Archive for the ‘grow your own’ Category

Be on the Alert for Late Blight!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

late-tomato-blight.jpgWith two recently confirmed cases in New England, here’s a reminder to be on the alert for Late Blight. Help us avoid the devastating effects of this disease by gardening responsibly — know where your plant material comes from, do not use volunteer tomato or potato seedlings that may have overwintered, and send suspected samples to the UNH Cooperative Extension. Learn more at the Cooperative Extension’s Late Blight update page:


Late blight has recently been detected on tomato in two New England greenhouses – one in Connecticut (late April) and one in Maine (last week).  In Connecticut, the source of the late blight is believed to be infected potatoes that were also growing in the greenhouse. In Maine, the disease appeared on volunteer tomato plants inside of a greenhouse that had previously had late blight. Both of these are likely isolated cases and have been contained, but these cases show that it is important to keep looking for symptoms of late blight on both potatoes and tomatoes.


Good resources for showing photos of symptoms along with detailed discussions of how to manage late blight include:


If you suspect that the disease is present in any of your crops please mail or deliver a sample ASAP for professional diagnosis to your state’s Extension plant pathologist so we can track the disease. In NH mail to: Cheryl Smith, UNH Cooperative Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab, G37 Spaulding Hall, 38 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. You can also phone the Plant Diagnostic Lab at 603-862-3200 or call your county UNH Cooperative Extension Office.


If you believe you have late blight on either tomato or potato, you may submit a sample free of charge. Write “late blight confirmation” on the top of the submittal form.


Also from Rodale: Tomato Blight 2011: Are You and Your Garden Ready for It?

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, May 21

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

264.pngFrom the UNH Cooperative Extension:


Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale

Demonstration and Instruction Garden

Rockingham County Complex, North Road, Brentwood, NH

Saturday, May 2, 2011

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rain or Shine


Shop for Plants in a Beautiful Setting! Choose from a luscious selection of beautiful and hardy annuals and perennials in our Demonstration and Instruction Garden.


Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give advice. Many years of expertise and experience will help you create your dream garden!


Look for signs on North Road pointing toward plant sale. For flyer >


All proceeds help fund Master Gardener projects in Rockingham County. For more information on the UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program, click here >


Our office is located at 113 North Road in Brentwood, New Hampshire. You are welcome to visit us during our office hours Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information on UNH Cooperative Extension programs in Rockingham County, visit our website, email, or call 603-679-5616.

Edible Forest Gardening: Perennial Food Production, May 21

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Perennials are a great way to get a head start in the garden during spring, and there are many that can be grown for food. Learn more about perennial edibles this Saturday, May 21, at the presentation “Edible Forest Gardening: Perennial Food Production” sponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group:


Edible Forest Gardening: Perennial Food Production

Durham Community Church, 17 Main St, Durham, NH

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Presentation 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; plant & book sale, info tables 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


Want to see permaculture plantings that work? Through images and discussion enjoy a thriving Edible Forest Garden that produces loads of fruits, roots, shoots, greens, seeds, flowers, mulch, eggs, knowledge and fun. Come learn how to use the plants (and other yields) from this permaculture paradise in your own garden.


Jonathan Bates runs Food Forest Farm Permaculture Nursery, a source for useful, edible, hard to find plants and seeds. He’s been studying, creating and working with rural and urban gardens in the Connecticut River Valley for the last ten years, and is a co-designer and inhabitant of an edible forest garden in Holyoke, MA. He works closely with Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. Visit Jonathan’s website at:


We will also coordinate a plant preorder from him.  See what he has to offer at  We’ll receive a discount for what we preorder.  See our message board to get in on that!


Open to the public. Cost: sliding scale of $5-15 per person.


There is also a separate Edible Forest Garden Install Workshop scheduled in the afternoon, following the presentation.


Co-sponsored by the North Shore Permaculture Meetup, NOFA- NH and the Peace & Social Concerns Committee of the Dover Friends.


For more information and to reserve a spot:  If you don’t want to join the site (it’s free!) you can instead contact:

Permaculture Meetup: Rabbit Husbandry

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group has announced a new Meetup on Rabbit Husbandry that’s filling up fast!


Rabbit Husbandry

Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group

Amy Ouellette, Barrington, NH

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 1–3 p.m.


