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The 3/50 Project

September 20, 2009

Eagle-eyed Dan spotted news of this project at the Freeport Knife Store.  The 3/50 Project is a simple way to promote supporting local businesses buy spending retail dollars at local businesses.  In short:  Pick 3 businesses you would miss if they closed, and make it a point to stop in and make a purchase.  If half of the employed population spent $50 a month in independent, locally owned businesses, it would generate over $46 billion in revenue.

The website goes on to say that for every $100 dollars spent locally, $68 remains in the local economy through taxes and payroll, etc.  Only $43 of every $100 spent at a big box store remains in the community.  I can’t vouch for the numbers, but I’ve heard similar figures reported over the years, and I believe them.

I mean really, we all know that most Maine Walmart employees earn so little they qualify for Medicaid, or in other words, I, through my middle class taxes, am paying for their health insurance, and Walmart not, they are instead busy convincing the next rural community that they bring good jobs to the area as a result, they need a big tax break to come to the area and open a new store, which will in turn, really threaten the locally owned businesses.  It is a vicious cycle.

I’ll have to think about which 3 are my pick (does it have to be just 3?) but I’ve probably already spent my $50 this month, shopping at farm stands and the farmer’s market, and independently-owned natural food stores, and the locally-owned nursery/garden store.  Have you?

Maine Apple Varieties

September 10, 2009

The Portland Press Herald has a list of some of the apple varieties grown in Maine and where to find them.  Leslie Land also discovered Gravenstein apples in Warren, Maine.  I’ll be getting to Dan to pick up some of those!

Newsletter for Maine gardeners

March 17, 2009

Hot off the press:

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has announced the publication of Maine Home Garden News, a statewide newsletter designed to equip home gardeners with practical information on successfully growing vegetables, fruits and herbs, as well as flowers, lawns, shrubs and trees. The newsletter will be published monthly from March through October and will be available in both print and electronic forms.  Subscriptions to the electronic version are free; subscriptions to the print version cost $10 to cover printing and mailing costs for the eight issues. Subscribe at extension.umaine.edu/gardennews or call
800-287-0274.

Maine Home Garden News will include timely and seasonal tips as well as research-based articles on all aspects of gardening. The writers will be UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals as well as Master Gardener volunteers from around the state, with Professor Richard Brzozowski serving as editor.

Maine Home Garden News subscriptions.

2 pieces of good news

February 27, 2009

The first, self fertilizing, biodegradeable, pollution reducing creative reusing Cow Pots were featured in today’s NY Times.  I may have to try these….

Secondly, a bill aimed at reducing light pollution and preserving Maine’s stargazing-friendly skies gained committee support in the Maine legislature today.  Unfortunately, it has already been amended to require “study” by the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee to determine what rules are already in effect before adopting statewide standards.

I REALLY hope this bill passes and if anything, is made stronger; you can be sure I’ll be contacting my legislators to share that opinion!

A seed starting chart for Mainers

January 29, 2009

As I get to work on my seed starting list, I stumbled across this helpful chart from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners website in this article, Huge Growth Potential, Pounds of Dividends: It’s Time to Order Seeds.  Thanks, MOFGA!

The Royal Horticultural Society plans

January 28, 2009

It is again snowing here in Maine, and I’m home with a nasty cold, so I’m poking about doing some online gardening while waiting for the Sudafed to make me feel better.  Please.

Anyhow, while surfing I came across some Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society site, which has some nice small vegetable garden plans online as part of their efforts to encourage people to try growing their own veggies.

Rainwater collection system

April 28, 2008

I meant to add a link in my post yesterday, but was overcome by garden exhaustion and forgot. Meg and Kelly at Future House Farm have a great tutorial on setting up a rainwater collection system. Check it out if you are considering a system of your own.

Rain barrels can often be purchased at a discount through municipalities placing group orders, check your local water district office.  Our barrels came used from food manufacturing facilities and are made of food-grade high density polyethelene.  Check the classifieds or your local pennysaver-type magazine for re-purposed barrels.

New Resource for Mainers

May 24, 2007

I discovered today, while searching for a class on canning and preserving, that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service has a blog. Who knew!

The canning and preserivng class I enrolled in is on June 14 in Lisbon. I hope to learn how to safely use that pressure canner.

Sweet idea for sweet peas

May 22, 2007

I saw this idea in some coverless magazine while biding my time in my podiatrist’s waiting room, and thought it was clever. Is it too late to plant sweet peas?

Maine Plant Sales

May 3, 2007

It’s plant sale season! I’m a big fan of plant sales, it is a terrific way to acquire new plants, and meet other Maine gardeners. Here’s the list of those Midcoast Maine sales I know about (let me know if you have one to add!)

Plant Sales by Date

Thursday, May 10
Bath Garden Club’s annual plant sale 8 a.m. – noon, Patten Free Library, Bath


Saturday & Sunday May 12 & 13
9 a.m.-5 p.m. The McLaughlin Foundation Garden and Horticultural Center – 97 Main St., South Paris, ME. Our season-opening plant sale specializing in wild flowers and perennials. Enjoy Bernard’s [McLaughlin] wild flower collection in bloom while you choose additions for your own garden. The gift shop and house will be open as we officially kick off the season. Free

Saturday May 12, 9 a.m. to noon at the Southern Maine Community College Greenhouse, 10 Slocum Drive. 741-5877 for more information.

Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon Garden Club of Wiscasset perennial plant sale, Wiscassett municipal building, corner of Routes 1 and 27. Small perennial shrubs such as lilacs and raspberry bushes, and perennial plants including peonies, irises, hostas, daylilies, and phlox.

Saturday & Sunday May 12 & 13, Plant Sale, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay. 207-633-4333 for more information.

Saturday, May 19, 9 am – 4 pm Bowdoinham Library Plant Sale, Bowdoinham Town Hall. Don’t miss this one! Bring a box, or plastic bags, or both. For more info, or for directions

Saturday, May 19 The Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held at the Barron Center in Portland from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brighton Ave, opposite Lowe’s, at ME Tpke Exit 48. The proceeds provide scholarship money for Maine students studying horticulture.

Saturday, May 19 Maine Rose Society Annual Plant Sale, The Barron Center, Portland. More Information

Saturday – Monday May 26-28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. Annual Plant Sale flowers, vegetables and baskets from their own greenhouse Details.

Saturday – Monday May 26-28th Lilac Festival 9am-5pm Our 10th anniversary lilac celebration! The McLaughlin Foundation Garden and Horticultural Center – 97 Main St., South Paris, ME. Experience the colors, scents and traditions around lilac season with us. Perennials and lilacs will be on sale all weekend. The house, gift shop, and café will be open as well. $5 donation requested

Saturday, June 2 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Morris Farm Peerless Perennial Plant Sale Maine-grown heritage perennials from established Midcoast gardens for sale at reasonable prices. The proceeds of the sale will help underwrite the farm’s summer programming. Call 882-4080 for more information. The Morris Farm, Rte 27, Wiscassett. Details 882-4080


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