FREE FOOD

Spring Chickweed Spring Stinging Nettles One of the many things I love about spring is that I can forage for more food. While there is wild foraging to be done in the winter, New England weather makes that a challenge. Right now, chickweed and stinging nettles are growing in my yard and I am so happy. When we allow natural plants and weeds to grow in our yards, we are providing ourselves with free food. As the temperatures begin to warm, I will speak about other wonderful, edible weeds but for now, let me introduce you to these two fabulous plants. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a small but mighty plant that can be found growing any time of year, even below the snow! Its leaves are tear

MARCHING INTO SPRING…COUGH!

Thyme I love March. Not just because it’s my birth month, but because it is unique. March has two seasons, winter and spring. Unlike December, which has autumn and winter that often look the same, March has the promise of change. Cold and snowy one day and warm (50’s F) and sunny another, it is a roller coaster ride. I find myself digging through snow and old leaves looking for those first shoots of spring. Unfortunately, with this changeable weather come coughing, sneezing, upset stomachs and fevers. Viruses seem to run through schools and offices like the bull run of Pamplona. If we believe the commercials, we can take an over-the-counter medication that masks our symptoms and get

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