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Heritage wheat - Part 3

My heritage wheat has germinated beautifully!  Several plants actually have two small stalks emerging from one seed. This is typical of the way grass grows but it's also good news for me since every stalk that grows will produce a head of grain.  I've read that particularly with emmer as many as 40 stalks can grow out of one seed!  Wow!  I'm going to leave the remay cloth on for a little longer because I want the seedlings to be protected from cold as long as possible and I also dont' want any crows to pull them up!  It's late October so pretty soon we will get a good hard freeze and they will go dormant for the winter. 

Build your own interior storm windows!

Build your own interior storm windows!

Guy Marsden will lead a workshop train you how to make your own interior double pane  insulating thermal window.  

These simple, inexpensive windows cost around a $1.25 per square foot to make and can save a significant amount of heating energy for your home each heating season.  The older and leakier your windows are the more you are likely to save. 

Guy will explain the physics of how and why these windows work and demonstrate the complete process of making one window with the help of participants.   Anyone with the most basic carpentry experience can make these and cut their heating bill substantially every year.

It's apple sauce time again!

It's apple sauce time again!

Apple season is in full swing and so we are in high apple sauce production!  We picked 3 pecks from Randall Orchards in Standish.  Here is a link to their Facebook Page.  I did this last year on this blog and if you'd like to see the video series where I did my own step by step apple sauce instructions CLICK HERE!  The only difference this year is that instead of sugar we used about 1 cup of honey per 10-12 pounds of apples and the result was nothing short of fantastic!  Try it!  All told we processed 11 pints and 4 quarts of apple sauce.  Ideally I'd like more but for now that will have to last us!  For the quarts it really helps to use wide mouth canning jars since the sauce can be sort of hard to remove from a standard quart jar.  Happy canning!

Bees - Drones kicked out!

Bees - Drones kicked out!

It's late fall and therefore time for the drones to leave the hive.  They have lived out their sole purpose which is to mate with the queen and so the worker bees are kicking them out of the hive.  It seems cruel but it is the way of things when it comes to bee culture.  It is part of their life cycle.  I noticed several dead drones and one that was still alive so I brought a few inside to look at.  Drones are easy to spot because they are larger than worker bees and have large eyes. 

Heritage wheat - Part 2

Heritage wheat - Part 2

My heritage wheat is planted!  We chose two raised beds for the site.  We weeded and added compost and then made rows.  I planted both varieties, emmer and banatka, in rows that are 12 inches apart and then 12 inches between seeds in the row.  So essentially this is 12 inch spacing.  After planting I covered the beds with remay cloth to prevent birds from digging up the seeds.  I will wait until the seeds germinate and then I'll remove the remay.  I'll be curious to see how much growth happens before they die back for the winter.

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

The Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch begins Friday, October 5th through Monday, October, 8th.  To ensure a spot in your favorite class during the launch, you can donate $5 and receive VIP treament, which includes a special VIP gift.  All proceeds will go towards the Annual Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer 2012.  For more information about registration, please call or email the club. 

School Gardens to hold Open-House Events on Saturday, Sept. 29

School gardens around Maine will hold open-house events this weekend to showcase the effort of students and highlight the many benefits of educational gardening programs.
Participating school systems include Scarborough, Bath, Saco, Portland, Standish, Waldoboro and South Berwick. The open-house events are being coordinated through the Maine School Garden Network (MSGN), according to Kat Coriell, MSGN organizer. A full listing of school gardens in Maine is available at the MSGN web site.
“School gardens are one of the best things to add to a school curriculum,” Coriell said. “School gardens get children outside, exploring nature and science, being active and learning about eating healthy foods and good nutrition. Kids will even try broccoli if they grow it.
“We would like all parents, friends and visitors to see the exciting things going on across Maine in our school gardens,” the MSGN official said.