How to start prepping If storing and stockpiling a couple months’ worth of food and supplies sounds intriguing, here’s how to get started. by Sam Schipani August 6, 2020August 6, 2020 Gardeners should look for and destroy tobacco hornworms munching on tomato plants by Julia Bayly August 6, 2020August 5, 2020 How to attract dragonflies to your yard by Sam Schipani August 5, 2020August 4, 2020 How to keep deer out of your garden by Sam Schipani 3 essential watering tools for beginning gardeners by Sam Schipani These are the must-have gardening tools for first-time gardeners by Sam Schipani Pull that can of pumpkin from the back of the cupboard and whip up these cookies by Sandy Oliver 6 ways to make DIY seedling containers to start your plants by Sam Schipani FOOD Noted Portland restaurant Drifters Wife closes permanently because of pandemic by Bill Trotter Foodies rally to save one of Maine’s few West African restaurants amid the pandemic New Mediterranean restaurant set to open next month in downtown Bangor You’ve tried dilly beans. Now try dilly fiddleheads. GARDENING How to choose gardening shoes by Sam Schipani 7 green ways to improve your yard Here’s why you should let your lawn get a little wild UMaine wants gardeners to help bees with native plants CLEANING Combining these common household cleaning chemicals could make you sick or worse by Julia Bayly Here are 12 things you should be disinfecting that you probably forgot If you can’t find what you need at stores, here’s how to easily make your own cleaners I tried to make homemade dish soap. Here’s how it went. FARMING Credit union launches program to pay farm closing costs by The Associated Press This fruit tastes like a cross between a blueberry and raspberry, and a Maine farm is turning it into syrup and beer This is what a trip to a pick-your-own farm in Maine will be like this year How a program that teaches veterans to farm pivoted during the pandemic RECIPES How to cook when it’s too hot by Sandy Oliver How to ‘chef up’ your ramen noodles by Sandy Oliver This homemade cheese spread is way better than anything you can buy in a tub by Sandy Oliver How to get your kids to wear their masks properly When it comes to wearing masks, especially as the school year nears, getting your kids to don face coverings is a matter of public health. If you’re spending more time out on your deck this summer, here are ways to create shade Too much sun hitting that deck can turn even the best of times into a scorching nightmare forcing you inside and out of the heat. Tips for line drying your laundry from Maine’s homesteaders Maine may not seem like an ideal place to line dry clothing because of the humidity and the icy winters, but Mainers have found a way. What we know about the mysterious seed deliveries in Maine and 27 other states Maine is one of many states where residents have received mystery seeds in the mail they didn’t order and that appear to come from China. These home improvements have the most bang for the buck There are easy, cheap home renovations that will add a lot of value to your home. Suspicious seeds arrived in this Belfast woman’s mailbox in early June Agriculture officials suspect the mass mailings may be part of a marketing scheme aimed at bolstering sales numbers for whatever company is behind sending the packages. What to do if you have an unexpected rooster in your flock Roosters have their place when it comes to defending flocks of hens or fertilizing eggs in a breeding program. Why you should plant a tree If you want to help support your local ecosystem, the easiest way to do so is planting a tree. The Eastern chipmunk is an enemy to cucumbers in Maine this summer The small rodents cause damage to gardens as they dig their underground burrows in which they live and store food. When it comes to browntail moths, kill them any way you can One female browntail moth can lay hundreds of eggs, leading to hundreds of new caterpillars emerging the next spring. What you can plant right now for a fall harvest in Maine The summer growing season is just hitting its stride, but industrious growers know that to extend the harvest, midsummer is also a time for planting. An introduction to pressure canning for home canners Everyone knows someone with a canning horror story. When it comes to canning, here’s what you can reuse again and again The primary elements of the canning process that cannot be reused are the circular metal lids, also known as dome lids. How to find mental health help during the pandemic If stress and anxiety is interfering with your daily life, there is someone out there who can help you cope. What you need to know to have a successful canning season Instead of tossing your unused produce in your compost pile, plan ahead for the months to come by trying your hand at canning. Load more posts Loading… Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.