Category Archives: Natural Resources

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the NG Fairgrounds

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds

The Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester has set up a demonstration garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road.

Plants that pollinators’ (various types of bees, butterflies, birds) love have been planted with trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. An emphasis was made to plant as many native plants as possible and more will be added at a later date. The plants bloom at various times to provide food most of the year for the pollinators.Those planted are deer and drought resistant, require minimal care and are readily available to purchase. No invasive plants were used.

Plants are labeled with their scientific name as well as their common name.

Initially a soil test was done to determine which organic amendments should be added to promote optimal growth of the plants. Since the garden is in front of the water district buildings to provide screening for the buildings, only organic compounds were considered. Lime was used last fall and soybean meal was used as a source of nitrogen when the individual plants were added in amounts specified by the soil test.

An additional part of the demonstration garden is to show which types of ground covers used under the mulch work most effectively in deterring regrowth of weeds. Five different types were used in different areas of the garden: cardboard, newspaper, landscape fabric, cotton sheets, and plain mulch.

Watch this garden grow and consider planting many of these same plants at your home.
New Gloucester Environmental Resource committee
8/13/16A bee in the pollinator gardenJuly 10, 2016 NG pollinator garden

Ticks

TICKS

The Environmental Resources Committee has a display in the New Gloucester Library for the month of June on ticks. Information on identification of both dog and deer ticks and the diseases they carry, photos of infected bites, the best way to avoid bites , and effective repellents are displayed.

Free handouts of spoons for removal of ticks, wallet size identifications cards and other information are available to take.

Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester
6/12/16

SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 7 AT 7PM
AT THE LIBRARY

The Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester is sponsoring a lecture by Griffin Dill , IMP Professional at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. He will speak on ticks and mosquitoes, stressing identification and prevention, on Tuesday June 7 at the New Gloucester Library a 7 pm.

Handouts will be available to aid in identification of deer ticks and wood ticks.

The Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester will also have a display about ticks at the library during the month of June .

GOT PESTS??? OUT SMART THEM !!!

GOT PESTS ???
OUT SMART THEM!!!

Learn how to identify pests and diseases and then treat them organically.

The New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee has a display at the library for the month of April that provides information and handouts on identification and organic treatments of various pests and diseases, some of which can be made at home from everyday products.

A few web sites to visit for further information:

www.gotpests.org

www.extension.umaine.edu/ipm

www.yardscaping.org

At the end of April there will be a drawing for one of several items on display. Enter you name and phone number in the wooden box in front of the display.

New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee

4/18/16

Explore the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery on March 17

The Rain or Shine Club, sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust, explores local areas of interest with a concise, thoughtful outing each week. Join the club for a fun, no-cost guided adventure every Thursday, always at 10 a.m., held rain or shine. On Thursday, March 17, join the group for a study of brown trout at the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery located at 312 Fish Hatchery Road, off Route 100.

The Rain or Shine Club is geared toward young families. Load your babies in backpacks or come toddle along. Everyone from infants to grandparents are welcome. Organizers keep the group together so everyone enjoys their trip into the wild knowing there’s a safe return as part of the plan. Call Kyle Warren for more information at 632-6112.

 

Reduce Food Waste: There Is A Free APP For That!!!

Reduce Food Waste: There Is A Free APP For That !!!

Americans waste 133 BILLION pounds of food annually or 31 % of the total food supply. Besides driving up consumers’ food costs and missing an opportunity to feed the hungry, much of that wasted food winds up in landfills where it produces methane and contributes to green house gases. In New Gloucester, wasted food winds up in the trash compacter thus increasing the amount of tipping fees the town (and residents) pay for disposal.

To help consumers decide whether food is still safe to eat, the USDA, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute introduced an APP called FoodKeeper. The free APP offers storage advice about more than 400 foods and beverages items. It is easy to use.

It is available for the iPad and iPhone at the app store for Apple (iTunes.apple.com) and for Android (play.google.com/store/apps) as well as on line (www.foodsafety.gov/keep/foodkeeperapp).

