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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.

32nd Annual Camden-Rockport Antiques Show and Sale

32nd Annual Camden-Rockport Antiques Show and Sale

The 32nd annual Camden-Rockport Antiques Show and Sale, sponsored by the C-R Historical Society, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22, at the Camden Hills Regional High School. The Camden Show has been the premier antiques show in Maine for early 18th and 19th century furniture, Americana, and accessories. There are displays of American painted and period furniture antique & estate jewelry, antique silver, marine antiques, decoys, sporting antiques, fine glass & china including Staffordshire, Flow Blue, quimper, early soft paste; Americana, and early hearth equipment; Sandwich & other fine glass; pottery, brass, copper, and pewter; quilts and other textiles; antiquarian books, prints and paintings; and other fine antiques.

Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 11-4

Cost: Adult Admission $6.00, but just $5.00 with a print out of this page!!

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