garden 2017

Top 4 New Garden Varieties for 2017

Top 4 New Garden Varieties for 2017 is by Amanda Pelletier, Alton, Maine In the depth of a Maine winter there is nothing better than kicking back by the woodstove with a hot coffee while flipping through garden catalogues. If this isn’t your dream—you might be on the wrong website. To kick off this cozy hobby, I’d like to offer up my list of my favorite new garden varieties for 2017. Opal Creek Snap Peas I’d like to introduce Opal Creek Snap Peas sold right in Maine at Pine Tree Seeds. These pale yellow pods will pop out and holler to {read more}

get more eggs in winter

Get More Eggs in Winter with Light and Diet

Get More Eggs in Winter with Light and Diet is by Amanda Pelletier, Alton, Maine If you’re chickens are anything like mine they go on vacation near the winter solstice. For a week before and a week after they will reduce egg output due to the shortening of daylight and colder temperatures as Maine plunges into the heart of winter. There are many measures an avid chicken owner can undertake to get more eggs in winter. How Many Eggs Does a Chicken Lay? The first thing to understand to get more eggs in winter is chickens are hard working creatures. Your average year old {read more}