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Seed saving in the garden!

We like to save seed where we can in our garden and we have two very good reasons to do so.  First of all it saves money because you don't have to purchase new seed.  Secondly the seed you save has actually turned certain genes on and off in it's DNA and has adapted itself to your soil conditions.  That means that next year the plants that grow from these seeds will actually perform BETTER than their predecessors!  The process is different for each plant so you have to do your research but for the most part you wait until the pods that contain the seeds dry out and begin to open.  Then you collect the seed and save it for next year!  It's important to note that this can only be done with seed that comes from plants that are "open pollentated" and most seed catalogs will tell you if they are.  It won't work with hybrid seeds. 

Preserving Beans and Beets!

It's time to start preserving the harvest on our little farm!  The other night my wife and I started the long process of preserving some of the food we've been growing.  Karen cleaned and froze green beans and I canned some beets.  I used a pressure canner which is always a bit nerve wracking but it worked flawlessly!  Enjoy the video!

Filling a meat bird feeder with a tube/chute!

The meat birds are growing fast and I wanted to share my method for adding feed to their feeder.  I made two feeders from a 4 foot section of PVC pipe split lengthwise.  Each half is then suspended from a single rope that goes through two pulleys.  This allows the feeders to remain inside the chicken tractor at all times which is helpful when moving the tractor.  The feed is then poured into each feeder through a long tube that starts at 1 1/2 inches at one end and steps up to three inch PVC pipe at the other end.  This allows me to fill each feeder from the outside of the coop which means I don't have to go INSIDE.  Believe me that's a plus!  The pulleys allow me to adjust the height of the feeders as the chics grow.  The pulleys also allow the feeders to self level.   Overall the system works pretty well and was fairly low cost to make.  Enjoy the video!

My antique Gravely tractor is restored!

It is RUNNING!  I buttoned up my 1960 Gravely Model Li restoration just about a week ago!  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  This tractor is NOT meant to be a show piece.  I intend to use this as a working tractor.  There are several things about this tractor that are different from my other model, a 5260.  First of all there is no governor mechanizm that carefully adds throttle when needed.  That job falls to the operator!  If you need a little more power, like when cutting through thick grass, you have to add throttle yourself.  It takes a little getting used to.  The directional control levers are reversed which is very....





The foundation is going in! Is it a storage building? But it looks like a barn! What’s going to be in it?

Come down to the Falmouth Heritage Museum on Saturdays in August and September 10 between 10 am and 3 pm for an answer!

And don’t forget our continuing display of old nursing artifacts and the upcoming quilt day on August 20th!

For further information call the Falmouth Historical Society at 207-838-5762 or email us at falmouthhistorical@myfairpoint.net

Laying hens are out on pasture too!

My laying hens are now ALSO out on pasture.  I actually moved them out there a few weeks ago but finally got around to taking some video the other day.  It is important for bird health that the laying chicken tractor and the meat bird tractor do not CROSS PATHS!  You don't want them to walking on eachother's droppings or they might share disease. You can see in the video that I have them quite far apart.  I move them every day as well giving them access to fresh grass.  The grass and clover really give the yolks that deep orange pigment and good flavor!  I expect to have eggs from these ladies around October 1st! 

Grain field progress - High Summer!

The grain field has really exploded these past few weeks.  The corn really liked all that heat we had!  It went from about knee high to taller than me right now!  The ears of corn are just beginning to form and swell.  The barley has "headed out" meaning that the heads of grain are emerging from the stalks.  The small needle like shoots that are attached to each grain are called "awns".  Awns are pretty interesting.  In barley they aide in photosynthesis.  In some strains of wheat such as "emmer" the awns actually have little hairs on them that contract and move with humidity.  This is important because if the grains were to ever hit ground these little hairs would contract and help to push the little grain into the soil!  Very cool!