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Notes from the Heart...
The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #130 ~ October 22, 2006
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England Marketplace:
Greetings from The Heart of  New England!

Feature of the Week:
Old Cemeteries
A Subscriber Shares the Secret of his
Maine Garden

In Season Recipe:
Butternut Squash Soup

Mark Your Calendar:
SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston)

Don't Miss October Prize of the Month:
Win a "Legends, Ghosts and Graves"  Tour in Portsmouth, NH

Worth Quoting

"God hides things by putting them near us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Print of the Week: Greetings from New Hampshire
Notes from my back porch...

Those of you who garden in hillsides of northern New England
understand all too well why the original settlers packed their farming gear
in frustration and headed west.  However this week, a subscriber wrote
from his Maine home about the method he used to create a garden, despite
poor growing conditions:

"I am a native New Englander who has lived every
New England state.   I now reside in New Portland
Maine and this past season is the first time since
1969 I have been able to have a vegetable garden.  

The soil where I live varies from dense silty/clay-ey/
stoney/hydric soil to silty/loamy/stoney.  I decide
to try raised beds to deal with hydric factor; using
my backhoe I broke up the dense soil structure to
1+ bucket depth and added 2'' minus gravel for
drainage.  Using dead fall spruce & fir trees I built
my raised beds setting the logs on 'stone
foundation'.  Then inside the bed frames I used
organic compost from Living Acres Farm in New Sharon, ME;
it was like having a garden on steroids!

"Even at this late date I have yet to have a frost and things are still puttering
along. This is due to being just below the top of the hill at 1000' elevation
coupled with being on the south side of the hill.  This gives the vegetables
and the flowers a kind of extended season.  Typically the flowers last until
the first sleet/snow storm."

So there you have it...another innovative New Englander making due
despite less-than-ideal circumstances :)

More Stories This Week:

"Fall in New England means hot soups now will replace the cold ones we
prefer in the summer, and
Butternut Squash Soup is our favorite; velvety
smooth, it’s even the color of fall. With a food processor or a food mill it is
easy to make, and it can be made a day or two ahead, a convenience when
Click here for Butternut Squash Soup recipe...

"I grew up near a cemetery and my family thought nothing of packing a
picnic lunch, finding a sunny spot, and leaning up against a Mr. or Mrs.
Somebody who had long departed the world we knew.  They're quiet, the
dead, and they don't mind sharing their final patches of earth.  The Upper
Valley of New Hampshire is flush with old graveyards, as is much of
Northern New England, and can provide a unique glimpse into the lives and
deaths of people who tread here before..."  
Click here for story about New Hampshire & Vermont's old cemeteries...


Mark Your Calendars for SNOB "Somewhat North of Boston" Film Festival
On Wednesday, November 8th, SNOB presents two films that will strike a
chord with anyone who has ever hiked up a mountain in the Granite State.  
Winter Walk chronicles seven otherwise conventional people who spend 59
days snowshoeing along the wilderness of a frozen river in Northern
Quebec.  The hilarity of how to make it through a night of minus-40 degree
temperatures is not to be missed.  Southbounders adds a touch of misfit
romance to a fictional story of a woman who meets two men while hiking the
Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.  On Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. at
The Barley House will be a trip of a different sort… American Beer takes
viewers to 38 micro-breweries across the country in a film that is more about
beer lovers than beer.  
Click here for more about SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) film festival...

For more Northern New England events for this month visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

Thanks for stopping by The Heart of New England & see you next week!

PS -- Don't forget to enter October's giveaway -- Win eight tickets to New
England Curiosities' "Legends, Ghosts & Graves Tour" in Portsmouth, NH
(a $120 value!)
Click here to enter today!

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