Midcoast Green Collaborative Forum

January 23, 2009

Request for naming help.

Filed under: Conversation, Question — Tags: , , — Topher @ 12:48 pm

One of the initiatives that the Midcoast Green Collaborative is working on is promoting the idea of growing your own vegetables (in summer and even in winter, under some protection). There are people in Maine who are growing all their own food, all year round, eating fresh greens from the garden in January.

We are looking for a catchy name for this practice, akin to the Victory Gardens during World War II.

Anyone have any suggestions?

October 6, 2008

Sustainability Post #35 – Apples.

Filed under: Conversation, Question — Tags: , , — Topher @ 12:05 pm

Yesterday, Some of the family came over, and we picked apples.  About 60 gallons of apples, this all off of one tree.  This is a large 150ish year old apple tree that sits up by the road, and it is the first tree labeled (“A”).  I extracted it from a overgrowth of Japanese arrowroot, and B has been pruning it for the last couple years.  We had it checked, and it appears to be a Baldwin, we call him Alec.

We then proceeded to make apple pie (1), apple sauce (13 pints), dried apples (1 bag), J (sister) took about half of the haul away with her, and there are still TONS left.  There are still a number of trees we haven’t even gotten to yet.  Anyone have suggestions for what to do with apples?  (No root cellar yet).

June 22, 2008

Sustainability Post #21 — Garbage Disposals

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , — Topher @ 10:48 am

Garbage disposals waste water, energy, composting resources, and most importantly space in you septic tank, and leach field or municipal sewer system. The price for a new leach field is thousands of dollars, and require digging up a (new) section of your lawn. Garbage disposal might reduce the useful life of a leach field by half. Get a compost bucket for the kitchen instead. I have friends in the city who export their compost bucket to friends who have a compost pile (or use one of these composters.)

May 27, 2008

Sustainability Post #13 — The downsides of mulch

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: — Topher @ 8:13 pm

It’s springtime and a young gardeners thoughts turn to mulch. Or so it seems. Landscape design currently seems to think that a garden is a tree or a couple of bushes, maybe some stones, surrounded by an ocean of mulch. Often 6-10″ in thickness.

Trouble is, mulch gives off CO2 as it decomposes. When stacked next to a tree it lets damaging organisms get next to the vulnerable lower bark sections of trees (causing rot). And it keeps plants from growing. You know plants, those things which make a garden beautiful, fragrant, a home for wildlife (and incidentally sequester carbon).

— Topher

May 19, 2008

Sustainability Post #7 — Winter harvest

Filed under: Information — Tags: , — Topher @ 10:02 pm

Living in Maine in the winter it is easy to get the impression that when winter comes everything dies, and that eating locally is a thing of canning and freezing.

Not so. Elliot Coleman who lives in Northport, eats fresh greens out of his garden every day of the year. And no he doesn’t have a heated greenhouse, just a plastic covered greenhouse frame and another cover for the plants.

You can read all about it in The Four Season Harvest

— Topher

May 14, 2008

Sustainablity Post #2

Filed under: Conversation — Tags: , — Topher @ 9:42 pm

Bees. Last year there was a problem with the bees in this country, where a large number of hives were dieing out, and no one knew why. Quite apart from that diseases and parasites have been on the rise for some time. Any plan for sustained living by humans on this planet, includes having honey bees.

Two of my friends independently started beekeeping this spring. They both decided to use an ancient type of hive (from Greece around 1000 years ago) called a top bar hive, and more organic methods rather than the more commercial, chemical, and poison laden methods. They pointed me to more information at http://biobees.com and http://bushfarms.com

I hope that by next spring I can have a top bar hive built and get myself some bees.

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