Creating a conservation commission in your town

Need help creating a conservation commission in your town?  Help for beginning a conservation commission is as close as your computer or phone – just contact a town near you and ask for information about their conservation commission. If that doesn’t work, contact us, at and we’ll help. Or you can go on line […]

Becoming the environmental conscience of your town

Conservation commissions can do so much even if you have just a small number of people on your conservation commission and a limited budget. Even a few can advocate for a town to buy land to be put aside for preservation from development. If these conservation lands are forested, then trails for dog walking, hiking, […]

The environmental conscience of your town…

They have been called the environmental conscience of the town – your town’s conservation commission – organized to protect and improve a town’s water, beaches and land; advise select boards and city councilors about environmental issues facing the town, and educate the public about environmental issues important to a town’s health and well being. Many […]

Learning from one who does

For the past few years, our town conservation commission has recognized a business owner with our annual conservation and environmental award. Now you have to realize our town may be one of the greenest in Maine, since we have had an ordinance for almost two and a half years banning the use of chemical and […]

Garden friends

Planting or still planning your garden?  Then consider companion planting. Over the years, farmers and gardeners have learned that certain flowers and veggies grow well with one another. Some flowers – such as marigolds – are a kind of ‘wonder’ flower, keeping a host of hungry beetles, aphids, and nematodes away from your flowers and […]

Dark matter

Mulch can be the gardener’s friend, but what if your mulch does more harm than good?  You might wonder how that could be,  if mulch keeps weeds down, neatens your garden, helps your plants stand out, and often feeds your soil, while concentrating watering on your beautiful plants. Most of our neighbors use a lawn […]

Forget about it!

For many of us, using mulch on our garden is as familiar as planning our gardens, planting seeds, and caring for our perennials. We know that almost any kind of mulch will discourage weeds, funnel water to our plants, nourish the soil, and make our garden look neater. My mom, the gardener in the family, […]

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 […]