Maine Observer: Discovering from 55 years of Maine gardens

Every calendar year we have planted a yard.  That to start with 12 months just after our wedding ceremony we planted our initially upcoming to the aged barn we experienced just ordered in Bar Mills.

Lettuce, tomatoes, chives, strawberries, cukes, onions, beans, squash we learned the glory of farm to table feeding on.  When we moved out to the woods or nearer the coast and eventually to Chebeague Island, we planted taking cuttings from the first gardens and including new types to the menu.  We benefited early from close friends that shared starts off of favored crops.

When we created a household in Ross Corner in which the ’47 fire experienced burned all the leading soil, friends gave us a truckload of manure for our anniversary. When we restored the old dwelling on Pier Highway, we crafted elevated beds from old wharf boards brought property from the Kennebunkport dump. We planted rows of Rugosa collected by the pier guiding stone walls crafted from industry stones taken from the old foundation changed when we lifted the household.

On the island we planted dozens of substantial bush blueberries and grape vines that presented jams and pies.  The ancient Newcombe backyard close to the Island University delivered heirloom pink climbing rose we have distribute all over southern Maine.  We acquired to propagate from wild vegetation located in close proximity to the seashores or cellar holes.

In each web page we learned how to amend the various local soils with community wastes.  In Bar Mills it was tons of chicken manure hauled from Blackie Dearborn’s henhouses.  At Cape Porpoise and Chebeague we trucked seaweed gathered off the beach locations.  Now out in Maplewood it is tons of leaves collected every tumble.

Every single website has previous apple trees pruned and restored and new types planted.  We have realized to graft, layer, and divide neighborhood vegetation. Now on the new old farm on Mountain Highway by Province Lake we focus on perennials and nurture acres of sugar maples, Fox grapes, and foraged fiddleheads.

We are discovering to sustain massive cotton, milkweed, and wild irises on our wetlands. We are surrounded with a history of cuttings from our previously gardens and adding new crops like elderberries just about every yr.  This calendar year is our initially for solar holes and llama poo: one thing outdated, a little something new, a thing shared, and a little something blueberries.


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