Headings include:
Keep food safe
Recalls and Alerts
Food Poisoning
Report a Problem
Ask the Expert
There are numerous subtitles under these headings.

You can also sign up for updates to the site.

Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester
12/14/2015

Ants in Your Garden?-Good or Bad?

Ants in your Garden: Good or Bad?

Have you noticed many ant colonies in your garden this Spring and summer especially in areas without vegetation? Should you do something about them? Maybe.

Life cycles of ants range from 2-3 months depending on soil temperature.
From mid October to mid May, they hibernate in burrows deep below the
nest mound. This is why you do not see any right now.

As temperatures increase in Spring, colonies become active building up the mound and removing vegetation from the surface. Because there is no vegetation on the mound, we notice them. The mounds act as solariums to capture heat in early Spring for incubating the brood. Research has shown that colonies in shaded areas have a low probability of survival..

Small white elliptical eggs are found within the mound around mid June.
Eggs hatch in 2-4 weeks revealing white legless larvae which are completely dependent upon foraging workers for food and survival.

Workers collect a variety of small insects such as aphids, caterpillars, leaf hoppers, grasshoppers, flies as well as dead vertebrates, seeds, small seedlings.

Beneficial aspects of Ants:
They move approximately the same amount of soil as worms, loosening the soil in the process and increasing air and water movement into the ground. They keep the ecosystem clean of insect carcasses and aid in the destruction of plant and animal matter. By carrying this matter into their nests, the soil is fertilized and nutrients are recycled through the ecosystem.

Harmful aspects of Ants: Too many mounds so that desired young vegetation and seeds are destroyed

It is preferable to control the ants verses killing them.
Organic methods
Especially during periods of wet Spring weather, wash the mound with a stream of water from the garden hose. You may have to do this several days in a row. The ants will relocate.

Ants are repelled by strong smells and acidy plant substances so will relocate. Mix lemon, hot peppers or garlic with water in a blender and then apply the solution as a spray or drench around where the mounds are. A few ants will be killed but the rest will relocate.

The ant trail can also be disrupted using a spray of soap and water or garlic and water or peppermint and water. This confuses the ants.

Eliminate honey dew insects (aphids, mealy bugs, scale) since ants farm them for the honeydew they secrete.

Other organic methods to use as a last resort but will kill the ants:

Sprinkle baking soda around the mounds as it is poisonous to ants . They take it back to the nest and die.

This is also true with spreading diatomaceous earth around the mound.

Pour 3 gallons of boiling water into the nest each day for several days in a row mid morning when ants are most active.

Environment Resources Committee of New Gloucester 11/3/15

Harvest in the Hood Sat. Oct. 17 Noon to 3pm

Celebrate Soil!

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

One of the objectives of this initiative is to educate the public about the importance of soil, and we have a number of opportunities to do just that!

Please join us at one of the upcoming community events to learn about healthy soil for your lawn, garden, family, and health.

Soil is where food begins, is teaming with life, and provides the foundation for our playgrounds, forests, meadows, and marshes.

“The promotion of sustainable soil and land management is central to ensuring a productive food system, improved rural livelihoods, and a healthy environment.”

Harvest in the HOOD
SATURDAY, OCT. 17, NOON – 3 PM
ROSEMONT NEIGHBORHOOD, PORTLAND

Rosemont Market and the Rosemont Neighborhood Association are coordinating the 3rd annual Harvest in the Hood, a good old fashioned neighborhood block party to celebrate autumn, local business, and community.

Enjoy live music, local food, kids’ activities, and much more with your friends and neighbors.

The District will be on hand to talk about building healthy soil to grow a healthy lawn. Stop by to say hello!

“The nation that destroys its soil,
destroys itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Assist and educate the public to promote stewardship of soil and water resourcinfo@cumberlandswcd.org | www.cumberlandswcd.org
35 Main Street, Suite 3
Windham, ME 04062
p: 207.892.4700 | f: 207.892.4773

Fowarded by the New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee 10/13/15