August 2, 2018

Summer on the farm is always busy and 2018 is certainly no exception!  House work is in full swing, and the garden is giving us plenty of bounty to share, cook, and preserve.  While I was not happy about it at the time, I am now glad we chose not to breed the goats and...

September 6, 2017

September made itself known right away this year.  The last week of August was warm and dry, and on September first a week of rain, wind, and colder temperatures was ushered in.  

We cannot complain about the rain, however.  Midcoast Maine is still in a moderate dr...

July 20, 2017

The gardening season in Maine goes from nothing to full throttle in a matter of days.  For months you look out the window at snowbanks and wonder if you'll ever plant anything again.  And then for weeks after that you examine the cold soil and the stringy seedlings and...

April 26, 2017

Our farm in Maine is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a.  This means that planning when to plant your vegetables in spring can be a challenge.  If you wait too long, they won't be able to reach full maturity before frosts begin in the fall, but if you start too so...

February 9, 2017

We are battening down the hatches today as a Nor'easter rolls into Maine.  In fact, there's snowfall forecasted nearly ever day for the next week, holding true to the Farmer's Almanac prediction of a stormy February 2017.  

Weather is a hot topic here in Maine...

August 4, 2016

I was a little skeptic this spring when sowing my seeds in various pots, raised beds, and planters.  I am so used to digging my fingers deep into the dirt and couldn't wait until next years full garden was being planted.

The skepticism has turned into delight as careful...

July 14, 2016

Limited space for a garden?  Life to hectic or transient to till a plot and properly care for the soil?  You can still have a fruitful garden.

We moved in April of this year and had spent the entire winter, as well as the spring that followed, cleaning up and cutti...

October 13, 2015

The mornings have gotten frosty and we may be only weeks away from the first snow, so we have finally put our gardens to bed.  The first step is simply to remove the gone-by plants from summertime, but after that there is a lot more which you can do to ensure that next...

September 15, 2015

So you are thinking of “homesteading”?  Before you till up your front yard, purchase a hundred acres, or – most importantly – invest in any farmyard animals – stop and think about what you want to get from farming, and the pros and cons of doing so in your situation....

August 24, 2015

This was our first year successfully growing artichokes on the farm, though when I was growing up they were a favorite crop of my family’s.  I’ve seen several Mainers adding artichokes to their gardens in recent years and the seeds for them now are more compatible with...

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