Rabbit husbandry is a great way to supply your home with meat. They can be raised in small spaces, urban settings, and are far less conspicuous than chickens, if you are in a neighborhood that might frown on raising chickens. In addition to taking very little overall space, there a a great many other benefits to raising them. They are easy to handle, convert feed to meat efficiently, can provide your garden with amazing manure, are reasonable to breed, easy to butcher, are ready for harvest in 14–16 weeks, and they are delicious!


In the class we will cover the basic needs of a rabbit, feed options, housing options, how to select breeds and foundation stock. Information will be presented, with time for questions. Amy will have a prepared rabbit available for sampling. After the presentation and meat sampling, which will take place inside, we will head outside to look at Amy’s rabbitry, see rabbits in various stages of development, as well as the adult breeding herd. The day will end with the butchering of a rabbit (optional attendance).


 Amy started raising rabbits with a community of folks, 2 years ago. The trio of rabbit raisers selected a breed to raise, and have been working through the learning curve together. There are now over a half dozen folks raising the D’Argent breed, locally, which is allowing for a great community, as well as, improving of the breed. Amy has a small homestead in Barrington where she and her family raise Heritage Chickens, Ducks and Rabbits, as well as a budding garden.


This workshop will run from 1–3 pm, though Amy will be available afterwards for more questions. We are asking for a $5-10 donation for this event.


For more information:

DIY: Backyard Mushrooms… Update!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011


I once read about a farmer who wanted to make a plum tart, but first had to grow the plums. At the time, a three year wait for an ingredient seemed inconceivable to me. Mother nature, however, rewards the patient. It will take a few more years to tell whether the ramps can get established, but our asparagus beds are finally maturing and the shiitake logs we innoculated a year ago have fruited. In case you’re interested, the same workshop will be offered again this Saturday, May 14th:


Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

New Eden Collaborative, First Parish Church, Newbury, MA

Saturday, May 14, 2011

10 AM – Noon


This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to inoculate fresh logs with shiitake plug spawn for home-scale mushroom cultivation.  Other appropriate mushroom varieties and growing methods will be discussed to add to the potential for further fungi fun.  Participants will take home an inoculated log, instructions for care, and a list of resources.


Fee: $36 per person or $40.00 per couple to receive one inoculated log with online registration; $40 per person or $40.00 per couple the day of the event.


Workshop leader: Charlotte Dion


For more information and other workshops:


NOFA-NH Herbal Network is also offering mushroom growing workshops >

Maine Harvest for Hunger & Senior FarmShare Program

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

From the University of Maine Cooperative Extension:


Grow Produce for Food Pantries with Maine Harvest for Hunger


As local gardeners start making their garden plans, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program is asking gardeners to consider growing extra produce to donate to local food pantries. The program coordinates volunteers, helps them connect with local food pantries and provides advice about what to grow and when to harvest. Please visit


The 2011 Senior FarmShare Program is currently available to eligible seniors! 


Participants in the Senior FarmShare Program are entitled to receive a FarmShare ($50 worth) of first quality, fresh, local produce from a Maine farm for a core 8-week period during the growing season. The variety of produce and supply method will vary depending on the farm you choose. For more information: click here.

Garden Workshop: Weeds, Pests & Disease, May 14

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

251.jpgAre Pests, disease, and weeds the bane of your beautiful garden? Learn how to better identify and control the vermin that feast on your garden’s bounty at this hands-on workshop!


2011 Garden Workshop Series:

Weeds, Pests, and Disease;

Crop Rotation; and Companion Plants and Allies

Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Auburn Way, Auburn, NH

Saturday, May 14th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Make your garden flourish this year with hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the Massabesic Audubon Center.


Enthusiastic Gardeners and Gardening Families Welcome!


Individual workshops are $15 per family or $50 for all four remaining sessions. To register, contact Ron Christie, UNH Cooperative Extension Rockingham County office, at 603-679-5616 or Because of limited space, registration is required.


