Home & garden

  • Proper insulating keeps homes snug

    Proper insulating keeps homes snug

    On those frigid winter days when gusts pound the windows and the only song that comes to mind is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” the term “R value” can be provocative. In construction speak, R value is how well your insulating material — whether pink or yellow fiberglass batting, cellulose, rock wool or spray foam —

  • Brooklin Garden Club seeks grant applications

    BROOKLIN — Does your local nonprofit organization have a creative new idea, but needs extra money to make it fly? As part of its continuing community outreach program, the Brooklin Garden Club is currently accepting grant applications from local nonprofit organizations to fund new projects. The deadline for completed applications is Monday, May 2. For

  • Cooperative Extension offering Master Gardener training

    Cooperative Extension offering Master Gardener training

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now taking applications for its 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer training. The training will run on Friday mornings from Jan. 29 through mid-May. The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to prepare participants to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local

  • Cooperative Extension offering Master Gardener Volunteer training

    Cooperative Extension offering Master Gardener Volunteer training

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now taking applications for its 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer training. The training will run on Friday mornings from Jan. 29 through mid-May. The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to prepare participants to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local

  • How does your garden grow?

    How does your garden grow?

    ELLSWORTH — From retirees to 10-year-old Alida Hodgkins of Marlboro, gardeners and citizens of all ages took time to “smell the roses” during the 2015 growing season. The garden and backyard journalists recorded in words and visually their plantings, bird activity and other goings-on in during the growing season. Their diaries are now available for

  • Journal celebrates Maine’s native plants

    Journal celebrates Maine’s native plants

    Gardeners and other citizens who treasure Maine’s native flora will delight in Wild Seed: Returning Native Plants to the Maine Landscape. The Wild Seed Project, a Blue Hill-based, nonprofit group, publishes the newly launched annual journal. The 80-page publication’s contents include an in-depth piece about coastal Maine forests’ past and future by The Chewonki Foundation’s

  • Nature journal deadline approaching

    Nature journal deadline approaching

    ELLSWORTH — Earlier in the summer, the Ellsworth Garden Club launched a program to encourage “citizen scientists and gardeners” to keep a Backyard Kingdom Nature Journal over the 2015 growing season. The program’s purpose is to emphasize that everyone —whether they are caring for their own backyard, pots and hanging baskets or public plantings in

  • Blue Hill garden a beautiful refuge for birds and bees

    Blue Hill garden a beautiful refuge for birds and bees gallery

    BLUE HILL — Walking into Leslie Clapp and Blaise de Sibour’s backyard is like listening to a nature sounds app. Birds chirp, squawk and coo while bees and other winged things zoom about to gather nectar from endless varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes and ornamental grasses. The 10-acre property consumes Clapp, who is president