The Maine
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Category: Birds & Bees

Bee Update

photographs and text by Sharon Kitchens I am happy to report all four of my bee hives made it through the winter. Here are a few pics from a quick inspection we did this past weekend. I will continue to feed them a sugar/water mixture until the dandelions appear – so probably another 7 -10 days. […]

Honeybee Update

photographs and text by Sharon Kitchens A few photographs from the super quick hive check. What you are seeing: Honeybees can eat through their food stores (honey!) by early March if not sooner and will starve if not fed.  That’s where candyboards come in – a sugar syrup that is made into a fondant and sits […]

Backyard Bugs

photographs by Justin Gove

Happy New Year

photographs and text by Sharon Kitchens I hope 2014 is already off to a great start for you all! May it be a wonderful year all around, filled with many new successes and of course lots of great food. After the first storm: Morning after the ice storm: This storm – I woke up several […]

First Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour

via Sharon Kitchens The First Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10AM – 4PM. This self-guided tour will showcase an array of backyard chicken coops that display a variety of construction designs and materials, from recycled to custom designed coops. Inspired by the Funky Chicken Coop Tour in […]

First Hive Inspection 2013

photographs and text by Sharon Kitchens This past week I invited experience beekeeper Keith Kettelhut over to help me inspect my “miracle hive” as so appointed by Tony Jadczak, Maine’s apiarist, after surviving a bad Varroa mite infestation last winter. Kettelhut is a member of  Maine’s swarm team. Turns out my hive was about three weeks […]


photographs by Justin Gove Just introduced 10,000 new friends to our backyard:

Birds & Bees: Great Cluck Egg Farm

photograph by Winky Lewis text by Sharon Kitchens Dear readers, I have fun news regarding the chickens. Almost all 11 girls are laying big brown eggs. The local market, who is giving me vegetable scraps for them, offered to sell some. Cool! They asked me to slap a label on them, so that meant coming […]

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