Cumberland County Office Mailing: PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 Location: 15 Chamberlain Avenue, Portland Phone: 780-4205/1-800-287-1471 FAX 780-4382 www.umaine.edu/umcecumberland/ccmg/ email: email@example.com From the Master Gardener Board President: Hello Fellow Master Gardeners, It’s an honor to begin my year as president of the Master Gardener Board. Many thanks to the dedicated officers who brought our organization through 2009 – Beth Owens as president, Betsy Johnson, secretary; and Maryellen Thoma, treasurer. And thanks to all the Board members, particularly those who have completed their three year term – Maryellen Thoma and Shawn McFarland who are both leaving the Board to turn their attention elsewhere. We wish them all the best. Now we embark on another year of adventures. To build upon the success of an already dynamic program we will no doubt be calling on you! Beyond adding to the high energy of the Flower Show Auction, we want to further enlarge our Spring Plant Sale (May 22). Your energy and imagination as volunteers and suppliers of product will boost our capacity to offer important funding to new garden endeavors. We would like to expand that program. Last year was the first year for the new MG “Seed Project.” As we heard at the Annual Meeting, both projects that we “seeded” increased the number of educated gardeners in Cumberland County. As I see it, that’s our job – help to educate others about growing food and beauty. The newest class of Master Gardeners begins Friday, February 5. We welcome this group of excited and committed gardeners and know they will enrich the level of gardening enthusiasm in Cumberland County. So, even as we all plan our own gardens for this spring, your MG Board is cultivating another successful year for the continuing spread of knowledgeable gardeners who happily share their growing expertise. Cheers, Barb Hager (02) President Annual Master Gardener Silent and Live Plant Auctions The 8th Annual Master Gardener Silent and Plant Auctions are scheduled for Sunday, March 14 and we need your help to make them a success. We have a variety of opportunities available at both auctions, so I am sure we can match to you the perfect task. If you are available for either auction (the silent auction is from 12:30 – 2:30 and the live auction begins at 5:30), please contact Jean Gulliver at firstname.lastname@example.org. February 2010 Page 2 February 2010 Master Gardener Newsletter Upcoming Events General Information February 5 First Day of MG class 2010, 12:30-4 pm, 2010 Maine Vegetable & Fruit School Maine Audubon, Falmouth March 14 Plant Auction; conclusion of the Portland March 24 at Keeley’s Banquet Center in Portland and on Flower Show, 5:30 pm March 25 at the Bangor Motor Inn March 24 ME Vegetable & Fruit School, Keeley Topics include: Banquet Center, Portland, cost $30, FMI: • What’s New with Mulches • Are You Smarter Than Your Weeds? email@example.com • Pollinators and Pesticides April 17 Maine Garden Day, Lewiston High School • Getting Ready for Late Blight in 2010 April 24 Extension Homemaker Eyemax Machine • 2010 Crop Insurance Update fundraiser, 10-2pm, Springmeadows Country Club, • Managing Phytophthora: What Works and What Gray, to reserve table or FMI call Lois at 780-4205 Doesn’t May 15 Master Gardener Work Day • Are Blueberries Right for Your Farm? May 13-June 10 From Recipe to Market, a workshop • Thirty Reasons to Switch to Deep Zone Tillage series for developing and taking your food to market, • What’s New with Berry Varieties? $25/person, co sponsored by Windham & Raymond Adult Ed, FMI call Lois at 78-4205 Please register by March 8th. The cost is $30.00 and includes lunch. Please make checks payable to KLCEA and mail to: Highmoor Farm Atten.tion: Pam St. Peter P.O. Box 179 Second Auctioneer Needed for Live Auction Monmouth, ME 04259 We are in need of a second auctioneer to work with Dick Brzozowski at the live plant auction on Sunday, Student Essay Contest for March 14th. If you know someone who has had Portland Flower Show experience and can keep things moving along at a quick pace, please let Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the know. Thanks! organizers of the Portland Flower Show are asking kids to pretend they are a plant (tree, flower or vegetable – real or created) and to write a short life story telling what plant Starting Seeds~Not So Quick they are, where they live, about their life, and what they Early February is still too early to start most seeds need to grow well for the Portland Flower Show’s fourth indoors, but if you want to grow your own celery, annual student essay contest. For a contest application and leek, or onion transplants, late February or early rules, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland March is the perfect time to get them started. Buy your County by phone at 800-287-1471 or by e-mail at seeds now. Long-season alliums, such as leeks and email@example.com. Applications can also be onions, need 10 to 12 weeks of growth indoors before downloaded from the Portland Flower Show Web site, at they go in the garden. Sprinkle the seed on top of seed- http://www.portlandcompany.com/flower. The starting mix, keep it moist, and as soon as the deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 19. Maine residents aged 6–18 are invited to participate in this seedlings emerge, place the flats under grow lights so contest. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in they grow strong. This also is the time to start small- each of the three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). seeded flowers such as begonias, pansies and Essays will be judged on criteria such as creativity, focus, petunias. and passion for the topic. The winning essays will be announced at the show’s opening night preview on Wednesday, March 10, and selected essays will be posted Directory Changes for public viewing for the duration of the show. The Let us know if you have any address, phone number or Portland Flower Show runs from March 11 to 14, 2010 at email changes. Please make changes in your directory. the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland. Gus Favreau firstname.lastname@example.org For more information and a brochure call 207-743-6329 or visit us @ www.umext.maine.edu. Page 3 February 2010 Master Gardener Newsletter General Information Green Care for Troops Do you know about Eat Well? Green Industry