Getting started on building our garden. Never been tried around here (Washington County) as far as I can tell. I will learn how to take pictures and post them. Here is a place where you can buy baby clams. https://downeastinstitute.org/buy-seed/
Thanks Alex for posting this. We live on coastal Maine and recreational clam but have never heard nor seen anything close to this being done. We live very close to the Passamaquoddy Township and I have reached out to two friends there to see if they know anything about this. Please, if anyone has any more information on this I would love to hear about it. We live in an area with some of the highest tides in the world and wonder if that might be a problem.
Prices all seem pretty close to me. Around a buck a watt. I'm not very well versed in solar energy but determined to get there. I just bought some solar panels to go with my ecoflow battery pack from newpowa.com I got a 100 watt panel for 89 dollars delivered. From California to Maine. But more importantly they were very responsive in answering my questions. One question that I sent Sunday morning was answered that afternoon.
We live in Washington County. Right now its just dog ticks and yes there are a lot of them. Last year hardly a single one. The deer ticks may show up this month. Last year there were no deer ticks at all even though we have quite a lot of deer that pass through our property. Everyone has a different explanation, but all agree that this is a really bad year so far. Hang in there.
We have used cold stream farms for years. Nothing exotic but great prices, customer service, and quality. Here in Maine we found Winter Cove Farm. Great source, not very big and they have 3 pick ups spread around the area so that you can save money on shipping.
We live directly on salt water in Maine. Only one growing season so far. Good success with all types of berries. Little to no success with nuts. Best we have ever had with parsnips, sunchokes and carrots. Potatoes not so good but it might be because we were late getting them in the ground. The soil is sandy loam and unusual for this part of Maine. What hasn't done well, at least so far, is sea kale and comfrey. Nettles good, hardy kiwis OK table grapes not so good. The ramps we planted last April came up so we consider that a bit of a success. Sweet corn and winter squash weren't very good. We will see how this season goes. Its still dry and the wind makes it worse.
Remelle what greenhouse kit did you decide on? Wyoming is known for their winds. We live on the coast of Maine and the winds can really blow for days on end and kind of gave up on a greenhouse, opting for a couple of cold frames. In our previous lives we built 3 greenhouses and would like to have one again
I restarted making sourdough bread at the onset of covid. Had done it a couple of times before but it just got to be a pain and I ended up going back to buying bread. My partner is gluten intolerant. She eased into it with no ill effects and now has toast in the morning and is fine with pizza and flat breads. I "feed" it just about every day unless I forget but never more than two days. It sits on the shelf above the woodstove and gets too dried out if left for too long. I use King Arthur Organic that we buy in bulk from Webstaurant. From 5 cups of flour, 1.75 cups of well water, and some starter we get 2 nice loaves of bread. I use the discard to make the pizza dough and flat bread.
No suggesting that this will work for everyone but it is working for her.
Rhonda Patrick recommends xylitol for teeth and gum health. Take it along with K2 MK-7. I chew Mentos gum for the xylitol and a supplement for the MK-7. I used to eat natto and searched out grass fed dairy products but a supplement works better for me.
Good Morning Rebecca: Would you mind detailing a little bit about the removable greenhouse. We have thought for a while about doing something like that on our south facing walls here in Maine. When its temporary that means it may be a bit flimsy and we have some snow (coastal) but we do have lots of wind. Previously in another location we had 3 greenhouses, 1 plastic, 1 glass and 1 twin wall. Difficult to see how any of these would work. Thanks.
Yoders Produce Ohio for all things farming Great for seed garlic and potatoes.
Kitazawa Seeds Really excellent quality Great micros
ColdStream Farms Bare root trees and shrubs
Kriegers Nursery. If you can get a 200 dollar order together the prices are then wholesale. Never disappointed and they stand by their warranties.
I am the same age. We recently stopped farming for money after 15 years in upstate NY. We originally bought the farm which wasn't much of anything for cash. For 15 years we poured all the money that came out of the farm back into it. My wife worked off farm until she got cancer 5 years ago. We ran the gamut from CSA's, farmers markets and restaurant sales. We specialized in mixed greens, herbs, and micro greens. We stopped in November of last year. Just couldn't do it anymore. We were able to sell the farm and moved to Down East Maine. Started over here with a great big lawn and tore it up and now only grow for ourselves and give aways to our neighbors. Make do on my SS. Expenses are cut to the bone. My wife gets SS in a couple of months. This has only been going on for 4 months but I feel whole better than we were growing 15K heads of lettuce a year. Everything we learned we put into effect but on a smaller scale and it is enjoyable. The farm systems that "worked" back in NY were tough. Mennonites with 10 kids selling at auctions, or building CSA's. The CSA's that worked required financial input from families and a lot sweat from families. And even then times can be really tough. The most we grossed in a year was 21K and we were working our tails off. The bigger CSA can gross around 70K but there is not a lot of money for salaries. We are both happier than we have been in a while. Good luck with whatever you end up doing and I would be happy to answer an questions if you have them.
Most of the ginger that I started right around the middle of May is finally starting to poke their heads up. I tried a couple of different ways of getting it started. Most seem to have worked but it takes 6-7 weeks for it to happen.
We only used the electric for overhead watering on our salad greens. Tomatoes squash berries we dripped and we used the water supply from the house. We had to put a pressure regulator on it or it would blow all the fittings. Really doesn't take much water at all. The amount of water going through a gasoline motor is huge and if you have a large operation you will need one.
Cristo is 100% correct good ones are expensive and if you are going to use it a lot get a good one. If you get one with a Honda engine they can run 1500 dollars.
