Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

Jock Robie, Worm Composting - Part 2

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Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities invites you to join us on Wednesday, August 2nd, when Jock Robie, The Worm Guy, will be returning to demonstrate his system of harvesting a worm bin. Jock was our guest speaker in April of this year teaching us how to set up a successful worm bin. That evening, ten gardeners won a worm composting system complete with worms. Fifteen weeks later, these bins are now ready to be harvested and the worm castings ready to be used in their gardens. Worm bin winners from our April meeting should bring their bins. In addition, all interested in learning about that gardening term you have been hearing about – vermiculture – should attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from both Jock and other gardeners. The demonstration on the 2nd will be held at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of South Paris. Please join us!  

Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities invites you to join us on Wednesday, August 2nd, when Jock Robie, The Worm Guy, will be returning to demonstrate his system of harvesting a worm bin. Jock was our guest speaker in April of this year teaching us how to set up a successful worm bin. That evening, ten gardeners won a worm composting system complete with worms. Fifteen weeks later, these bins are now ready to be harvested and the worm castings ready to be used in their gardens. Worm bin winners from our April meeting should bring their bins. In addition, all interested in learning about that gardening term you have been hearing about – vermiculture – should attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from both Jock and other gardeners. The demonstration on the 2nd will be held at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of South Paris. Please join us!

 

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A Dinner and Talk by Jock Robie, founder of MAINELY WORM BINS
Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

A Dinner and Talk by Jock Robie, founder of MAINELY WORM BINS

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Let Worms Eat Your Garbage!

Join Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities for a potluck dinner and presentation by Jock Robie, founder of Mainely Worm Bins. Worm composting, or vermiculture, makes the world a better place by keeping food scraps out of the solid-waste system and producing a fertilizer for all plants, inside and out. Mr. Robie has eight years of practical experience with worm bins (now a worm farm) and likes to share this experience with those interested in composting with worms.

Cost:  $10; please pre-register by emailing:   gghc.maine@gmail.com  

Mr. Robie will address why it's important to build a worm bin and what to consider before doing so. He will demonstrate:

  • How to set up a worm bin
  • How and what to feed the worms
  • How to maintain a worm bin in order to control moisture, odor and insect pests
  • How to harvest worms and worm castings 
  • How to use worm castings
  • How to make and use aerated worm tea from the castings

After the presentation, there will be a drawing for a door prize - a worm bin with worms to take home that evening.

Mr. Robie will also provide further coaching by email and phone to answer any questions "willing worm workers" may have. As a follow up to this lecture, GGHC will schedule a "First Harvest" during the summer with Mr. Robie at our beautiful garden at 197 Park Street, South Paris, Maine. He will bring harvesting equipment and demonstrate the harvest. His goal is for all worm workers to be successful!

Suggested Reading:  "Worms Eat My Garbage" by Mary Arlene Appelhof

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A Dinner and Talk by Reeser Manley, Author of THE LIFE IN YOUR GARDEN
Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

A Dinner and Talk by Reeser Manley, Author of THE LIFE IN YOUR GARDEN

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Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Beetles, Oh My!

We all have heard about the plight of the pollinators.  It is easy to become discouraged and feel nothing can be done.  Not so!  Come join Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities and learn about the fascinating world of pollinators and what you can do to protect these important insects.

Cost: $10; please pre-register by emailing:   gghc.maine@gmail.com 

 

The Life in Your Garden is a must-read call to action for gardeners concerned about Earth’s biodiversity crisis.  Horticulturists Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto describe how to create gardens that will help stem the tide of species extinctions among insects, birds, amphibians, and other endangered creatures.  The authors recommend ecologically-functional plants - native trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals - that will nurture a wide variety of garden wildlife.  And they present numerous examples of insect-garden interactions to demonstrate that a garden can and should be a stable, self-regulated ecosystem in which insect herbivores are held in check by their predators.

REESER MANLEY has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state (while earning a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science), Massachusetts, and, for the last 15 years, in Maine. From 2007 through 2015, he wrote about the garden in a weekly column for the Bangor Daily News. He taught courses in horticulture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Maine, Orono. In 2013 he retired from teaching chemistry and physics at a small high school on the coast of Maine to devote his time to gardening and garden writing.

MARJORIE PERONTO, a professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been teaching courses in fruit and vegetable gardening, ecological landscaping, and pruning for 26 years. She is a resource among her colleagues on native and invasive plants of the Northeast. Marjorie oversees Downeast Maines Master Gardener Volunteers Program, training individuals to conduct community outreach projects that promote sustainable gardening and food security. She has developed nationally recognized school gardening courses for teachers. 

 

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