The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged garden

  • What's Blooming? Eastern Red Columbine

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 30, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Eastern red columbine is a great plant for the natural shade garden. Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and moths savor the nectar, and you can add its blossoms to your salad.

  • What's Blooming? Liatris and Bee Balm

    Ginger Laurits
    | July 25, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Pollinator heaven: The purples and pinks of bee balm and liatris.

  • What's Blooming? Elderberry!

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 20, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Elderberry is a pioneer species that is found in disturbed and open areas. It displays opposite branching, deeply cut green leaves, and creamy, flat-topped blossoms. Its berries are important food for birds.

  • Living on the Edge

    | September 19, 2015

    On the edge

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 9/20/2015, and Making It At Home newspaper.

    To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a man at a coastal research center during Maine Coast Week, all the world’s a coast.

  • Building a Hoop House

    | September 3, 2013

    We're setting the stage for growing vegetables throughout our Maine winter with the installation of a hoop house alongside our existing garden. Thanks to York County Master Gardeners for constructing it as part of our joint workshop series.

    Hoop house under construction during York County Master Gardener workshopThis hoop house is a modified Gothic-arch high-tunnel design oriented roughly east/west and is light weight and movable (a movable greenhouse allows soil to be restored by sun, rain, and deep-rooted cover crops). Row covers of translucent fabric, such as Agribon or Remay, will be laid over a wire armature to offer an additional layer of cold weather protection.

  • Spiffing Up for Summer

    | June 5, 2013

    Laboring on the edge of the gardenWe had a great crew of volunteers for our first Spring Spiff Up on the morning of May 18. Folks from near and far, some old friends and some new to the place, pitched in to dig ditches and dandelions, plant trees and flowers, and paint fences and bathroom walls. After a busy and beautiful few hours, many paused to help us dedicate the ecology center solar panels before venturing off. Some went home or off to lunch or on to chores, while others headed down to the beach or into the woods for a well deserved relax. We appreciate everyone's help and hope the day was as rewarding for you as it was for us.

  • All Seasons Garden Workshops in Wells

    | May 24, 2013 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, May 21, 2013 — York County Master Gardeners and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm are offering local gardeners several opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills around their home gardening through a series of workshops this summer at the new All Seasons Garden at the reserve.

    All Seasons Garden workshops begin with Sheet Mulching and Home Composting on May 30 and continue with Drip Irrigation on June 4, Yardscaping on June 19, and Four-Season Gardening on August 29. Each two-hour, hands-on workshop begins at 6pm and costs $7 ($5 for members of Laudholm Trust). A special noontime brown-bag talk on Three Sisters Gardening and Companion Planting will be offered June 12 for a $2 suggested donation. See wellsreserve.org/calendar for details and to register in advance for each evening workshop.

  • Plowing the Punkinfiddle Patch

    | May 20, 2010

    Rick Chase from Chase Farm in Wells brought Bud and Bill to plow the Punkinfiddle corn and pumpkin patch, which is doubling in size this year.

    Plowing the Punkinfiddle patch

  • Going native in your garden

    | March 8, 2008
    Laudholm Native Plant Sale pre-orders are now being accepted. Plan ahead and get your order in by May 2 (it's pre-order only again this year). We've added an online form to make it easy. Volunteers Pat Smith and Lynn Jourdan, who coordinate the sale, have put together a great list of 40 species native to Maine. Whether you have already started incorporating native plants into your landscape, here are Pat's……
  • Prepping the Punkinfiddle pumpkin patch

    | June 1, 2006
    Eight York County Master Gardeners did extensive work on the 3-year-old pumpkin patch today, preparing it for its fourth crop. The starts are ready to be planted. This year, we've got seeds from a 742-pound giant, so watch the patch to see how those grow. Lumina, Cinderella, and Sugar pie pumpkins …