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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.

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!

Making Hay - Part 1

Making Hay - Part 1

I decided on a whim to try to do a little haying this year.  And I mean a LITTLE!  In all it's probably not even equivalent to two bales of hay but what the heck!  I noticed that the field where the meat birds had been last year grew grass way taller than it had in previous years.  Doubtless that is due to all the manure the birds put down!  I also know that where my house sits was originally a hay field!  So I cut the hay using my Gravely and put it in windrows to dry!  More later!

Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!

Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!

Summer is upon us and, if you have a new puppy or older dog, there are a few things to consider when planning for fun in the sun.  Here are some tips and suggestions to consider when including Fido in your plans...

Taking Your Dog to An Outdoor Event:  Backyard BBQs, block parties and get-togethers with family and friends sometimes include an invitation to “bring your dog!”  If you choose to do so, be sure you plan ahead so that things go smoothly.  Always consider a public event as a training opportunity for your dog.  Wear your treat pouch and load it with delicious tidbits your dog loves.  Keep your pup on a leash so you have control over him at all times.  Here at our puppy school, we teach our customers to step on their puppy’s leash when people approach.  This way, the pup can’t jump on people who want to interact

Time to pick strawberries!

Time to pick strawberries!

Strawberry season is upon us here in Maine for the 2012 season!  And it is important to get out there as soon as you can since the season is not expected to last as long this year.  We're actually ahead a little bit since normally the picking starts around the 4th of July.  So get out there and support your local farmers!  There are lots of pick your own options.  We went to Maxwell's Farm in Cape Elizabeth but there are others.  We will make strawberrry jam with these.  In case you missed it last here is a link to the story I did last year about making jam!  CLICK HERE!