Taking Stock, 2012

This blog has been neglected – there’s just no getting around it! As I posted last December, Hurricane Irene put a hurt on Vermont. I was immediately involved in local recovery efforts, and then became part of a FEMA-funded recovery program that lasted until late October, 2012. In addition, my mother-in-law – who lived with(…)

After Hurricane Irene

Vermont was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Here in Plymouth, several families lost everything and many others were severely damaged by the  raging waters. The north end of town, where I live, was cut off from the outside world for a week, except that some enterprising Emergency Response Team residents cut down some trees and(…)

I Found a Use for a Beekeeper’s Suit

Last night some animal tipped over one of my beehives. It wasn’t badly damaged, so probably not a bear. Quite possibly a raccoon, skunk, woodchuck (wouldn’t that be ironic?) or the like. I needed to tip it upright and re-establish it on its wooden base. Since I don’t own a beekeeper’s suit, I did my(…)

Staking Tomatos: First Do It Wrong

My approach to getting into gardening has been: First off, do something. That’s because, generally, it isn’t until after I’ve tried something that I have some idea of what questions need to be asked and answered if I want to do that thing well. I find it’s the hands-on experimentation that both dictates the syllabus of my new learning program and(…)

Making and Using Garden Tripods

Over the winter, I took a few classes on low-cost, low-impact gardening. One innovation that caught my eye was the garden tripod. Very versatile in its use, it’s easy to make from inexpensive or recycled wood, and is very portable. So I made my own, but with a slight variation. The version I saw last(…)

Constructing a Beehive

Original post: 5.26.11. Updated: 2.26.13 Beehives can be made of wood or styrofoam. I’ve argued elsewhere that styrofoam hives are my choice because they have several advantages: they are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and are not prone to mold (as wooden frames are). Strictly speaking, foam hives don’t need to(…)