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Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Deer ticks are well known as a carrier for Lyme disease and are therefore a serious concern for farmers, gardeners and those of us who otherwise like to spend our time outdoors. Several other tickborne infections can result from a tick bite, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including anaplasmosis,

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Pest Report- April 23, 2021

Hello and welcome to the first Pest Report of 2021!The Pest Report is a compilation of short discussions of pests, diseases and practical growing considerations relevant to the time of year. The Pest Report is not prescriptive – just a warning of current issues in the broader Northeast region that may or may not reach

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Garden Springtails

Garden Springtails (Collembolla) Identification of pest & Most common damage symptoms in the most common crops that it damages: Springtails are a very diverse group of soil dwelling arthropods, that largely feed on decaying organic matter. As such, most springtail species are playing a beneficial role in a healthy soil’s food web. That knowledge may

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Sunscald/ Windwhip

Identification of pest Plants that have not yet been hardened off thoroughly, or can’t get all the water they need, can suffer from something akin to a sunburn. The damage usually shows up first as a bleaching of exposed leaf surfaces, typically higher up on the plant, though sometimes only becomes apparent as necrotic leaf

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Blueberry Pie

Today is National Blueberry Pie Day! At the end of April, you ask? Why not?! Maybe there are some frozen organic wild Maine blueberries taking up residence in your freezer from last summer that need to be used up in a delicious pie! If you are hankering for blueberry pie, but don’t have the fruit

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10 Things Every Beginning Gardener Should Know About Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are often considered an essential crop to grow for both new and experienced gardeners. No supermarket specimen can compare with a garden-fresh tomato. Growing tomatoes in your organic garden also allows for a much wider fruit selection: from cherry, pear and grape tomatoes, to plum and paste varieties, to heirlooms, slicers and beefsteak tomatoes,

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Flea Beetles

Crucifer Flea Beetle (Phyllotreta cruciferae) Striped Flea Beetle (Phyllotreta striolata) Identification of pest & Most common damage symptoms in the most common crops that it damages: Crucifer and striped flea beetles feed on brassica crops as well as weeds that are in the same family, such as yellow rocket or wild mustard. Larvae feed on

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Asparagus Beetle

Asparagus Beetle, Common and Spotted Identification of pest Common Asparagus Beetle  (Crioceris asparigi) Blue-black, shiny, smooth and about 6 to 9 mm (1/4 inch) long, with three large yellow, squarish spots with red margins along each wing cover. Eggs are black, laid standing on end in rows along the spears, and hatch in 3-8 days.

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Edema (Oedema)

Identification of pest & Most common damage symptoms in the most common crops that it damages Edema usually shows up on tomato seedlings when they have been waiting through lots of cloudy cold days. It is also a common problem in plants in the cabbage family, and some house plants Blisters or bumps appear on

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Starting a Farm Business

Choosing a Business Structure/Entity Free help and advice can be found from the following: Legal Food Hub Maine Small Business Development Centers Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI) SCORE Maine If a Sole Proprietor, file for a DBA – “Doing business as”- this is done at your town office If other than a Sole Proprietor: File for

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