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Bean Harvest.

Bean Harvest.

After the disaster of the previous blight we experienced we've had a successful harvest of the the beans in the other row that survived!  We froze about 20 cups of grean beans.  We blanched them in boiling water for 3 minutes and then cooled them in an ice water bath before packing.  This brief cooking period slows down the enzymatic actions that start working as soon as you pick the beans.  If left unchecked these enzymes will deteriorate the flavor and color of the end product.

Bean blight! Eradicating failed crops.

Bean blight!  Eradicating failed crops.

Tragedy!  Our entire row of Vermont Cranberry beans have picked up some sort of disease!  All the pods have black spots on them.  We've never had a crop failure like this one.  It's just so heartbreaking but what must be done is all these plants have to be pulled up and hauled away.  There's no other way around it.  We also have to do this so that no other plants get the same disease especially other green beans.  In fact we have another variety of green been in the garden adjacent to this one so it is especially important to get these diseased plants out as quick as possible.  This is another reason why it's a good thing to diversify where you plant your vegetables.  If you're going to plant two different varieties of say tomatoes it may be a good idea to separate them a bit.  That way if one gets a disease the other may have a better chance for survival.

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is announcing that the 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in various communities within Cumberland County.

Events in Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Portland, South Portland, Windham and Yarmouth begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Registrants will receive a booklet describing each site and a map showing specific locations.

Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally.

Maine artists sought for artwork for MaineGeneral’s New Regional Hospital


MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking proposals from all artists living in Maine to design, create and install artwork at the 640,000-square-foot New Regional Hospital now under construction in Augusta.

The design theme for the new hospital is “A journey to wellness, healing enhanced by nature.” Art will be commissioned to reinforce that theme and create a place of comfort that promotes wellness and healing. Artwork should have Maine as its subject matter and, in particular, have a connection to central Maine.

The total project budget for up to four commissioned pieces of art is $100,000. The submission deadline is July 31, 2012. For questions about this proposal and to submit art, e-mail MaineGeneralART@smrtinc.com  All materials must be in electronic format and received by e-mail.
Art will be selected for four locations: main lobby, central waiting area, café courtyard and cafeteria terrace.

Making Hay - Part 3

Making Hay - Part 3

I took the hay out of the trailer and put it in a big pile called a "rick".  With a little care this thing could be made water proof but for now I'm just going to cover it with a tarp.  The quantity was quite a lot more than I expected but I'll make use of it!

Bees - Part 4

Bees - Part 4

I've put the honey super and screened bottom board on my hive!  The upper deep hive body had a lot of honey production going on in it and the lower deep body had lots of good looking brood so I think the hive is doing pretty well!

Bees - Part 3

Bees - Part 3

I'm adding more equipment to my hive!  A honey super, a screened bottom board and a queen excluder.  What's that?  Watch the video!