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Author Archives: Julie Wortman

Cannellini beans!

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I harvested the cannellini beans this weekend and just finished shelling them. Almost six pounds. I’ll spread them out to dry well and then bottle them for use this winter: nothing like the creamy taste in soups or with garlic and rosemary and oh, maybe a spicy sausage on top. Getting ready for cooler weather….

Trying to tell a story

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We had a project that has taken our attention through much of the spring and summer. It’s been an evolving, unfolding project with many eddies of details. A difficult project to capture in photographs, and still in a raw, new stage. Overall the task as been to simplify the landscape, reflect the vague formality of […]


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Some days when I don’t have much energy but know I need to take care of some of the tasks always waiting around the place I just turn the compost pile. It needs to be turned. It takes around half an hour to do, maybe more depending on the size of the pile. And I […]

Adam’s latest rock project

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Last Fall the client built a barn, and had the contractor pile up rocks to retain the slope that had to be cut away for the barn. Let’s just say that one member of the household in particular was not happy with the look. So we tackled the project. First up was help from Doug […]

A screen and flowers for a wedding

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A question with outdoor weddings is often how to frame the couple couple getting married, to give some dimension to the vast outdoor space. Rather than a traditional arbor, this couple opted for an open screen. I made this rustic screen last week to stand behind them. And we added some Japanese maples and shrubs […]

Rockland breakwater

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My sister, Kay, and niece, Hannah have been visiting. We went out to the Rockland breakwater one of the days they were here. I spent most of my walk on this bright sunny day looking at shadows and rocks. circles and lines. Sometimes it’s the big picture; sometimes, the small. We didn’t get all the […]

Rice, ginger and artichokes

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This year I decided to try growing rice. Not in a paddy, but in a generally moist and rich area. I read an article in the MOFGA newsletter about growing Duborskian rice in Maine and decided to give it a whirl. I’m very excited: the plants are starting to head up and show rice! Now, […]