Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Queens in the apiary

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new honeybee queens

Despite my best efforts this spring to make successful and productive splits and nucs (read more about that here), I still found myself with 4 out of 12 hives Queenless come July.  I do not claim to know it all when it comes to bees and beekeeping, and after talking to beekeepers with 30 and 40 years of experience under… Read more »

Harvesting garlic

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curing garlic

Since this was my first time growing garlic, I was pretty stoked to go and dig up the bulbs earlier this week.  I’d planted the garlic cloves back in October (you can read about that endeavor here).  I mulched them heavily with dry leaves and watched over them all winter. This spring I pulled up about two-thirds of the mulch,… Read more »

If you build it, they will come

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A new farmers’ market has been proposed in my local community, and I have stepped up to take on organization of this project. The town of Madison sits adjacent to my hometown of Anson, directly across the Kennebec River.  While the people of Anson and Madison may not necessarily share a love for one another, the two communities are reliant… Read more »

Try, try again

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The call came on Friday morning, the representative from Skowhegan Savings called to say that our loan request had been rejected.  Apparently the underwriter felt that we just don’t have enough wiggle room if something were to go wrong during the construction process.  It wasn’t a terrible shock, Keith and I know that we’re not the best of investments.  I… Read more »