Tommy follows me around the run as is his habit every day. In the morning I open the door to his cottage first. It is a fairly tall cottage that my husband and I went to a distant farm to purchase 2 years ago. We thought it might house an extra small flock. But, it
He was just there one day. At first I thought the cat was throwing up. I was in a hurry – rushing around on my day off trying to get my mom’s things ready. Connie was going to be 90 in November and she lived with us. I ran into the breezeway to look
After we got home, my husband immediately went out and dug 9 salad-bowl shaped holes in the spots we had chosen, adding a couple of handfuls of gypsum to each hole and a little wood ash, too. And there was the start of our orchard. Planting an orchard gives one such a sense of hope.
We had not succeeded in snagging a carriage to carry our tree treasures in – they were in high demand – so we found a staff person to write up a tally of our purchases and then headed to a cash register. One friendly staff person rang me up while another wrapped the roots of
After loading the trees into the truck we headed back inside to the strawberry room. Near the inside door were sprouted gingers, sweet potato slips, catnip and rows of boxes with varieties of strawberries in white bags. We chose Earliglow, an earlier bearing variety, and Jewel a mid-season. Each bag of 50 plants cost $19.
Enchanted with the idea of planting an organic, heirloom orchard on our farm, my husband & I set out for the annual Fedco tree sale. We arrived at 9:15 AM with the sale already in full swing. The big blue warehouse had a white sign out by the road that said “Fedco Tree Sale.” Gene
It’s spring in Maine and the chick days are in full swing. In past years we’ve purchased rare breed pullets or eggs from small breeders and hatched them in an incubator but this year we decided to let the broody hens do the work. We were raising a few chicks for a family member. Just
1 whole plump roaster (peel off 3/4 of the skin and remove pop-up thermometer) 3 large organic carrots peeled and cubed or 1.5 cups of cubed carrots ½ medium organic turnip peeled and cubed or 1 cup of cubed turnip 2 medium parsnips or 1 cup of cubed parsnip ½ medium sweet onion or