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stash - Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 6:12 P
Anyone Growing Bamboo?
Not bamboo. KNOTWEED. You don't want any of that crap. Can't kill the stuff.
 
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stash - Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 4:57 P
Anyone Growing Bamboo?
Come over my place. Take all you want. I'll even supply the shovel...
 
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RickR - Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 12:24 P
Anyone Growing Bamboo?
I want to try growing bamboo in our yard garden and wonder if anyone has experience growing bamboo in Montague. Let me know and let's chat.

Rick
 
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stash - Tue, Jul 15, 2014, 9:44 A
Groundhog?
That works as well. But the pepper is less intoxicating- :-) I live in the woods so I can get away with watering. I do the area around my feeders to keep the squirrels off. Not sure I'd try it in town though..
 
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Mark1 - Tue, Jul 15, 2014, 9:34 A
Groundhog?
Used to happen to me and then I tried this old trick: drink a couple of beers. When the urge to purge is strong, go "water the garden." It's easy, it's natural, it works, plus you get to drink beer.

Mark1
 
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stash - Tue, Jul 15, 2014, 8:18 A
Groundhog?
Try sprinkling cayenne pepper on the plants. Worked for us with all nibblers. We even do it with our seeds before we cover them. Keeps the squirrels from digging them up. Won't effect the produce either. Also when you plant flower bulbs as well.. I buy it in the jumbo size on line.
 
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JanetMasucci - Tue, Jul 15, 2014, 8:00 A
Groundhog?
The animal control officer told me it is illegal to relocate them. coyote urine from the farmers supply did the trick.
 
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Bentley - Tue, Jul 15, 2014, 7:22 A
Groundhog?
Vinny,

We have had our issues with the groundhog using our gardens as their cafeteria. We use a live catch Hava-a-heart type trap and then relocate them 7 or 8 miles away. Contact me if you need some help.
bhchappell3@gmail.com
 
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vnatale - Mon, Jul 14, 2014, 8:04 P
Groundhog?
Last year a groundhog ate all my broccoli and brussels sprouts. This year it is eating them
day by day.

Anyone have any success dealing with a groundhog? I thought playing a radio in my garden might keep it away but I was told that probably will not work.

Thanks

Vinny
 
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LLani - Tue, Sep 24, 2013, 5:14 P
Broadfork offering permaculture garden services today!
Need more garden in your life? Fall is is really the best time to put in a garden for next year.
My business has a few more open slots.

Check out our webpage:
http://broadfork.coop/

Mission

We share knowledge, skill, and passion with our clients, empowering them to build and maintain annual and perennial gardens.

Through this work, we move our communities towards greater self-reliance and our world toward cultural repair.


Services
We work with you to re-claim, restore, or create a vegetable or perennial garden that feeds your body and nourishes your soul.
Regardless of the size of the job, we focus on listening to your individual vision for your property. We ground our design recommendations in your personal goals and a thorough assessment of your property's natural habitat - soil type, sunlight availability, surrounding ecosystem, etc.
Based in Montague, MA, we work throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties.

Reasonable Rates.
Thanks
 
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JeffSingleton - Sun, Jun 30, 2013, 1:02 P
The Weather
I don't usually post or even talk much about "the weather" but here is an interesting article on all the rain we have been getting. Good map of the "moist flow."

http://www.wundergro...tern-states-20130627
 
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Conor - Wed, Sep 12, 2012, 5:20 P
Apples and Pears to Cider
This was a bad apple year, but, we have some pears and some apples to grind and press this Sunday at 11 am at 181 Meadow Road in Montague Center. Meadow Road is very close to the Book Mill. 181 Meadow is directly across from Red Fire Farm down a long driveway. You will know you are in the right place if you see two solar panels in a farm field and an antique tractor adjacent to the driveway.

Bring your apples or just come to watch, to meet new people and to taste. Everyone gets a taste! I will be picking my small supply of apples off my trees (Just a couple of dozen).

This will be a mini potluck; so bring a few snacks to keep you going. We will have a wood barbecue going and the last of my tomatoes from the garden.

It is beautiful here now. If you like farms, fields and good people, please stop by.

Conor
 
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Conor - Wed, Sep 12, 2012, 2:53 P
Affordable Farms - Montague Project
We are always seeking volunteers to this and other projects in town. This project had 5 volunteers and we had a beautiful night at the Strawberry Soiree.

Maybe next year you will join us.

Conor
 
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Conor - Sat, Sep 8, 2012, 5:56 P
Apples to Cider
This past winter I rebuilt a antique cider press and constructed a grinder. So if you have any apples that you would like to turn to cider, please let me know.

Conor Send me an email to conorpower - at - msn - dot - com
 
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MontagueCenterMan - Mon, Jun 25, 2012, 11:01 A
Affordable Farms - Montague Project
are you still seeking volunteers?
 
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Conor - Thu, May 31, 2012, 4:17 P
Affordable Farms - Montague Project
Dear Friends:

Please give this a careful read.

You may not be aware that the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust was responsible for enabling Red Fire Farm to move back to Montague thus ensuring that 122 acres would remain as farmland for the future.

