead to beach erosion

For years towns have been able to apply to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to obtain a seaweed removal permit if needed. But now a York representative has proposed a bill that will allow towns to bypass this permitting process and decide for themselves when to remove ‘large’ amounts of seaweed. ‘Large’ is not […]

Ant invasion?

Ant invasion?   Spring might be here, although those with us with fresh snow on the ground again might wonder, and while spring brings with it all those good things – warmer days, the first spring flowers, a Hallelujah Chorus of early morning bird song – it also can bring with it the bugs – […]

Gardening au naturel?

I never thought about gardening au naturel – in the buff, in the nude – why would you want to?  I guess the soil might feel good on bare feet, but if it does, then why not just take off your shoes? We had a friend who gardened in the buff. He was an architect […]

Pesticides kill 200,000 annually – UN report

A recent United Nations study estimates that 200,000 people, mostly farmers in the developing world, die every year due to the excessive use of pesticides. These farmers, like many homeowners, have been charmed by the handful of chemical companies, some of which also ironically produce life saving medicines, that chemical pesticides are necessary to growing […]

Great gardening tips and advice and it’s free!

If you’re a gardener and haven’t seen the Maine Organic Farmer and Grower’s weekly bulletin, you may be missing out on a valuable resource. Their free weekly newsletter is full of advice, suggestions, meetings, and workshops where you can meet experienced gardeners and learn how to grow your garden organically without using harmful chemical pesticides. […]

Rid your property of the browntail moth now!

One of the great free resources we have here in Maine is the weekly bulletin of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA). Especially important is one recent bulletin that contains advice about taking care of Browntail Moth right now while their eggs are still in those nasty webs found in oak trees and […]

Grow a healthier and tastier garden this year organically

Say you’re going to have an organic garden this year.  Are there ‘organic’ seeds and should you buy them? There are organic seeds and buying organic seedlings guarantees your seeds will not be treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. You might have heard of these chemical pesticides that are sucked in by the plants in their watering […]

Planning your garden? Why not go organic?

If you’re like the rest of us during these cold winter months, you are probably thinking about your spring and summer gardens, and you might even be thinking of doing something different this year. If you haven’t tried growing your veggies organically, this might be the year to do that. Why would you want to […]