Farm & Garden

Native Plant Sale in Galena

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) will host a Native Plant Sale on Sunday September 26, 2010 from noon to 4 p.m. Whether you are an easement owner looking to engage in restoration or an interested gardener who wants to add some natives to the garden, there are plenty of fall plants for you to choose from!  This sale will be held at ESLC's Galena Office, located at 100 S. Main Street in downtown Galena.  Call ESLC’s main office at 410.827.9756  for more detail!

Come ready to buy plants and get some gardening advice. Laura Sanford, an ESLC staffer and owner of Native Daughter nursery in Centreville will be on hand to answer questions. All proceeds to benefit the efforts of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy


Murphy's Law of Summer Gardens

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Almost every Spring I succumb to the allure of Earth, warmth and bounty. I buy endless seeds and plants, I dig beds, fertilize, and plan. I'm always so proud when the sprouts poke through the earth, announcing the plentiful abundance of things to come.

From there things go downhill for me. Some years, I don't transplant quickly enough, and the sprouts crumple like ice cream on a hot sidewalk. Other times I manage to transplant - but weather or birds quickly destroy my fledgling sprouts. Sometimes they just flatly refuse to grow (other times I forget they need regular watering - SHHH!).

This year I knew the deer and rabbits would attack my garden like hungry children after a birthday cake. I delayed my planting until we had installed a protective fence around the majority of my garden. I replanted my seedlings, added more fertilizer and watered every morning. Finally - I was going to have a bumper crop!!! I'd planted enough tomatoes and peppers to ensure we'd have salsa all year thru! (I lost a few plants to the construction workers, who dumped a load of dirt on them!)

And then I recalled that my husband ALWAYS refers to my spring planting frenzy as "the annual immediately to the gardening gods".  First, my lovely tomatoes are all ROTTEN on the bottom. (I'm told I watered a bit TOO frequently). No problem - I'll stop watering everyday - and the REST of the tomatoes will be wonderful!

Educators can receive free booklets to teach about the soy bean!

Maryland Soybean Board promotes Soybean Booklet at National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Just the beginning-The life of a young sprout, a 12-page educational and activity booklet published by the Maryland Soybean Board and created and designed by Laser Letters, Inc. of Easton recently debuted at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Baltimore, MD. The booklet’s purpose is to teach Maryland’s fourth through sixth grade students a few things about the important role soybeans play in our lives.

The booklet includes information about the history of the soybean, how and where it grows, how it’s utilized and what foods and products include soybeans. Readers keep engaged with activities that include a crossword puzzle, word search, coloring page and a “Shake-It-Up” soy ice cream recipe.

The engaging and informational booklet is published with funds provided by the national soybean checkoff program. Agri-Media Services and Laser Letters, Inc., both of Easton, Maryland, collaborated on the project.  Booklets are available free of charge to Maryland educators working with fourth through sixth grade students to promote agriculture and natural resource education.

For more information, contact Amy Steward at 410-829-0436 or email asteward@goeaston.net.

The Business of Alpaca – Outstanding Dreams’ Farm

Like many of us,  Phil and Vicki Liske wanted a way to make money while enjoying life!  Their dream was to find an enterprise they both enjoyed (and could enjoy together) that was both profitable and low risk.   Phil’s an avid animal lover with a long history of unusual pets  - including goats, snakes and skunks! Vicki enjoys a variety of crafts and sharing her skills with others.  After quite a bit of research they decided an Alpaca Farm would meet all their criteria.

“Our primary goal,” explains Phil, “was that the business be PROFITABLE!  We did NOT want a “Hobby Farm”. We were both excited to learn that Alpacas are highly profitable, with several income sources! “  After researching and learning all they could – Outstanding Dreams’ Farm in Preston, MD was born! Now they’re helping others start their own alpaca business!

Profitability of Alpacas

Every winter your Alpaca will grow a sought after luxurious fleece, just waiting to be shorn, used and sold! Annual fiber yields vary from about five pounds from a single female to a about thirteen pounds from a larger male!

  • Breed and sell your quality alpacas! Although gestation period is just under a year, these cria are worth waiting for! Not only adorable, they often sell for as much - or more - than was paid for the parent!

Where to Pick Strawberries on the Eastern Shore

Your Guide to finding the best berries in Maryland and Delaware!

It’s Strawberry Season – and the ruby beauties are early – and abundant this year! Get thee (and thy entire family – many hands make light work) to your nearby pick-your-own farm and enjoy the fruits of the season! 

Don’t know what to do with your abundance of berries? You can clean them then flash freeze on a cookie sheet.  The next day put all your beauties in a freezer bag to enjoy throughout the year!


Caroline County

  • Blades Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, 4822 Preston Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632. Phone: 4107548857. Fax: 4106731986. Email: bladesorchard@bladesorchard.com.
  • Frase Farm - strawberries
    Corner of Kraft & Friendship Road, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7249. Alternate phone: 410-673-1598.
  • Wing's Landing Farm - strawberries
    6300 Bell Creek Road, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7238 (recording). Alternate phone: 410-673-7749. 

Cecil County

  ·  Walnut Springs Farm - asparagus, blueberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, sweet cherries, picnic area, petting zoo, playground available.
3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-3451. Email us at: info@strawberryfarm.com.


Adkins Arboretum’s native plant nursery opening weekend sale will be Sat. and Sun., May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center in Ridgely, Md. Come early for the best selection of plants. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native flora. Following the sale weekend, the Arboretum nursery will be open to the public during the growing season, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Plants for sale will include a broad selection of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, vines and grasses for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors.

The Arboretum is participating in Maryland DNR’s special native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount.

Downtown Dentons Farmers Market

                            Wednesdays  April 14th - October 13th

                             3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Courthouse Green, 100 Block of Market Street

Find farm-fresh local produce at Downtown Denton’s Farmers’ Market every Wednesday!  There will be live music every 3rd Wednesday.  FREE!  Contact: (410) 479-4315

Cecil County Farmers Market at Elkton

Corner Howard and Bow Streets at the Pavilion
Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. April 3 - October 30
Contact: Joanne Young 410-996-8469
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Growing Your Own

By Elizabeth Beggins

Last year, as people grew frightened of their peanut butter, and recession gripped the nation, thousands of Americans made the decision to get back to basics by growing their own food.  Seed companies were inundated with orders from enthusiasts ready to get their hands dirty in their new, or newly expanded, backyard gardens.  Perhaps you were among them?  Or maybe you only got as far as your good intentions.  Those new to vegetable gardening are often daunted by the perceived magnitude of what lies before them when, in fact, vegetable gardening is actually quite simple.  That is, if you remember a few important truths. 

First:  Most vegetable plants need at least six hours of full sun a day.  If you don't have a single location which offers that, consider several smaller sites. Interspersing your landscaped areas with edible plants can create suitable growing spaces, as can planting in containers.  Different kinds of plants prefer varying levels of light.  Summer crops, like tomatoes and squash, prefer more sunlight, but others, such as leafy greens and certain beans, are more shade tolerant.

Farmers' Market in Grasonville Seeks Vendors

Domnic's Farm in Grasonville would like to do a farmer's market every Saturday and Wednesday and we are currently looking for venders that can provide; fruit, jellies, jams, bread, meat, egs, baked goods, flowers, herbs, soaps, lotions dairy, eggs, crafts, honey, plants, open to suggestions.
The farm is in a good central location and the more vendors and variety the more we can provide an essential service to our county. 
Please have anyone you know call or email Kathy.  301-674-3616 or rriverranch@yahoo.com

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