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News Paper Weed Control

News Paper Weed Control

A great way to control weeds along a garden path is to lay down several layers of news paper and then add grass clippings or leaves or any other type of mulch down on top.  Ultimately this layer will break down but at least it gives you a headstart!  I put out the call for news papers at work and within a few days had more than enough!

Bees - Part 2

Bees - Part 2

I opened up my hive this weekend to look for my queen!  It took a little while but we found her!  It's very important in these first few weeks to make sure the queen is present and laying eggs.  It is a good sign of a healthy hive.  We found my queen but were unable to locate the queen in my friend's hive.  Sometimes it's just too hard to locate her.  I also added a 10 frame deep hive body to give my bees more room to grow!

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!

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!