Weekend Warriors- April 2018

Its been a crazy month- we’ve still been solidly locked into winter weather with a very slow melt of the snow all around our area. But we have kept ourselves busy, because that helps pass the time even tho winter seems to be moving along at a crawl.

The first half of the month was all wind rain and dreariness, but the last portion was filled with beautiful sunny 60 degree days that made it feel like we’ve finally made it to the other side.

We’ve cleaned our greenhouse addition out of winter storage mode and started seeds! Here we have 5 varieties of tomatoes, a husk cherry tomatillo, winter squashes, pumpkins, marigolds, calendula, echinacea, broccoli, cabbages, peppers, and some herbs.

On a 50 degree day it gets about 90 in our greenhouse so we keep an eye on our thermometer and open windows and doors accordingly.

And mrgillis and my dad built me a hay barn addition onto the side of the alpaca barn. It still needs to be weather proofed and given some sort of door, but for now we have other more pressing projects.


also they’ve been hard at work on the kitchen in the shed. they’ve finished the walls, put down the sub floor, the laminant flooring.

They have also framed out our counter and added the top.


I spent a good portion of a day cleaning up the yard of the debris that always seems to appear post winter – random trash, lots of fallen wood… we have a helluva burn pile started.

And now its the end of the month- we have basically no snow left and sprouts up and about in our greenhouse. The next big deal was getting our electric fencing up for our piggies and building them a shelter. Which we got a really good start on already.

All that’s left really is building the shelter which will be tonights project – because tomorrow we are driving to Ashland, the home of Aroostook Fiber Works, and we’ll be picking up our YARN! More about that in another blog tho.

So that about catches us up to what has been going on- Until next time, have a wicked good day!






Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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