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Bees - Part 1

Bees - Part 1

As if I don't have enough to do around our small farm I am now planning to add bees to the mix!  I have a friend at church who is a bee keeper and needed a good place to put a hive.   I volunteered my property and asked him if I could put a hive of my own next to his.  That way I could learn from him!  He agreed and so I started collecting equipment.  In this video I talk about the foundation layer the bees will use to build their combs.  Bees and gardening actually go quite well together since the bees will help to ensure that your crops are pollinated!

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

SIS Scenic Maine Photo Contest Promoted via Facebook™

Opportunity to Win a Prize and Select a Local Charity to Receive a Donation

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

To enter our Maine Scenic Photo contest, you can post up to 5 photos now through June 8, 2012. We’ll select our favorite twelve (no more than one per person) that may be chosen for SIS’s 2013 calendar or other print materials and then ask our online social network community to vote for #1. For each vote placed, we will make a $1 donation to a charity or organization of the winner’s choice, up to $300. Plus, the winner gets a $100 gift card! That’s not all!

Deadly Insect Stings

Deadly Insect Stings

Last summer Ricker Hamilton was out mowing his lawn and got stung in the leg by a wasp. Most of us would be supremely annoyed and might have to endure some pain, itching, and swelling for a few hours. For Ricker an insect sting is a life-threatening situation. It was his third encounter in 20 years and in terms of how quickly his body began to react, the scariest. “Luckily,” Ricker told me, “my son was with me and knew what to do.”  Read more.

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!

Hop Swap Festival

Hop Swap Festival

The Boothbay Craft Brewery will be kicking off the hop growing and summer season by including you on its BRU Team! BCB is sourcing rhizomes (seedlings) of a west coast variety of hops and asking green thumbs to lend a hand in growing the hops they will be using for “Harvest Ale” in the fall.

Boothbay Craft Brewery has been taking pre-orders all winter and spring; hops are due to be planted in June. The rhizomes will be pre-planted in a composting pot and should be up and thriving at pick up (didn't pre-order?  Contact the Brewery). Included with your baby hop is a freshly brewed BCB ale for just $10.ea (no-limit).

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...