Tuesday, April 22, 2014
- Reduce what we use, what we waste.
- Reuse as much as we can, as often as we can.
- Recycle everything we possibly can.
- Rethink our lives, our goals, and our future. What is really meaningful?
- Replenish that which man has plundered.
- Restore as much of the world to a natural state as we possibly can.
- Renew our connection with all life and the planet itself.
The Story Of Stuff
If you have never seen this, you should. Trust me.
Things You Can Do For The Earth That Actually Matter And That Collectively Make A Huge Individual/Global Impact
- Don't Use Plastic.(This is one of the hardest things on the list believe it or not.)
- Add Alternative Energy Sources And Alternative Heating and Cooling Sources To Your Home/Business(This one is pretty easy, but it does take some cash. Better start saving.)
- Go Vegetarian Or Vegan(Start with just one day a week and then up number of days over time)
- Don't Use Planes(We really need these for transporting goods, not people. Use other forms of mass transit.)
- Don't Drive A Car(See above)
- Nix The Idea Of Having Children(I know this one is hard, but it can make the future much brighter. Less people for the world to support is a win-win situation.)
- Grow your own food. Start small and expand with time.
- Buy/Produce Local(Start with a few products and then expand)
Take a look at this Huffington Post article to find out why these all have such a huge eco-impact.
A Little Humor
What Kind Of World Do You Want?
One of my favorite videos of all time, Five Four Fighting's song, World. It makes me sad and happy at the same time. It hurts yet, empowers me. Could you ask more from a song?
Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Is this plant dead?
The initial order of business is patience. The unusually harsh winter of 2013-2014 seems to be lingering in many places, and plants may be slower than usual to bud out. Also, various plants will break dormancy at different times and on their own schedule, not yours! Don’t give up too soon – especially on rare specimens or sentimental favorites.
In looking for a plant’s vital signs, the first things to examine are the flower and leaf buds. Try these simple tests:
- The fingernail test
- The bend-but-don’t-break test
- The good bud/bad bud test
The first thing you have to do as we march into spring is to think about our last frost dates. In the Seacoast and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire, our average date of last frost is May 11 – 20. The first vegetables that you can plan are very cold hardy ones that can with freezing temperatures and hard frosts without injury. If you are growing from seed, they must be able to germinate in cold soils. You can plant cold hardy vegetables about 4-6 weeks before average date of last frost, which is early to mid April in our region.
The very cold hardy vegetables you can consider planting in early to mid April are: collard, kohlrabi, kale, rutabaga, salsify, leaf lettuce, peas, spinach and turnips. You can even plan spinach and lettuce seeds in the fall and they will overwinter and come up when ready in the springtime. Hardy plants that you can start indoors and move outside early are: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, Irish potato sets (baby potatoes), onion sets (baby onion bulbs), asparagus crowns, and rhubarb and horseradish plants.
There are frost tolerant vegetables that can withstand light frosts. Their seeds will germinate in cool soils with great success. Frost tolerant vegetables include seeds of beet, Swiss chard, mustard greens, radish, parsnip, lettuce, carrot, arugula, green onions, Asian greens, and endive. You can also plant cauliflower, Chinese cabbage and leeks that have been started indoors from seed.
The best quality production of vegetables from these cold hardy plant species come when you do start them in the cold they love. A lot of these vegetables can grow to produce a crop in before insect pests come alive in late spring.
For more information visit the Organic Gardening Section of Mother Earth News
Happy gardening to all!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
For those who may not know, The Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee maintains, coordinates, and supports the Farmington Community Gardens as a site for public gardening using community owned land in the Town of Farmington. Both individual and communal gardening spaces are provided for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs to enhance and supplement the nutritional needs of our citizens. The organization believes that promoting the growth of fruits, vegetables, and herbs using ecologically friendly and green gardening initiatives will foster healthy and sustainable gardening practices, aid in the nutritional support of our citizens, and provide a beneficial use for town land that will develop the environmental, ecological, and nutritional literacy within our community.
2014 is the third year of operation for the Farmington Community Gardens. Seven of the first ten gardening spaces were used in the first two years , accounting for 2800 square feet of dedicated growing space. Cultivation of additional spaces will added with increased membership. A third of the two acre space is being kept at meadow stage for pollinators and small animals. Over sixty decorative bulbs, flowers, and shrubs and five different herbs are being nurtured along the one hundred feet of the property edge adjacent to Bay Road. The water collection containers, which now must be pump or hand fed, will be modified this year to collect rainwater throughout growing seasons. The current system holds 600 gallons of water and increased capacity may be added as the Farmington Community Gardens grow larger and the need for water intensifies. In 2014 growing season, the Farmington Community Gardens will add a small number of fruit trees and berry bushes to enhance food production diversity.
We have five local sponsors, who have either donated time, materials, or services for the Community Gardens and we are working to expand sponsorship. Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee is working to actively involve the local school system and is also reaching out to other community groups to foster participation and support for the Farmington Community Gardens. The Committee sponsors a booth at Hay Day, Farmington's annual town festival, and tries to have members attend other community and school activities to look for opportunities to work with others in the town. We plan to continue this activity in 2014. Community spirit is very important part of the mission and the Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee made plans in 2013 to work with at least one class of high school students in 2014. The Committee is also working closely with the Farmington and Middleton Extended Education, an after school program funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (Title IV Part B). The Farmington Community Gardens will also be featured as a NH community garden in an upcoming book release. We'll provide more details about that at a later date.
We'll soon begin to look for more members for the 2014 growing season. If you have questions about membership please e-mail us or come to our next Stewardship Committee meeting on March 7th.
For more information about the Farmington Community Gardens and to keep up to date on our activities during the growing season please visit out social media outlets.
On Twitter: @4fcg2grow
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The new gate is up and it is much easier to deal with than the old, mangled, unmaintained gate. This one is very light so it will be easy for kids, elders, or those with physical challenges to more easily open and close the Farmington Community Garden gate. It is high enough to keep out most deer and the small animals, well they were going to get in anyway weren't they. A giant thank you to all who were involved in the making the new gate happen!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
We had a great day for Hay Day and it was nice for the Farmington Community Gardens to connect with so many people in the Farmington community that day. We had four of us to help with the booth this year; one more than last year! We had our brochures and cards for people to take and a set of pictures to show people who had never been up to the garden what the gardens looked like. We also had three different herbs for sale: Oregano, Curled Parsley, and Thai Basil. If you missed us this year, you can catch us next year, or better yet come to a Stewardship Committee meeting or work day for the Farmington Community Gardens!