Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Fall Gardening Webinar Series

Fall is here and winter isn't far behind, but there's still lots to do in the garden and orchard! MOFGA is very happy to be collaborating with our friends at University of Maine Cooperative Extension to offer this Fall Gardening webinar series. Staff members from both our organizations will be sharing tips & tricks to help you make the most of the fall in your garden - and begin planning for next year! All webinars take place over the lunch hour and are free (optional $5 donation.) Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for a webinar. All sessions will be recorded and shared with participants following the event. If you are unable to attend the live session, please register to receive a copy of the recording and a resource list.

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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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

A Monthly Webinar Series

This summer MOFGA is hosting a series of monthly webinars as part of our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners series, as well as informal Gardening Q&As and more. You can keep up to date with upcoming virtual events here.

You can also find recordings of many of our webinars and other great videos, including our new Around the Grounds series, on our YouTube channel.

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Webinars and More Continue into the Fall

October 26, 2020

As the weather cools, you might be thinking about learning a new skill or taking a class. As always, we have a variety of events coming up (including a series of webinars in collaboration with the cooperative extension). You can find the full list here.

The Online Common Ground Country Fair Still Has Much to Offer

October 26, 2020

Though we missed gathering in person for the Fair this year, we were glad to share the spirit of the weekend with all of you at fair.mofga.org. If you missed it, there is still much to enjoy on the website including a multitude of videos about gardening and a marketplace featuring some of your favorite vendors (and yes, there is still garlic for sale if you still need some).

Exploring the Woods this Fall? Make Note of Big Trees!

October 26, 2020

As our work in our gardens winds down, we might be enjoying walks and hikes through nearby woodlands. While you explore keep note of any big trees you see! The Maine Forest Service recently shared their report on Maine’s Register of Big Trees for 2020.  You can submit potential additions to the list – find more information about how to do so here. If this interests you, you can sign up for our low impact forestry newsletter or learn more about our low impact forestry work on our website.

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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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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Sharing Resources with One Another

June 24, 2020

After this year's virtual Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, we wanted to make more space for all of you to share and trade resources for your gardens this year.  You can use these links to post about what you need or what you can offer. The goal is to enable people across Maine to share easily what they can and to help make everyone's gardens and homesteads more successful.

Fill out information about what you are seeking or offering here.

Browse offers by county here.

Browse requests by county here.

If you have extra land for gardening available to share or are looking for a space to garden this year, you might be interested in the Maine Land Share Project, which is making connections to match aspiring gardeners with shared land and resources for community food security in response to COVID-19.

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Looking for more information? You can sign up for our weekly bulletin (MOFGA updates), pest report (sent every two weeks during the growing season), or our local and organic pledge (tips and recipes for eating local and organic year round) here. Stay in touch!

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].