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Pallets are popular for making compost bins easily and for other uses in and around the garden, but be sure the pallets you use aren’t contaminated with insecticides, fungicides or other chemicals.

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Nan’s tips were at the Waldo Organic Growers’ booth at the Common Ground Country Fair.
• Pennsylvania Dutch Buttery Popcorn – I hang bunches of ears from our rafters after harvest but then strip the kernels from the ears and store them in jars. Popcorn can become too dry to pop. When that happens, I put an apple core in the jar to rehydrate the kernels.

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Vermicompost – compost produced by earthworms – stimulates microbial activity, and these microbes produce plant growth hormones, growth regulators and available nutrients.

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Stable flies create stress and discomfort for the animals whose blood forms their diet. Traditional insecticides have had limited success against this pest.

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If you would like Central Maine Power to consult with you before it has trees pruned near your home or business, you can submit an electronic form or write to the company.

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When selling eggs in Maine, the size and grade of the eggs, the name and address of the packer and the statement that refrigeration is required must be on the egg carton or label.

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Giving seeds as wedding guest gifts.

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This tip submitted by Beedy Parker of Camden extols the virtues of dried apples.

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Dairy cows that produce USDA-certified organic milk also produce manure that may gradually replenish soil nutrients and potentially reduce the flow of agricultural pollutants to nearby water sources, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and colleagues.

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Poultry infected with the parasite Eimeria maxima usually develop avian coccidiosis, a disease estimated to cost producers globally more than $1.2 billion each year. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that chickens that consumed ground green tea for two weeks before parasitic infection produced significantly fewer fecal E. maxima oocysts than the control group.

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Due to weather conditions last summer, writer/farmer Gene Logsdon was unable to cultivate his corn, so crabgrass became established. Later he sowed and disked in red clover - inadvertently helping the crabgrass become even better established.

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This might be a good time to consider recycling scrap metal that's sitting around on your farm, according to Extension News.

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Each year, 132 American farm workers are crushed to death as tractors overturn on them. Nearly all such fatalities could be prevented by the presence of a Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) on every tractor.

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Recently the Agricultural Health Nurse Program received two separate reports of farm workers who were injured while attempting to drill holes into sealed plow frames in order to mount a hitch or “slow-moving vehicle” sign. These workers received serious skin burns and other injuries when the drill bits penetrated the frames, releasing and igniting flammable gases.

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Metal gasoline containers – cans and tanks – should never be filled while inside a plastic bed liner on a pickup. The action of pumping gasoline into a metal container builds up a static electrical charge. Without proper grounding, the charge has “nowhere to go,” so it continues to build – to the point where it can “jump the gap” between the can and the fuel filler nozzle.

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• Plant-Rich Diet Boosts Immunity
• Down Those Veggies With Tea
• OMRI Publishes Organic Materials List
• Cover Crops, Strip Tillage Build Soil
• Time to Prune?
• Potato Vine Silage Good for Cattle
• Conserve the Historical Farm Turkey
• Help with Pests
• New Varieties of Small Fruit
• Weeding Asparagus
• Welsh Onions Extend the Harvest
• Keep Cooking with Garlic
• Companion Planting Ideas
• Watch Out Washington: A New Use for Paper Shredders

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• Keeping Birds Away from Grapes
• Stretch the Garden Season
• What to Do With Waste Wool

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