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Big garden progress - May 2012

Big garden progress - May 2012

The big garden is coming along well so far despite all the rain we've had.  We have been working hard to get a few crops directly sowed into the ground.  We started with peas since they are so frost hardy.  We sowed a long row in succession so we will have peas at different times in the growing season.  We also put down a long row of potatoes.  We're trying Katahdin's for the first time this year but we also have planted Rose Apple Finn and Russian Banana fingerling potatoes.  Finally we just put in a short row of beets!  There's lots more to come so stay tuned!

Blue Berry Netting - Part 2

Blue Berry Netting - Part 2

I finally got around to completing the blueberry netting project!  I started it last fall.  CLICK HERE to watch the first video.  Anyway I ended up using more supporting poles along the sides and corners than I thought I would be overall I'm happy with the result.  I also mulched it with 6 inches of wood chips.  Blueberries like acidic soil and these wood chips will really help with that!

Cornish Cross Meat Birds.

Cornish Cross Meat Birds.

We're doing meat birds this year again.  And this time we decided to try the ubiquitous Cornish Cross breed.  This is the breed that is used my all the large growers in the US.  It is the fastest growing chicken on the planet!  Very industrial...

I'm a perfect mess!

I'm a perfect mess!

I don’t have a “body image problem.”  Instead, I have a “home image problem.”  There’s some crumbs, dust, maybe a little grime, but mostly clutter I’m constantly keeping at bay.  Enter A Perfect Mess.  Not all mess is bad mess.  Some mess is extremely productive.  There are different kinds of messes, and different kinds of mess-makers.  So I'm cutting myself some slack about mess. -> Read More.

AIGA Maine presents The Business of Design

AIGA Maine presents The Business of Design

An afternoon for creative professionals and their businesses.

AIGA Maine presents an in-depth afternoon designed to help creative businesses of all sizes run more smoothly, efficiently, and profitably.   The Business of Design brings together four experts who will help you better structure your business, position yourself to create (and sell) your best work, pro

Duck dwelling moved!

Duck dwelling moved!

We have moved the ducks to the front yard!  They were spending all their time there anyway and I had to chase them back to their duck house each night.  That got tedious so I decided to move their housing out front under our apple tree.  There is a culvert nearby that has a slow but steady trickle and so I dug out a small "pond" there!  It is very small, only about 2 feet long and 6 inches deep but it's working well for them, plus I don't have to carry water to them!  They go in each night on their own now which is perfect!  All I have to do is close them up.  They wander pretty far afield but always seem to manage to find their way home.  They also are sociable with our laying hens, spending time near the chicken coop.  The chickens are separated by a hoop house so they can't mix but I've read you can keep ducks and chickens together.  We'll see!

India Runner Ducks!

India Runner Ducks!

We have just acquired three lovely India Runner Ducks, a male and two females!  Normally we buy birds that are newley hatched but this time we purchased full grown birds off Craig's List.  These are India Runner Ducks which are flight-less which is good since I don't want them to fly away but also bad since if they really need to escape a predatore they might be out of luck!  You must provide them with good housing that is predator proof and you also must provide them with enough water to fully immerse their heads.  This allows them to clean their eyes and nostrils out!  Our plan in getting these ducks is to use them for pest control.  They are very good foragers and seek out slugs specifically.  At the end of this gardening season we will turn them loose in the garden and let them root out any slugs.  This will really knock down the population for next year.  They also are laying very nice large white eggs.  I had one over easy the