March 20, 2018
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Crab apple trees for Vose Library in Union

Courtesy of Vose Library
Courtesy of Vose Library
George Fowler (left) and Jamie Metcalfe donated time and materials to plant crab apple trees on the Vose Library grounds in Union. Four flowering crab apple trees were planted Oct. 17 in what became a community effort. The library's landscape adviser, Sherry Cobb, arranged for a donation of the trees through Maine Forest Service's Project Canopy from Dutton's Greenhouse and Nursery in Morrill, which was going out of business. The trees were transported to the library by the town of Union, along with deciduous trees which were planted on the Common. Metcalfe of Union Stone dug holes with his excavator and brought gravel to lighten the clay soil. Compost donated by Fowler of Union and peat moss donated by Union Agway further enriched the soil. After Metcalfe and Fowler had planted the trees, Fowler pruned them. The bare soil was covered with bark mulch donated by Herb and Vicki Harriman of Come Spring Farm and Sawmill.

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