5 Reasons to grow dandelions in your lawn.

DandelionsWeeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. – A.A. Milne.

I know that many gardeners will think me odd to talk about growing dandelions, but once you get to view this plant as something other than a weed, you’ll be happy to have this tenacious perennial in your garden.

Here are 5 good reasons to let them grow in your lawn and gardens. Continue reading

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Under her wing.

Rhode Island Red chick, day old

“Mother’s gonna keep you right here under her wing.
She won’t let you fly, but she might let you sing.
Mama will keep baby cozy and warm.” – Pink Floyd

Hardy in all weathers, Rhode Island Reds don’t seem to mind the snow or the sun and are prolific egg layers, making them a popular backyard chicken where their dark red, almost mahogany feathers make a striking contrast to green pasture. They do, however, have a tendency to go ‘broody’, and this week one of her hens proudly presented us with five ginger chicks. Continue reading

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The Flower Moon of May

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The Flower Moon of May. This months newsletter from Blueberry Hills Farm. Continue reading

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How to know when to plant.

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Using signs from nature to know when to plant vegetables. Known as phenological gardening. Continue reading

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5 things anyone can do to help save the bees.

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Our honey bees need help. Here’s a list of 5 things that anyone can do to help them. If you can’t do them all, just choose one and start today. The bees will thank you for it. Continue reading

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How to use the changeable weather to make maple syrup quicker.

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes”…. Mark Twain

Mark Twain may just have easily said the same of Nova Scotia this past month. In the last few weeks we have experienced sunny days, warm enough to sit out on the deck, and blue skies, bright enough to bring the robins and chipmunks out of hibernation. There have been days we’ve let the wood stove go out and opened the windows wide to let the sunshine in. But those days were interspersed with fierce blizzards and wicked ice storms. Cold grey days and nor’easterly gales have left many of us winter weary and feeling cheated of spring.

Silver Laced Wyandotte and Rhode Island Red hens

Just hanging around waiting for spring!

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Sugar Sap Moon


March is the time of the Worm Moon or the Sugar Sap Moon. Our bees have been flying and the sap is running.

The full moon of March is sometimes called the Worm Moon, marking the end of winter and new beginnings as the earth begins to warm up and creatures stir. So, it seems an appropriate time to begin a newsletter. Continue reading

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Kicking up a Storm

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While I can always find plenty to do during snowy days, pigs are prone to boredom. Continue reading

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It’s easy to grow Stevia in your own garden.

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I have tried store-bought Stevia powder in the past and found that it left a strange ‘after taste’ in the mouth, but knowing that homegrown herbs always taste far superior to store-bought, I thought home grown Stevia would be better. It is! Continue reading

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Windsor Chairs…….straight from the log.

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Here’s the story of how we ended up living in Bear River, and how John started building Windsor chairs. Continue reading

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