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Farmer & Gardener Workshop on Nutrient Management for High Tunnels

Oct 24, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, at Sheepscot General Farm and Store

Photo courtesy of Knox-Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District

On Thursday, October 24 from 5-7 pm, Bruce Hoskins, UMaine Soil Testing Program Coordinator, will discuss high tunnel soil testing at the University of Maine and how the lab addresses the specialized management concerns of this unique growing environment. High tunnels provide many benefits in terms of heat gain, season extension and control of foliar diseases, but these covered growing spaces also provide challenges for managing soil nutrients. The increased temperatures inside the high tunnel and the need for water to be supplied only by irrigation creates what is essentially an irrigated desert, which over time leads to nutrient salt build up and soil stratification. Hoskins will discuss how to manage nutrient inputs to compensate for these conditions and the much greater nutrient demand on these soils.

This free talk, co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance will be held on October 24 from 5-7pm at Sheepscot General Farm and Store, 98 Town House Rd in Whitefield. FMI and to register, contact , call 596-2040 or visit www.knox-lincoln.org/farmer-gardener.

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