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Bees - Adding a nucleus to a hive body.

Bees - Adding a nucleus to a hive body.

So I got back on the horse and ordered more bees.  I ordered a nucleus or "nuc" for short.  This is an established colony of bees with a queen that is already laying eggs.  It's more expensive, $130-150 presently, but a little less work when it comes to establishing a hive, at least for the hobby bee keeper.  I picked them up early in the morning and brought them home.  I placed them on top of the hive body I planned to use and let them out for a while to get used to their surroundings.  Later in the day I actually placed them in the hive.  Enjoy the video!

What to do with Asparagus

What to do with Asparagus

It's asparagus season and thanks to my husband Barry, this wonderful vegetable grows right in our backyard. I'm sure I've never had any quite as delicious as when he cooks it fresh from the garden.

The secret to asparagus is to not overcook it, because if you do it will be all mushy and dreadful! Here are two easy ways to cook asparagus. Read more

Pigs rooting in the earth!

Pigs rooting in the earth!

One of the neatest things to see is when pigs really get their snouts down deep into the dirt and root around for food.  They're looking for roots, grubs, bugs, anything they can find.  They really are like little plows!  In fact people have known for a long time that the best way to prepare land for a garden is to let pigs trample around in it first!

Nate's Kitchen - Broiled Fish

Nate's Kitchen - Broiled Fish

It's time for another fish recipe!  What can I say!  I live in Maine!  Enjoy this simple recipe for broiled fish!

Pig Share!

Pig Share!

We are participating in a pig share this year!  There are four pigs in a large wooded area that is fenced in with electrical fence.  This allows them to root and dig and generally enjoy a very natural habitat.  It also cuts down on feed and odor as they spread their manure out over a wider area.  These pigs will be at market weight of 250 lbs or so by September when they will be taken to our local butcher for processing.