If you're sprouting some seeds, or trying to build strong roots, or looking for something to do with extra maple sap, these food and gardening ideas may be of help.
Cora May Howe of Bennington, Vermont sent us an unusual seed starting tip. She places several garden seeds on top of an unglazed brick, and covers them with a small bit of soil. She then puts the brick in a tray of shallow water and sets the whole thing in a suitably dark spot. The brick soaks up moisture gradually to keep the seeds watered.
In some northern locations, now's a good time to tap homestead maple trees and make some delicious syrup! And while you're at it, you can make some of the tasty ice-pop treats that Denise Entin of Carmel, New York wrote to tell us about. It seems Denise takes maple sap that hasn't quite been boiled down to the syrup stage, and pours this liquid into popsicle holders to freeze. The Empire Stater claims the pops are delicious!