Maine Farm Days 2013 Dates
Merrymeeting Trail Initiative
Maine Farm-A-Syst Program
2,940 in 2012
2,410 in 2011
3,210 in 2010
3,720 in 2009
3,260 in 2008.
3,930 in 2007.
3,200 in 2006.
Plant workshop on November 1st was heavily attended. People had to be turned
away. As a result another is being planned for late winter or early spring. Stay
Kennebec District Supervisor Elections -
The ballots are
Clif Buuck of Readfield; elected to a one year term completing the unfinished
term of Linda Leotsakos who died last spring.
Gary Wheeler of Augusta; elected to a full 3 year term starting in January,
2014. Gary is new to the Board of Supervisors.
election is scheduled for November 28, 2013. All
completed ballots must be received by the afternoon of November 28th
Fall Newsletter is out.
We have just sent out the Fall, 2013
Conservation Times via e-mail. If
you do not receive one take a look here. Given that this issue is not a paper
hard copy we suggest you print it off and peruse it at your leisure. While we
recognize the ease and thrift of electronic news, we also recognize that it is
not a very effective way to review and analyze information. We are
currently seeking sponsors in order that we can once again offer and produce
four annual editions of the newsletter.
Click here for a copy.
finally gone through the leftover trees banked at my house. Many are trees and
shrubs from a couple years ago which have been potted and banked. The survival
rate is excellent and the selection in relatively good. I even have a couple
Camperdown Elm and a few lilacs. Check below for the list or go to Dale's Garden
Contractors now need to be "Certified" for shoreland zone work. While
the State had extended time for contractors to have their BMP sites certified,
that time is past. If you are doing work in the shoreline, your contractor needs
to be "certified". Check
for more information.
or e-mail Bill Laflamme at 215-9237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine DEP has modified their website. We have posted a list of the modified
links on our "Useful Links"
you are looking for gravel/camp road materials,
you want permit information, including the Permit by Rule [PBR]
general resource page at the Maine DEP website includes all kinds of reference
material. They have an excellent selection of manuals and technical guides.
Select that DEP page here.
Here at the
Kennebec District --
** We continue doing Gravel Road Plans
throughout the County for road groups..
**The Togus Pond 319 watershed grant
is making progress. We have completed two road plans and are currently and are meeting with
landowners to review erosion problems. We met with the Togus Pond Association in
Dale's garden update --
Dale's Garden Page
--- The gardens have been "put to bed" i.e. they
have been cleaned and covered with leaf mulch or cover seeded with annual rye.
-- The compost has been rebuilt. [I now
have a large pile ready to use next spring] and it is back to temperature, 100-120°.
--- Most leaves have been raked, chopped and
added to my "carbon" pile next to the compost pile. That huge pile of chopped
leaves is my source of "brown stuff" when I begin to add greens to my compost
--- At least the Japanese Beetles are gone.
--- I must comment on the great peach crop
this year. The Reliance Peach ripened first. Then the Contender Peach which were
superb. ...and then the Madison Peach produced.
--- In addition I had my first Asiatic Pears.
I'll be adding another tree next year. They ripened late but were the best pear
I've ever tasted from around here.
For local weather information you may want to check
for very local information and history
may purchase from the tree and shrub bank!!! Now's the
time to begin thinking about next spring's plantings. Our January newsletter
will have our tree sale information.
If you are thinking about planting from the leftovers, take a look at the list from Dale's Garden
take a look at the list here.
There are a number of plants good for buffer planting.
It is a good time
to focus on your soils for the coming year. A simple
list for soil improvement is 1) enhance organic material, 2) prevent soil
compaction, 3) avoid excess tillage, 4) manage pests & nutrients EFFICIENTLY, 5)
keep the ground covered [cover crops] and 6) diversify your crops. For a
good discussion of soil improvement check out the following.
here for the specific article.
planning buffers and other ways to control erosion and stormwater damage on property and along shorefront,
check out the
Conservation Fact Sheets
and other information
at the Maine DEP
website or the Portland Water
District website. Both of these websites have more than just the Fact
Sheets for information you may find useful.
Calendar of Events/Workshops and other opportunities.
click here for events to keep on your calendar for the