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Growing Medicinal Herbs and Flowers for the Plant Pollinators

By Deb Soule I have often wondered where plant pollinators, such as bumblebees and hummingbirds, sleep during the night. Recently, while gathering fresh calendula flowers the evening before a tropical storm was to hit, I began seeing individual bumblebees nestled inside dozens of calendula blossoms, as if someone had told them it was time to

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Members of the Back Bay Garden Club of Boston decorate Christmas wreaths as a fundraiser. Profits are used to make grants and to help care for and replant trees in the Back Bay. By Norma Jane Langford Photos by the author If you live near an urban or suburban population, decorating and selling Christmas wreaths

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Tasty Jellies

Lemon balm is just one of the garden volunteers that can be used to make jellies. English photo. by Roberta Bailey This was a summer for appreciating volunteers. I didn’t necessarily have a lot of people volunteering to help weed or mulch, and I wasn’t dedicating the summer to all the great efforts of MOFGA

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Livestock Housing

COOPP: Get Your Poultry Processed Here COOPP, the poultry processing cooperative operating in Monmouth, is open for business. It gives you a state-inspected poultry product that you can sell anywhere, including farmers’ markets, retail stores and restaurants. This is the only plant in Maine where you can get a state-inspected product to be able to

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Weed Management

Don’t become lax in the fall and let summer annual weeds, such as pigweed (left) and lambsquarters go to seed. Learn about the life cycles of different weeds so that you know when and how to control them. English photo. by Eric Sideman, Ph.D. The most important distinction between organic and conventional growing is that

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Tips Fall 2008

Grazing Cattle All Winter “Swath grazing” – pushing harvested crop leftovers into row piles up to 16 inches high to keep them within reach of cows – allows cattle to graze year-round, even in the middle of a North Dakota winter, and can save farmers as much as 24 cents per cow per day from

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Tips Tidbits

Homemade lettuce seed mix. English photo. Custom Lettuce Seed Mix Managing Blight on Tomatoes Seeking Rare Ladybugs Controlling Fruit Flies in the Home The Recycled Garden Goats and Cattle Graze Together Mechanical Methods Reduce Weed Seedbank Rolling and Crimping Cover Crops Festulolium Rotation? Make Your Own Custom Lettuce Seed Mix If you have several packets

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Lloyd Ferriss, a longtime gardener from Richmond, takes a break from picking in the organic garden he and his wife, Jane Frost, grew for their local food pantry. Jim Ferriss photo. by Lloyd Ferriss We’ve all heard the old saw, “Grow a row for the hungry.” Last spring my wife, Jane Frost, and I turned

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New Zealand

Heather and Francis Young grow an abundance of food on their 3 acres in the Bay of Plenty district in New Zealand. Laura Sayre photo. Part of the herb and vegetable garden is in raised beds. Laura Sayre photo. A low-maintenance part of the Youngs’ landscape. Laura Sayre photo. Life on the far side of

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Tomato Trellis

Welded wire “cattle panels” make great tomato trellises. They stand up well; clean easily; and the openings are big enough that tomatoes don’t get stuck growing into them. Tomash photos. © 2008 Adam Tomash In my 35 years of serious gardening, I have tried most of the common trellising techniques for tomatoes, including stakes and

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