August 2013 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

Sign up for the School Garden Open House on 9/28!

National Farmers' Market Week is 8/4 - 8/10. 

Windsor Fair is 8/25 - 9/2. Event listing can go here.

Networking Opportunites

What would you like to learn from other school gardens?  Send us an email with your query and we will post it here .

Resources

Maine Home Garden Newsfrom Umaine Cooperative Extension has great advice and answers to your garden questions.

Johnny's Selected Seeds offers a variety of interactive tools to help you plan your garden, including a Grower's Library.

MOFGA's latest Pest Report.

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Crop of The Month - Potato

Bath PotatoesI have been enjoying new potatoes from my garden for the past couple of weeks, and hope you have had the pleasure of  reaching down into the soil to pluck a few tubers off of your own plants, or purchasing some from your local farm.  Potatoes have a rich history in our state and are a wonderful addition to any school garden.  They can be planted in a number of ways, including in containers, or in raised beds as pictured at the Bath L.O.C.A.L. garden.  They will be ready to harvest over a flexible period of time when students return to school in the fall.  

Umaine Cooperative Extension has a Potato Program that is a valuable resource for learning about potatoes and Integrated Pest Management.  Teach ME About Food & Farms offers a potato lesson for grades 3 and 4. 

School Garden Visits - Bath & Phippsburg

Bath marigold  basilFundraising: The Bath L.O.C.A.L. garden grows small pumpkins, decorative corn and garlic to raise funds for their garden.  Phippsburg Elementary garden club students paint decorative chairs to sell for garden funds.

Companion Planting: Both gardens teach companion planting.  Crops such as marigolds and radishes planted among other crops can minimize pest damage.  Planting beans with corn can improve corn yields and provide a trellis for the beans.  Exploring the potential benefits of companion planting is a great opportunity for students to experiment.

Creative spaces: Both gardens provide students with spaces that serve double duty, they offer a place for plants to grow and students to experience their surroundings.  Trellising enclosed areas for students to crawl through or sit in allows them to actively engage with the garden.  It also provides an inspirational place for students to think and write. 

Who is your Farmer?

The Maine School Garden Network wants to learn more about how your school garden interacts with your local farming community.  Do you have a relationship with local farms?  Who are they, what do they grow and how do you interact with them?  We'd love to hear about your experience!