Now Mount Grace is launching a project to make farms and farming affordable for future farmers. A series of activities centered at Red Fire Farm are planned to highlight Mount Grace's work beginning with the Strawberry Soiree dinner on June 16 which will be served right in the strawberry patch on Meadow Road. We hope you will be able to attend as all proceeds will benefit the affordable farms project.

More importantly we need some light volunteer work to make these Montague activities happen; you will not have to spend a lot of time. If you have a few hours to spend and would like to help with future Red Fire events to benefit Mount Grace, please plan to attend an initial meeting of volunteers on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00 pm. We will meet at 181 Meadow Road in Montague Center, which is directly across from Red Fire farm. Signs on Meadow Road will be posted to let you know where the meeting will take place.

This will be a simple easy way to give back to our town. I hope you will be able to attend.

Conor
 
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Conor - Thu, May 31, 2012, 4:15 P
Red Fire Farm Tour
Hi Michelle,

Yes we do!! Check out the most recent post for a new event at Red Fire Farm.
 
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NatureLady - Thu, May 17, 2012, 10:15 P
Plant and Garden Book Sale
The Leverett Historical Society is having its annual fundraiser
Plant and Garden Book Sale
on Sat. May 26 9-Noon

BUT we still NEED plants and garden books to be donated!

Labelled Plants can be dropped off behind the Lev. Town Hall anytime this week.
Garden books can be dropped off at the Lev. Libary entryway anytime also. (there is a box labelled "Book Sale").

Then put the date on your calendar and come by to support the Historic Society and this year the Leverett Elementary School greenhouse project!

For more info., contact Dawn 367-9562
 
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LLani - Tue, Mar 27, 2012, 6:10 P
Free intro to permaculture Talk
Free Intro to Fermaculture Lecture
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Pelham Library Pelham MA

Interested in having a garden this year?
Heard all this talk about Permaculture? Not sure what it is? Not sure where to start?

Come learn the basics of permaculture!!
It is an idea, a movement, and a gardening strategy that focuses on creating gardens with whole systems thinking in mind. Learn about what we see when we come to your house and how we apply the designers process to your land.

This event is hosted by Llani Davidson resident of Montague and founder of Gardens for Change, a consultation service focused on permalculture design, edible landscaping and backyard food production now in its 4th year of operation.
She has over 10 years of gardening experience working first with organic CSA farms and then veering off into smaller scale permaculture models. She teaches classes and workshops
and works one on one with clients teaching them about best permaculture practices in their back yard.

Please invite others who might be interested.
Cant make it but interested? Check out my web page at www.localgardensforchange.com
 
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mlkj21 - Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 2:55 P
Red Fire Farm Tour
Hi Conor, My name is Michelle. I just moved to Montague a few weeks ago. I see that this event was a while ago but I just thought I would see if there's any other community events going on that you know of. I have been work trading on different organic farms for the past couple years and decided I'd like to settle down for a little bit. I was able to get some beautiful veggies from the Old Depot farm stand before they closed up. I'm hoping to meet like minded folks and get involved with fun things.
Hope to hear from you soon ,

Michelle
 
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Conor - Fri, Nov 4, 2011, 2:28 P
Jerusalem Artichokes
If anyone would like some free Jerusalem Artichokes for seed or eating, please let me know by November 8. They are easy to grow, are bug free, and require no care. They tend to spread but are easily controlled.
 
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Conor - Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 12:26 P
Cider Making Day at the Montague Center Grange
Cider Making Day at the Montague Center Grange

Sunday, September 18 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will press some apples!! so bring your falls and have a ball.

Contact: Jeanne at 367-nine nine two three for more information.
 
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Conor - Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 12:50 P
Red Fire Farm Tour
Hi Everyone:

As you may know, Red Fire Farm, an organic CSA, has moved to Montague and now has 105 acres in Farmland. Come with us to celebrate this event as the farm is a great addition to our town.

If you are around Sunday from 2 to 4 pm and would like a tour of Red Fire Farm on the tractor wagon, stop by our house at 181 Meadow Road in Montague. I will have healthy refreshments and drinks for you. You will really enjoy the beautiful fields and plants.

Of course you will have to listen to a short presentation by the Mount Grace Land Trust which made possible the farm purchase by Sara and Ryan Voiland. Then we can party!!

Conor
 
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ChrisP - Sat, May 28, 2011, 4:19 P
Tomato plants
Does anyone need tomato plants? I have extras that I started from seed - mostly Amish paste tomatoes. They have been in the cold frame and are ready to plant. Contact me off list at cspellerin@comcast.net.
 
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LLani - Sun, Dec 12, 2010, 6:16 P
Garden Helper
Hey all
I just moved to Montague on October 1st and recently found this site! I wanted to offer my services to anyone who is interested. I run my own backyard garden business called gardens for change. I have a permacuture focus. What I mostly do is help new growers get set up who want to go from lawn to food but aren't sure where to begin. I usually do a free consultation and then a lot of grunt work including delivering loads of manure setting up beds. making planting charts, talking of companion planting etc. . If you know anyone who is excited about backyard gardens but needs a little help/encouragement getting started send them my way. Check out my web site at localgardensforchange,com.
Cheers to growing our own food!
 
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