Protect Your Backyard Poultry Flock (Bangor) - March 14
York County Regional Gathering: March 14
Oxford County Regional Gathering: March 20
Maine Maple Sunday: March 22
"Read ME" Agriculture: March 23-27
Cumberland County Regional Gathering: March 28
Kennebec County Regional Gathering: April 9
Androscoggin County Regional Gathering: April 30
Plum $500 Youth Grants: Rolling
Digital Wish Grants: Monthly
Fruit Tree 101: Rolling
Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools: Rolling
School and Community Garden Grants: Multiple
School Garden Open House
As you sow the seeds for this year's garden, consider celebrating a growing season of learning and hard work in the fall with a School Garden Open House.
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March in the Garden
Are you wondering when you’ll ever to be able to garden again? There are garden related activities to do in your classroom and outdoors in your hoop house, right now!
Pea shoots growing at Goranson Farm, Dresden
Consider growing a variety of microgreens and pea shoots in your classroom. These are a good alternative to sprouting seeds, which have been found to harbor pathogens. Several seeds that you can use for growing microgreens include peas, arugula and sunflowers. Celebrate with a salad party when your greens are ready in 1-2 weeks. Snip the microgreens, sprinkle on top of salad greens, and add dressing. Here are several links to how to grow microgreens, what seeds to grow and a microgreens salad recipe:
Here is a lesson on germination.
If you’re planning to start seedlings, now is the time to inventory and purchase your seed starting materials.
You can grow many different hearty greens in March in a hoop house or cold frame. Some folks grow them all winter! First, clean up your beds by composting old plant material and add soil amendments if needed, turning them into the soil well before planting. Some greens to grow include winter density lettuces, spinach, mache, mizuna, mustard and kale. If the nights are going to be below freezing, cover the seeds/seedlings with remay fabric or plastic. Remove the covering once your structure warms up during the day.
Vegetable of the Month: Watermelon Radishes
White on the outside with a beautiful green and red interior. A perfect taste test surprise for a snowy winter’s day!
The Watermelon radish, also known as Rooseheart and Red Meat, is an heirloom Chinese Daikon radish. A member of the Brassica (mustard) family along with arugula, broccoli and turnips, it has a peppery flavor just like other radishes.These radishes are delicious eaten raw or try this recipe for a different treat:
- Cut radishes into wedges, as in photo.
- Mix with 2 tbsp. olive oil and put on a baking tray.
- Roast radishes at 375°, stirring occasionally until fork tender, about 45 minutes.
- Toss gently with 1 tsp. oil and a dash of sea salt or dried Maine kelp flakes-yum!
See more about growing and eating radishes from University of Illinois Extension.
School Garden Regional Gatherings
Network with school garden educators, local farmers and resource professionals! There will be garden tours, workshop presentations, round table discussions and more!
In March we are featuring Gatherings at the following locations:
Bonney Eagle Middle School, Buxton - March 14
Robert's Farm Preserve, Oxford - March 20
Falmouth High School, Falmouth - March 29
Find your county here! More dates and locations still to come!
Maine School Garden Intensive - May 2, 2015
K-12 EDUCATOR TRAINING WORKSHOP
At Johnny's Selected Seeds
Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00-3:30
Maine School Garden Day - May 9, 2015
Maine School Garden Day will be held at Sanford Regional Technical Center, hosted by the Landscaping and Horticulture Program from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. REGISTER HERE
Protecting Your Backyard Poultry Flock from Disease
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10am -12pm Penobscot County Extension Office, 307 Maine Ave, Bangor
Backyard biosecurity, recognizing diseases, and NPIP participation will be discussed at this free program for current and future backyard poultry keepers. There will also be updates for NPIP Independent Testers and bird owners.
For more information and to pre-register for the meeting contact: Melissa Freeman at 207-287-6564 or Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org