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I'm a perfect mess!

I'm a perfect mess!

I don’t have a “body image problem.”  Instead, I have a “home image problem.”  There’s some crumbs, dust, maybe a little grime, but mostly clutter I’m constantly keeping at bay.  Enter A Perfect Mess.  Not all mess is bad mess.  Some mess is extremely productive.  There are different kinds of messes, and different kinds of mess-makers.  So I'm cutting myself some slack about mess. -> Read More.

Duck dwelling moved!

Duck dwelling moved!

We have moved the ducks to the front yard!  They were spending all their time there anyway and I had to chase them back to their duck house each night.  That got tedious so I decided to move their housing out front under our apple tree.  There is a culvert nearby that has a slow but steady trickle and so I dug out a small "pond" there!  It is very small, only about 2 feet long and 6 inches deep but it's working well for them, plus I don't have to carry water to them!  They go in each night on their own now which is perfect!  All I have to do is close them up.  They wander pretty far afield but always seem to manage to find their way home.  They also are sociable with our laying hens, spending time near the chicken coop.  The chickens are separated by a hoop house so they can't mix but I've read you can keep ducks and chickens together.  We'll see!

Morris Farm Plant Sale

Morris Farm Plant Sale

This week, Morris Farm volunteers potted nearly 150 tuberous roots of dahlias that were donated to the Farm by Master Gardener Paul Fenton from his extensive collection. The plants will be available later this month at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale.

Dahlias are a popular addition to the landscape because they can range in height from one to six feet, with blossoms from two to twelve inches wide. They begin blooming in early summer and continue to frost.

In addition to dahlias, the Morris Farm sale will include hardy Maine-grown perennials from local gardens and 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Gardening experts, including Paul Fenton and several other Master Gardeners, will be on hand to answer questions. Baked goods will also be sold in the meeting room adjacent to barn.

The plant sale will be held on Saturday May 19 from 8:30 AM to Noon at the Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road (Rt.

Lecture: "Historic Maine Homes"

Lecture: "Historic Maine Homes"

"Historic Maine Homes" is a survey of Maine people about what houses should look like. The book tries to answer the question “what were they thinking?” when Maine’s home builders set out to build a house in the latest fashion.

Presented by Christopher Glass, a practicing architect with his office in Camden.

May 10, 7:30pm at Cushing Historical Society, 17 Hathorne Point Rd, Cushing

207-542-7596 or ericlarsanderson@gmail.com

Spring Plant Sale & Education Fair

Spring Plant Sale & Education Fair

Spring Plant Sale 

Saturday, May 5 9am - 3pm Union Fair Grounds

Cash & Carry Plant Sales, Education Fair

(Perennial Cash & Carry on Saturday only)

 

Sunday, May 6 10am - 2pm

Cash & Carry Sales

~ Native and native-friendly trees & shrubs for landscaping & conservation (bareroot)

~ Fruit trees and berries (bareroot)

~ Native perennials from Rebel Hill Farm (organic, Maine-grown, 6" or 1 gal pots)

India Runner Ducks!

India Runner Ducks!

We have just acquired three lovely India Runner Ducks, a male and two females!  Normally we buy birds that are newley hatched but this time we purchased full grown birds off Craig's List.  These are India Runner Ducks which are flight-less which is good since I don't want them to fly away but also bad since if they really need to escape a predatore they might be out of luck!  You must provide them with good housing that is predator proof and you also must provide them with enough water to fully immerse their heads.  This allows them to clean their eyes and nostrils out!  Our plan in getting these ducks is to use them for pest control.  They are very good foragers and seek out slugs specifically.  At the end of this gardening season we will turn them loose in the garden and let them root out any slugs.  This will really knock down the population for next year.  They also are laying very nice large white eggs.  I had one over easy the

Jane's Garden Part 3

Jane's Garden Part 3

Just before all the rain hit recently we did more gardening with Jane!  This time she's planting out carrots and lettuce.  Normally we wouldn't do this in the middle of April but it has been so warm we just decided to try anyway and see what happens!