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Watch for Spotted Lanternfly

May 30, 2019

The spotted lanternfly is a new invasive pest has the potential to threaten the tree fruit, horticulture and timber industries of the Northeast. It has been seen as close to Maine as Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. Adults and nymphs feed on leaves and stems by sucking out the plant sap with their straw-like mouth parts. The feeding causes wilting, dieback and eventual death of the plant after prolonged exposure. C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s organic orchard educator, tells how to spot and report this pest in his article “Spotted Lanternfly – A Pest on the Horizon” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Grassland Builds Soil Tilth

May 16, 2019

Will Bonsall uses pasture plants, including grasses, clover, daisies, goldenrod, asters, ferns and other “weeds,” as mulch and to make compost for his garden. To boost the productivity of his run-out pasture, he limed with wood ashes and added clover seed for nitrogen (through bacteria that associate with clover and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into forms plants can use). He also found that watering, and spot-mulching with ramial wood chips, boosted pasture productivity. Read more in his article “Grassland Improvement for Gardeners” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Gardening While Aging

May 2, 2019

How can elders continue to garden when their aging muscles rebel as they try to start a rototiller or do other strenuous gardening jobs? How can anyone garden in a spot where trees have grown tall and their roots have invaded the landscape? Joyce White, who has gardened for 75 years, tackles both issues in her article “Hay Mulch and Other Low-tech Adaptations for Home Gardens” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.