Deviled Eggs Ala Gillis – So Baconated.

  At Gillis Gardens, we almost always have an abundance of eggs. Even after losing 2/3 of our flock earlier this year, we still get about 2 and a half dozen eggs every week. This means, have a family reunion? We bring eggs. In the past, we’ve always brought a jar of our (locally famous)…

We got a wood chipper! 

It’s used but it’s in great condition And we only paid 50 bucks for it! MrGillis has already gone and bought the bagged attachment for it – a well invested $60 on top. The duct tape is to help keep it sealed better, but after an inspection MrGillis seems to think that it’s no big…

Planting Garlic

When we moved to the new homestead, we all of a sudden had a huge side yard to plant a garden in. This year we’ve really been able to go full out on some planting projects. A very exciting first for us? GARLIC! That there is 2 different varieties, both bought solely for the reason…

Picking and Freezing Strawberries.

  Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to drive up the road a good bit to go get strawberries.   We have to travel about 50 miles one way to go pick and usually we go to town and get 30+ quarts. This year, Izzy couldn’t quite handle the excitement and we only…

Homesteading Dreams – Goals For Gillis Gardens.

  (This blog is really more for me- I am a consummate list maker.) This will be an ongoing blog detailing our goals and dreams, both large and small for Gillis gardens. Trust me, there are a lot. So here it goes- Production kitchen for boiling sap and making canned goods, tinctures and oils (because…

The Great Chick Transition

So, the time has come- We have put the newest members of our flock outside, full time. In order to facilitate this in the least stressful manner, we have built them their own separate mini coop and divided the fence so the big girls can get used to them. MrGillis built this coop for under…

Strawberry Fields Aplenty- well for right now.

  WE PLANTED STRAWBERRIES! LOOK! THEY’RE ALREADY GROWING! We dug out a long trench, lined it with some good garden soil from Maine’s very own Coast Of Maine line, lined them up and down the row and filled them in. We are trying to decide if we want to go the traditional route of straw…

How to raise friendly chickens

Here at Gillis Gardens, we believe in happy, friendly animals. We believe that, with the right care any animal can become easy to handle and some even enjoy it. So here are my top 5 tips to creating an unbreakable bond with your flock. Seriously, start young- This is the big one. Just as soon…

The chicks are here!

After a long couple of days- we are proud to announce the arrival of 11 new family members! It was originally supposed to be 15- but our Brahmas were canceled…. then it was supposed to be 13 but the trip was to much for one little polish and one little salmon faverolle. Hoovers Hatchery has…