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By Sadie Lloyd Mudge | Apr 24, 2021
Photo by: Sadie Lloyd Mudge Herbs in one of the author's tea garden starter seedling kits.

Hello Waldo!

I am sure there are lots of folks here in Waldo who would love updates regarding matters that were discussed at the town meeting. I’d love to hear from members of the Board of Selectmen so I can share in this column! Feel free to reach out!

This cold windy spell is much less bothersome than it might otherwise be if winter were dragging its heels, but this year we’ve got daffodils in bloom (their cheerful heads bobbing around in these big gusts) and I have trays of chamomile that survived the cold nights outside. I even forgot a tray of artichokes outside one night and the seedlings were surprisingly just fine. Artichokes need a vernalization period in order to put out fruit (or flower) in our climate the first year. We can only grow artichokes as annuals here (unless you have them in a greenhouse) and it’s a laborious process, but boy is it worth it to have fresh chokes come August. We grow organic here and hopefully we will have some for sale this year!

The tea garden starter kit seedlings are almost ready. The picture above shows chamomile, lemon balm, and spearmint. I’m just waiting for the tulsi to catch up (it’s a fast grower so it shouldn’t be long). Let me know if you’re interested in one!

Bill Pieske reached out from the other side of town this week. He noted that the critter activity has noticeably increased lately; deer, porcupine, and turkeys are running about. He said that his game cam picked up two bobcats recently and it was the first time he had seen them there in 50 years. I am not surprised as we have a lot of bobcats this way (not only did I see three young ones in the road last fall while I was out walking, but in the wintertime when we go out skiing their tracks are everywhere).

I have noticed increased animal activity here, too, and not just on the dirt road. We had some-thing eat one of our overwintered chicory plants (an Italian raddichio that is delicious with a little white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thinly sliced onion) and we assumed it was a deer (the dread when you think deer are frequenting your garden!). A few days later a brown furry blob scuttled across the yard and it’s clear that our thief is actually a young groundhog.

Please feel free to share what is going on in your neighborhood and enjoy the dose of nice weather coming our way again!


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