professionals and volunteers across The Eat Well Nutrition Education Program is an the country are teaming up with "Green Care for outreach program of the University of Maine Troops." Lawn and landscape maintenance becomes Cooperative Extension. They provide research based a definite hardship when a family's major nutrition education to (limited-income) youth, breadwinner is on active duty away from individuals and families in homes, small community home. Green Care for Troops is a nationwide groups, schools or through the Eat Well By Mail outreach program that connects local landscape program. professionals and volunteers with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from East Well provides interactive education on a variety home. To date, Green Care for Troops has helped of topics – including: more than 2,400 volunteers provide free lawn and Basic nutrition education landscape services to thousands of military families How to stretch your food dollars and eat better nationwide. for less Master Gardeners interested in volunteering should Try new recipes and contact Green Care for Troops on the web at http:// Learn new hands-on cooking skills projectevergreen.com/gcft/ Do you know someone who might benefit from this A Garden Journal to Share? free program? For more information, please call the Kathleen Carr Bailey is doing a class at Skillin’s called Cumberland County office of the University of “Keeping a Garden Journal”. If any MG would like to Maine Cooperative Extension at 780-4205 and ask to share journals, pictures or whatever means they keep speak to a Nutrition Associate. Thanks for spreading track of progress and gardening memories she would be the news about this valuable program! grateful. Contact her directly at email@example.com or 329-3364. Think Spring, Think Plant Sale Gardening catalogs are appearing in our mailboxes getting us dreaming about spring. As you start thinking of what you’ll be growing this year, please think of the Master Gardener Plant Sale, scheduled for May 22 at the Barron Center on Brighton Avenue in Portland. This is our biggest annual fundraiser and the money raised supports both our scholarship program and our new Community Seeds program, which helps fund deserving Master Gardener projects. Each year the team of volunteers has a good time, works hard and aims to raise more money than the year before. How can you help? Mark your calendar & plan to pick up some great plants Tell your family, friends & co-workers Plan to start some extra seedlings for the sale – vegetables are always in demand (please let us know what you decide to grow and how many) Donate your used gardening books for the book sale table Identify plants in your yard that can be divided, dug up & donated Volunteer your time – a little or a lot If you would like to help, donate books or plants Join the digging team or simply would like more information, please Price and sort plants email Marilyn Brinnick at firstname.lastname@example.org Set up tables & displays or Betsy Johnson at email@example.com. Help people check out Watch upcoming newsletters and your inbox for Share your knowledge with our customers more details! Page 4 February 2010 Master Gardener Newsletter Making Seed Tapes by Norm Steele Needed Items: Roll of inexpensive paper towels Q Tips Packet of Knox gelatin Tweezers Small Skillet Seeds Metal one cup measuring cup Ruler, or marked off stick teaspoon Pencil Layout spaced seed locations on paper towels with pencil dots. Use 1-1/2" spacing for carrots, 3" for beets, 4-1/2" for leaf lettuce, and 2" for radishes. Use a monogerm beet such as Moneta from Johnny's Selected Seeds, so that only one beet will grow from each seed. Put some water in the skillet, and place on the stove on low. Put about 1/2" of water in the measuring cup and place in the skillet. When the water has heated, open a packet of Knox gelatin and pour into the measuring cup while stirring with the teaspoon. Leave the spoon in the measuring cup to put the Q Tip against so it will not fall into the cup. Touch the gelatin wetted Q Tip to the seed locations in one row across the paper towel, then using the tweezers, place a seed at each location. With the Q Tip, place a drop of gelatin on each seed. Move the paper towel often to prevent it from sticking to the table surface. Make the seed tape the evening prior to planting. Spread planting media at the outside location selected for planting. Lay down the seed tape and cover with planting media. Keep well watered until plants are established. For questions contact Norm Steele Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Put "Seed Tape" in the subject line Tel: (207)829-3461 February 28, 2010 Reporting your MG Volunteer Hours: Attend a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in your community and learn about Each month when you receive your newsletter you will find a CSAs, become acquainted with local seasonal link for reporting hours. Or bookmark the link below: foods, buy a share in a farm's weekly harvest, http://www.umaine.edu/umcecumberland/ccmg/ and discover how you can grow a relationship MG_monthly_report.html with a Maine farm. Detailed info on the MOFGA website: **Please only report total hours for each month** www.mofga.org CCMGA Board Members Staff Barb Hager, President Brett Thompson Richard Brzozowski Extension Educator Betsy Johnson, Vice President Katy Gannon Janelle Amy Witt Horticulturist Deb Locke, Secretary Beth Owens Diana Hibbard Home Horticulture Coordinator Ellen Call , Treasurer Marty Schindler Tim Walsh Colleen Hoyt Administrative Assistant 207-780-4205 Published and distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 20, 1914, by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Land Grant University and the State of Maine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Cooperative Extension and other agencies of the U.S.D.A. provide equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in any program, please call Dick Brzozowski at 1-800-287-1471 to discuss your needs. Please contact us at least 5 days prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs. In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University System. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, The University of Maine, Room 101, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, telephone (207) 581-1226 (voice and TDD).
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