The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex

Xena and Penelope were very cool chickens. Xena was a complete lap chicken. She hopped the fence every day from the first spring melts to the first blizzard. She’d spend her days scratching in the yard, happy to be picked up and carried around. They say not to have favorites in your hen house- andContinue reading “The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex”

Operation SOS – Save our Strawberries: Part 1

As previously mentioned – this is a last ditch effort to see if we can save the very neglected and badly planned strawberry garden. We already knew we lost over half the plants in between planting and year two- pretty disappointing. Last year we weeded them out – once- and it just wasn’t enough toContinue reading “Operation SOS – Save our Strawberries: Part 1”

2020 Homestead Goals

I am so late on this But it’s better late then never- just in time for summer – our 2020 goals blog! Turns out that because of the late timing of this blog, we’ve already been able to accomplish a bit on some of these. So as to condense blogs I’ll be giving short updatesContinue reading “2020 Homestead Goals”

Raising Pigs for Meat: The Second Time Around

A look into our second year of raising pigs for meat on our small homestead in Maine.

Homestead Update – January & February 2019

A recap for the months of January and February of 2019 at Gillis Gardens, LLC.

The Cost of: Beginner Beekeeping

A Breakdown of our First Purchase of Beekeeping Equipment and How Much It Cost.