Totally agree on the Wayne pump. I have used ours for years. You cannot use regular extension cords. I had some 12 Gauge? from a contractor neighbor that worked easily out to 200 feet.
In our new place the pond is further than the 200 feet. I am thinking of buying a small generator like a Generac and use that to run the pump. I could also use it for the house when the power goes out.
We used orchard tubing which is really cheap and we ran two sprinklers at a time.
Going to be interested to hear some of the replies you get. I'm doing the same thing but have tried a couple of different tactics to get it to sprout. So far the best seems to be wrapped in a wet paper towel in a plastic bag in a dark cabinet. Less than 3 weeks and I can see some growth. I have some in composted manure and then more in a coir based substrate. I kept those two on a heat mat at 75 for the same amount of time. Not much going on there. I bought the ginger from someone on ebay. It really was gorgeous and fresh. What I have read says don't expect too much for a month.
A question I do have is the pieces all have an end where they were broken off from the main plant. That end tends to mold a little bit. I have been cutting it off leaving a fresh raw end. Is this the smart thing to do?
Some other alternatives you may want to consider since that sounds like a heck of a lot of money. We currently cut about 1.5 acres with a push mower. Work on it about an hour or less a day. It has a grass catcher so we have all the mulch we need. Using it in the hugels mixed with wood chips and manure as well. BCS has a cutter bar for some of the areas that don't get attention. Brush mower is around 1K. On our old property we had 2 riding mowers to keep up. Trying to get by with much less. The expenses on those 2 were ridiculous. I know some like to fix their own equipment. I'm not good at it so any solution involves avoiding something that is always in need of attention.
We both enjoy sorrel particularly as a pesto. Make a lot and freeze it. Variety is profusion which is trademarked by Richters in Canada. It will not bolt, and does really well right on through the summer. Usually the first edible in Spring in Zone 5. We recently moved and dug up some and took it a long. Didn't miss a beat.
Druce a question: I am going to pick up a truckload of bedding and horse manure on Saturday. The owner tells me the back side of the pile is 3-4 years old. Is there a way to tell if that is the truth or at the very least close to the truth. Not that I think they would lie to me just not very careful. Thanks
Try Yoders out of Ohio. They have regular and organic seeds shown in their catalogue Also seed potatoes and onions but you have to search for them. You will have to mail in a check with your order form.
We are starting over on a new piece of property and putting to use a lot of the things that made our other property humm. It took us a while to get it humming and learn what we needed and most importantly, WHERE YOU CAN GET It. So far we have found firewood, horse poop, and woodchips. The things that you will need over the coming years all of which need time to get to where they are usable. We are lucky to have a lot of fruit trees so our focus is on berries, garlic, potatoes, and onions and potato onions and asparagus. We tried to do a lot with nuts previousy but it takes so long with nut trees that you would starve if you were depending on them. 6 years for chestnuts and still no English Walnuts after 7 years. Hazelnuts do produce quickly but from a bucket load you get almost nothing. Good luck to you. The people here are fantastic and I've learned a ton over the years.
Country Living Grain Mill here. We have had it for 10 years? Only use it for grinding corn. It doesn't work for wheat. Tried a fancy German electric mill and even after grinding it twice it wasn't fine enough. Sent it back.
We buy 50 pound bags of corn from Lakeview Organics in Penn Yann, NY. Owner is a great person to talk to about grain. I good portion of everything they sell, they grow themselves.
How about row cover? Depending on the thickness you will get at least 5 degrees from it. Will also prevent the frost from being on the plants which will burn them. If you take care of it it will last a couple of seasons and once it starts to wear out you can lie it on the ground on top of your direct seeds. You won't have to water them as much and they germinate faster and seem to be much healthier.
Julian, I was wondering how you folks are making out. We are trying to understand the climate here. The water influence seems to mean cooler days but warmer nights than we are used to. Even when it is clear at night we are only seeing numbers around 30 for the low. This after a day that only made it to the low 40's. A couple of inches of snow on the ground but that will be gone today. We've put in sorrel, violets, lovage, chives, elderberry, willow, potato onions, regular onions, and garlic. A week or two and we should be able to put out some greens, and kale under cover. First batch of micros are ready in 2 days. Found a couple places wanting to get rid of horse poop. We are finding it very interesting in regard to finding hardwood for the woodstoves. We have been looking at foraging on the intertidal zone. Bringing up lots of seaweed which we are mulching with and beginning to build compost piles. There seems to be an abundance of periwinkles if we want to go that route, and we will get a residents license for clams this week. All the best, and it looks likes its is going to be an amazing day out there.
Ebo if you stay away from some of the more popular seed companies the seeds aren't too expensive. We have always used kitazawa for radish seeds. Ignore the all purple stuff because it is too expensive. A pound goes a long way.
Lebanese White Mallow Squash are a bush variety summer squash that are fast and because they are bush you can grow them in pots very easily.
Also I would suggest growing micro greens. From start to harvest is 10-11 days. Growing them on cafeteria size trays yield about .3 to .4 pounds per tray. Anyone wants full instructions and recommended places to get seed shout. We used to grow up to 15 pounds a week in 2' x 6' area.
This will be fun. We just went under contract for a property around Eastport in Maine. 9 acres with a number of fruit trees, tidal waterfront, and a pretty decent size pond. Beyond that a blank slate. We have 15 years of permaculture, forest gardening, and farming for money experience in Upstate NY. We found out yesterday how close we are to Canada. As we move around the time on our cell phones bounces back and forth between US and Canada. Its my wife and I and a dog.
Heading back to NY this weekend for packing and collecting cuttings and splitting roots if the ground has finally thawed.