——— July 2014
Well, our grain room just got more grain… and lots of it… but this time it is not for the chickens. We have just added 40+ varieties of specialty grains and 6 base grains for homebrewing. Why? Because we love it! It is easy to get hooked on homebrewing. It is fun and easy to make, delicious to drink, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Want to learn more? Come to one of our brew workshops, either Intro to Brewing, where you will learn how to brew with kits, or Intro to All Grain Brewing where you will take your homebrews one step further by mashing your own grains. Also, join the BrewFarm homebrew club for brew-related discussion and fun. It is just a bunch of good people having a good time making great beer. Our next mission: the first annual cranberry beer contest. Think you have a great idea for a beer that utilizes Cape Cod’s finest fruit? Then enter the contest this fall, check back for more details soon.
The NewFarm Family
——– June 2014
It is mantis time! June is the perfect month to pick up a praying mantis egg at NewFarm. Place your egg outside in a sheltered spot and wait 2-8 weeks for your 100-200 mantises to hatch. Or, if you want to be sure of their birth date, place the egg in a paper bag with a clip on it in a sunny window and check regularly until you see baby mantises scurrying around, then go scatter them in the garden. They will go to work immediately, eating all of your garden pests and will continue to do so for the rest of the season, tackling larger and larger pests as they grow! So what are you waiting for? Get hatching!
——– April 2014
Planning your garden? Check out this great app from Seed Saver’s Exchange:
With this garden planner you can choose from over 180 plants (or add your own custom selections), move plants around to find the best arrangement, and get detailed information about each plant such as the space it needs, when to plant it, and when to harvest it. You can add notes about different varieties and receive reminders twice a month about what needs to be planted or harvested. Finally, you can store your information for next year so that you know what crops will need to be rotated and where the best place to plant them the following year will be.
I can’t wait to give this a try. It sure beats my crazy pen sketches on scraps of paper which I always mistakenly end up recycling before I can actually use them.
The garden planner is free to use for 30 days, no credit card required, and $25 a year after that if you fall in love and want to have it always.