January 2015 Newsletter

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Rebecca Jacobs of Knox-Lincoln SWCD helped us field a question about keeping deer out of the garden with the following recommendation: 

"Eight foot plastic fencing (comes in rolls) is the best and one of the most cost effective ways to handle deer problems with gardens.

Here is a link to one of the many suppliers.

They are hungry herbivores and pretty clever at making it through any gaps, so make sure to include landscape staples in the purchase and secure the fence at ground level."

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January in the Garden

Bean Seeds

While spring may seem like a long way off, now is a great time to start looking at seed catalogs to get you thinking about spring planting and what vegetables and flowers you may want to grow and tools and accessories you’ll need for the upcoming season. There are always new varieties to try as well as the old stand-bys and thumbing through seed catalogues just might chase away your winter blues.  Find Maine Seed Catalogs on our website, including information on sourcing heirloom seeds from Medomak Valley High School.  We also have resources on when to plant your seeds.

Planning out your 2015 garden will help you establish a budget and set fundraising goals for the upcoming year.  Visit our grant and fundraising pages for ideas and resources to accomplish your goals.  Several seed companies have seed catalog fundraiser programs that will donate a portion of sales to schools.

A highly motivating project to consider doing in your classroom is worm composting or vermiculture, which can be modified and adapted to the age of your students. Students will learn the basic facts of composting with worms. They’ll be able to give examples of “brown” and “green” compost ingredients and construct a worm composting bin. They’ll learn observation, recording and graphing skills as they watch the changes that occur over time during the composting process.

They’ll be able to explain and describe the importance of aeration, use problem solving and persuasive writing techniques in connection with their compost bin.

Resources:

MSGN Compost Resources

Teach ME About Food and Farms: Compost Lesson

School Garden 101 Bibliography of School Classroom Lesson Materials 

Regional Gathering Registration

RG TEASER

Click the link for more information about each Gathering on EventBrite!

Lincoln County: Morris Farm, Wiscasset - February 28, 9:30a-12:30p

York County: Bonney Eagle Middle School, Buxton - March 14, 10:00a-1:00p

Oxford County: Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway - March 20, 4:00p-7:00p

Cumberland County: Falmouth High School, Falmouth - March 28, 10:00a-1:00p

Kennebec County: Maranacook High School, Readfield - April 9, 4:00p-7:00p

Androscoggin County: Leavitt Area High School, Turner - April 30, 4:00p-7:00p

Penobscot County: Ridge View Community School, Dexter - May 14, 4:00p-7:00p

Washington County: Washington Academy, East Machias - June 6, 10:00a-1:00p