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We have been nurturing a "meadow" in our yard for several years now...those of
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Last year I was delighted to see that lupines had grown spontaneously in one
section of the meadow.  No doubt seeds that were blown in (or brought in by bird
droppings). But this year they are no where to be seen.  Instead, we're finding an
abundance of milkweeds, which we're delighted to have (and the monarch
butterflies will too).  However, this year I've  noticed our beloved meadow is
changing in other ways and looks like it wants to revert back to a forest.  And
exotic invasive species -- like spiderworts plants -- are threatening to take over.
We have been yanking up maple and other saplings, and dousing unwanted
plants with boiling water in an effort to keep it as we want it -- a meadow.  
Nothing stays the same in much as we so desperately want it to.  ~M.
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May 31, 2008
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This Week:

Spinning a Future: Maine's

Goat Cheese Biscuits

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This Week's Stories:

Feature: Spinning a Future: Maine's Barlettyarns
For nearly two centuries, farmers from around the Northeast have been flocking
to Bartlettyarns where their herd's fleeces are spun into skeins of soft yet strong
yarn. And since the 1980s, New Hampshire farmer Lindsey Rice II has been one
such shepherd, bringing the raw wool from his 50-head of sheep to the rural
Harmony, Maine mill several times each year and returning with yarn to sell at
his family's farm shop.

Recipe: Jenny Tapper's Goat Cheese Biscuits
I hope when you prepare and enjoy these farm biscuits you think of this
beautiful farm and the happy, hard working couple who make it a success.

From our Archives: Choose Native Plants for your New England Landscape
The term “wildflower” can be misleading because it implies that those plants
will grow with much less care than non-native plants. While this is true in some
cases, native plants, like all plants, will thrive if some attention is given to their
needs during planting time, and beyond.
While “low maintenance” has been a marketing term used by some companies to
promote sales, there are other, more important reasons, to choose native plants
for your garden.

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