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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

Sponge Landscapes: Absorbing rain water back into the earth with native vegetation

March 2, 2022 • Anna Fialkoff •  Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
How do we make our built landscapes as spongy as possible? Native plants attract butterflies, bees and birds while helping absorb rainwater back into the earth. Virtually any space that isn’t paved can be planted: this includes yards, sidewalk hellstrips, between pavers, and around community gardens. Read on for several ways to maximize your landscapes “spongability” with native plants.

Native Hedges and Hedgerows: Beauty and Biodiversity

June 15, 2019 • Heather McCargo •  Ecological Landscape Alliance
A native hedge will bring beauty and vitality to your landscape. While a fence may be a great solution in a tight space, shrubs can be planted to create a “living fence” for enclosure, privacy, and beauty. Shrubs add three-dimensional diversity to a landscape and provide important year-round habitat for fauna such as birds, pollinating insects, and other small creatures.

Native Beauty: Why Native Plants Matter

May 16, 2019 • Heather McCargo • Green & Healthy Maine Homes
Many people are hearing the call to plant natives, but there is a lot of confusion about how to do it and why it matters. This article demonstrates the crucial ecological benefits native plants provide, introduces species well-suited to Maine, and provides maintenance tips to help ensure a robust native landscape.

Growing Ramps from Seed

Winter 2016-2017 • Heather McCargo • MOFGA
Ramps are a delicious wild edible food beloved by chefs and locavores. Also known as wild leeks (Allium tricoccum), they are a member of the onion family and are a perennial woodland wildflower native to the eastern deciduous forest from Canada to Georgia and west to the prairie states.

Agroforestry with Plants of the Eastern Deciduous Forest: Permaculture with a Native Twist

Summer 2019 • Heather McCargo • The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
Diversifying a farm with trees and shrubs not only produces a valuable harvest and shady foraging area, but also provides the ideal growing environment for high-value woodland medicinal herbs.

Creating Native plant Corridors for Pollinators and Wildlife

Winter 2014-2015 • Heather McCargo • MOFGA

Establishing a Native Plant Nursery 

Fall 2015 • Heather McCargo • MOFGA

Sowing Native Seeds

August 2016 • Heather McCargo • UMAINE: Maine Home Garden News
The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of common garden and vegetable species. Most gardeners think of spring as the time to sow seeds, but for most native plants in Maine fall to early winter is the best time.

Want to make Portland greener? Change the Land Use Code

October 23, 2018 • Liam McNiff
The city of Portland is currently undertaking the first major rewrite of its Land Use Code in forty years. The rewrite represents a major opportunity for the city to drastically improve the ecological infrastructure of the city through several no- and low-cost changes that would improve life in Portland for plants, animals, and people.

Hellstrip Plantings:Creating Habitat in the Space Between the Sidewalk and the Curb

May 15, 2018 • Heather McCargo • Ecological Landscape Alliance

Planting Native Shade Trees 

June 15, 2020 • Julia Frederick • Ecological Landscape Alliance
Shade trees are more important than ever as we face rapid development and suburban sprawl, deforestation and desertification. These gentle giants help combat rising temperatures, habitat loss and declining air and water quality.