December 10, 2018

Archives for 2014

The Hornet Waltz

• By Janine Pineo • After receiving a desperate plea from a devoted fan — i.e., a quick email asking if there would be a Christmas carol coming — I went into music composition mode — i.e., started … [Read more...]

How Not to Make a First Impression

• By John F. Chisholm • Invariably I make the wrong first impression. I don't mean to. I try hard to put my best foot forward. Alas! My efforts always seem to backfire. You don't believe me? I … [Read more...]

The Dredgeful Truth

• By John F. Chisholm • We had our north pond dredged. It needed it. Of our three ponds, it has the largest watershed. Constructed in 1992, the brook flowing through it loaded up the basin with … [Read more...]

The Garden That Almost Wasn’t

• By Janine Pineo • It's been a strange year. The never-ending winter gave way to a lost spring for me. Two major family illnesses threw me for a loop and meant the garden was the absolute last … [Read more...]

Totally Nuts

The nuts have fallen off the black walnut tree here at Garden Maine. One good rainstorm with a bit of wind and the ground was covered with green orbs coveted by our squirrel population. Juglans nigra … [Read more...]

In the Light of a Perfect Moment

• By Janine Pineo • Every year, I wait for the milkweed to come into bloom. It isn't the showiest of plants, this wildflower with its muted color of  blossoms. But if you look at one closely, … [Read more...]

The Weave of Society

• By John F. Chisholm • My friend Jim doesn't realize how important he is. I've known him 30 years. Longer. Jim worked 25 of those years as a laboratory technician, raising two children at … [Read more...]

Cultivating the Unexpected

• By John F. Chisholm • Farming is cultivation of the unexpected. Yesterday, while walking from the garage to the house, I heard the snap of our electric fence grounding. It's a distinctive … [Read more...]

Burning Up Perspective

• By John F. Chisholm • I am refilling the woodshed. It holds around four and a half cord. Obviously I'm not refilling all that in one day. In fact, the older I grow the longer it takes me to … [Read more...]

Farmers Market Slaw

This cool, crisp, refreshing recipe is slightly modified from one I got at the Hampden Farmers Market a couple weeks back: I substituted carrots for the apples. Why? Because one of the farmers … [Read more...]