Our Seasonal Calendar

April

April

Compost is added to all plots and tilled in as soon as soil is dry enough. We buy 15 - 20 yards per year from We Compost It! in Portland, ME. Salad greens, carrots, beets, radishes, and peas are seeded outside, utilizing row-covers and mulches to protect tender young plants from temperature fluctuations and insect damage. Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, some flowers and herbs are started in a greenhouse, currently located at a nearby farm.
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May

May

Second round of salad greens and root crops seeded outside. Seedlings are potted up in the greenhouse. Summer and winter squash are seeded inside along with braising greens (chard and kale). Beds are prepped.  First mustards, Hakurei (salad) turnips, and early lettuces are harvested.
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June

We continue seeding salad greens and root crops every 1-3 weeks. We lay black plastic mulch and transplant tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. We transplant out braising greens and seed more inside. Parsnips, storage carrots, beets and beans are direct-seeded in garden beds. Weed control begins with weekly shallow cultivation between beds and hand weeding in beds. Drip irrigation and overhead sprinklers are used when needed. Cover crops are planted to help build soils and out-compete weeds.
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July

July

Harvesting picks up. We make regular deliveries to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (http://www.mchpp.org). Transplanting, direct seeding, and greenhouse seeding happen weekly. Fall brassicas are started indoors along with braising greens and lettuce heads. Crops are monitored for pests and disease, and the soils are frequently checked for moisture levels. Cover crops are incorporated in the soil.
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August

August

Harvesting, delivering, transplanting, and direct seeding of fall greens and root crops take center stage. Brassicas and braising greens are transplanted. Irrigation weeding, and pest control continue as needed. Beds are renovated and re-planted. Flowers are harvested to decorate dining facilities and events. Garlic is harvested for curing.
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September

Major harvests of tomatoes, peppers, winter squash, greens and root crops. Students and classes visit garden frequently. Cleared areas are cover cropped. First frost usually occurs around the 20th.

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October

Harvests continue until the end of the month, usually around Family Weekend. Seed garlic is planted and mulched. Crop residues are removed and composted. Soils are tested. Strawberries, blueberries, asparagus and perennial herbs and flowers are mulched. Stakes, twine, and row cover is organized and put away. Harvest suppers occur.
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November

Late season harvests of crops under protective covers taper off. Growing data collected, analyzed and presented. Evaluations performed. Planning for next season begins.
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December

Seed order and planting schedule finalized. Seed order placed. We buy most of our seeds from Maine companies FEDCO and Johnny’s. We order potting soil from Living Acres in New Sharon, ME.

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