Below is an update by Jim Demosthenes about the gardens at Topsham Public Library. The gardens are maintained by a talented group of volunteers. Our demonstration gardens behind the library are producing vegetables to help support food security needs in our community. Last October seed garlic was planted on the keyhole garden, a round mounded garden… Read more »
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By Jim Demosthenes, TPL garden volunteer and Master Gardener First made popular in Africa due to dry growing conditions, keyhole gardens are growing in popularity in other hot, dry geographic areas. From a view above, the garden is shaped like a keyhole because of a notch that is cut out of the round shaped bed… Read more »
For obvious reasons, most gardeners don’t write much about their activities during the growing season, at least not this far north, where the summers are short and the winters long. On this cold bright day in January I am thinking of last season’s gardens, as well as all that needs doing before spring. The light… Read more »
That’s right! We’re just letting them…but for a very good reason. Last week, one of our garden fairies (volunteers) pointed out that we have dogwood sawflies munching on the dogwoods in the birdsong garden. Her research indicated that, if tolerable, it’s not a bad idea to let the sawflies be because they are a great… Read more »
‘Tis the season at the TPL Gardens. We have a number of continuing and new projects available for volunteer input . If you see a project you’d like to work on, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the indicated contact person. Children’s Garden Project The Children’s Gardens are ongoing opportunities to contribute volunteer energy through garden maintenance or creative expression:… Read more »
‘Tis the season at the TPL Gardens. We have a number of continuing and new projects available for volunteer input . If you see a project you’d like to work on, please email email@example.com or contact the indicated contact person. Edible Forest Garden: A new Master Gardener Project led by Sarah Wolpow and Dana Cary (729-4945). See this post for… Read more »
Sorry about the last minute announcement, but… Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday May 28, from 1 to 4 we’ll be having a work session in the TPL gardens. We’ll be concentrating on prepping the Edible Forest Garden. For that task, in addition to helping hands and strong backs, we could use 1. Compostable organic material that you… Read more »
Thanks to master gardener, entrepreneur, garden fairy, and all-around swell person Sarah Wolpow, TPL Gardens will receive a Norm Steele Memorial Seed Grant. Here’s Sarah’s grant application: MGSeedGrantForestGarden. She whipped it together in a couple days. Most impressively, I think the background portion can be used for future garden related grant applications.
Sarah brought to the last meeting the idea of edible forest gardens. The basic idea is that since our ecology is suitable for forests, why not create gardens that are adapted to it and that also produce food and ornamental crops. We have a few possible places where we could do this kind of installation:… Read more »
I thought I’d post some links etc… to garden idea sites, one of which is our Pinterest site. You may have to join Pinterest to see it. Sorry. It can be sort of addictive. Click the picture above for a Buzzfeed post on vertical gardens.