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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape
Rose, coneflower, bee-balm, and milkweed ready for larger pots

Caring for your Native Seedlings

by Heather McCargo • July 1, 2017

How to grow them over the summer and plant into their permanent home in the fall You have successfully germinated some native seeds and have small pots or flats filled with baby plants. Now what do you do? I recommend . . . Read More »

Return of the Meadow

Return of the meadow

by Heather McCargo • January 5, 2017

Meadows are beautiful dynamic habitats with rich populations of plants and animals, and unfortunately, they have been reduced substantially in the last 50 years. Contributing to their decline is the tractor mower which makes it very easy for everyone to . . . Read More »

Native seed planting equipment

Autumn and Winter Seed Sowing in Six Easy Steps

by Heather McCargo • November 9, 2016

6 easy steps for autumn and winter planting Fall and winter are the best times to sow native seeds. In Maine, the yearly cycle for seed ripening and germination is different from common garden and vegetable seeds. Many native seeds . . . Read More »

Seed bombs

Native Seed Bombs – Dispersing seeds with guerilla action

by Heather McCargo • October 3, 2016

There is something satisfying about the idea of tossing seeds of wild flowers or trees into an impoverished area with the hope that it will magically turn into a flowery meadow or forest. After all, seeds scatter in nature by . . . Read More »

Navigating the nurseries: how to find native plants

by Heather McCargo • May 2, 2016

Finding plants to purchase can be challenging for native species enthusiasts. Small local growers of nursery stock have nearly disappeared, and today many nurseries purchase plants that have been propagated and grown somewhere else. More often than not, nurseries are . . . Read More »

Seed dispersal: growing the future landscape one seed at a time

by Heather McCargo • September 9, 2015

Toward the end of summer, the seeds of many native plants in Maine begin to ripen and disperse, even some that bloomed back in the spring. People are often surprised to hear how much time can pass between when a . . . Read More »

Managing Meadows and Lawns for Beauty and Biodiversity

by Heather McCargo • June 26, 2015

MEADOWS In the summertime, meadows are buzzing with life. Vegetation is tall and verdant, many species of flowering plants are blooming, and sex and child rearing are in full swing among plants and animals. A meadow is a rich habitat . . . Read More »

Where the Wild Things Are: Pink Lady Slipper Orchids and Poachers

by Heather McCargo • June 12, 2015

Some of our most beautiful native plants do not belong in our gardens. When you see them for sale in a nursery, they are more often than not dug from the wild. The most common species collected in the wild . . . Read More »