Workshops through September:  

Saturday, May 14: Weeds, Pests, and Disease; Crop Rotation; Companion Plants and Allies

Saturday, June 4: Permaculture; Composting; Cover Crops and Green Manures

Saturday, Aug. 20: Extend Your Growing Season

Saturday, Sept. 24: Closing Your Garden, Assessing Your Success, Planning for Next Year


For event flyer:


For more information:

Herb & Mushroom Workshops from NOFA-NH Herbal Network

Thursday, April 28th, 2011



The NOFA-NH Herbal Network has announced their 2011 spring schedule of herb and mushroom workshops taking place statewide. The 17 workshops include ones on “Seaweed As Food & Medicine” and “Art of Goat Milk Soap Making”, and a special series on mushrooms with program partner Wichland Woods in Nelson, NH:


The NOFA-NH Herbal Network is Proud to Bring You 2011 Statewide Herb & Mushroom Workshops


In-Depth Learning · Open to the Public · Advanced & Beginner Levels

Special Discounts for NOFA-NH Members

Take One or Take Them All!


Growing Mushrooms in the Forest: Log & Stump Inoculation with David Wichland

Sunday, May 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $45.


Mycological Landscaping: Growing Mushrooms in the Garden & Straw

Inoculation with David Wichland

Sunday, June 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, $45.


Wild Mushroom Foray & Medicinal Mushroom Tea Party with David Wichland

Sunday, August 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, $45.


Mushroom workshops held at Wichland Woods in Nelson, NH ~ Program Partner


Don’t Forget Your NOFA-NH Member Discounts!

10% off for Basic & Individual Levels

20% off for Family/Farm Level

25% off for Biz/Org, Supporting & Sustaining

Discounts off of listed workshop price; not applicable to materials fees.


If you are unsure of your membership level, contact the NOFA-NH office at 603-224-5022.


See website for full listing of workshops. Registration, details, and directions: NOW – Class sizes are limited!


Questions? Email

“All About Seeds” for Children at Dover Cassily Community Garden, April 30

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

traci-juliana-willie-bug-id.jpgFrom the Dover Cassily Community Garden:


All About Seeds 

“Growing Children” Garden Program

Dover Cassily Community Garden

Hillside Dr, Dover, NH

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10 a.m.


Join us for Dover Cassily Community Garden’s “Growing Children” children’s garden program “All About Seeds” on Saturday, April 30, 2011. We will take a tour the gardens, discover what seeds need to grow and plant “cool” season crop seeds and transplants.


This is the first in the summer long Growing Children Activity Series focusing on growing cycles, affinity for planting, caring for, harvesting and eating locally grown organic produce, community building, social interaction, exploration of nature, getting dirty and just plain having fun!


Children of all ages and families are welcome to attend free of charge. Much more information (including directions) is available at or email Traci, Youth Outreach Coordinator, at All programs will begin at 10am at the DCCG shed and run from about an hour to an hour and a half.


Directions from the Spaulding: Take exit 9 toward Rt-9/Dover/Rt-108/Somersworth. Turn left onto Indian Brook Drive. Turn left onto 6th St. Travel about 1.1 miles then turn right onto Hillside Drive.


Directions from Downtown Dover: Take Central Ave. northbound. Take a left onto 6th St. Travel for about .5 mile then take a left onto Hillside Drive.


Once on Hillside Drive, continue toward the ball fields, through the gate (the road turns to gravel). Pull into the upper parking lot on the right and park near the green DCCG shed.

Stout Oak Farm now taking orders for seedlings

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Stout Oak Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Epping, NH, will have seedlings available by order. They have an amazing variety of tomatoes and peppers, as well as herbs and eggplant. Orders are due May 10th for pick up in late May:

This Spring we are offering organic seedlings for your vegetable garden20 varieties of tomatoes, plus peppers, eggplant, and culinary herbs. To see our full list of seedling varieties and downloadable order form, click here (.pdf).  The deadline for pre-orders is May 10th. Plants will be ready for pick-up at the farm in late May.  Get your orders in soon to ensure that we have the varieties you’re looking for!

We are especially excited to be offering a few Italian heirloom tomato varieties that are traditionally used for drying. We are growing these from seed brought back from Italy by our friend Debra. These tomatoes can be sun-dried, dehydrated, or hung to dry on the plants at the end of the season. They bear small, relative low-moisture fruit, which makes them particularly suitable for drying. They can also be eaten fresh! Here are the three we’re offering as seedlings this year:  Principe Borghese (small red plum), Inverno a Grappoli (“winter grape”), and a yellow variety from Puglia called Ponderosa sel Oro.