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I bought quail eggs at the United Farmers Market of Maine from Honestleigh Acre Gardens, so I had to (try to) recreate Boda's impeccable Thai dish. I craved that dish regularly while living in Portland, Oregon, which led to a lot of recipe testing—and buying an ebelskiver cast iron pan. Little things like this make me feel very, very lucky.


Are Seedling Heat Mats Worth It for Maine Gardeners?

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You'll find dozens of online articles telling you in the cheeriest tone possible to start an indoor herb garden, but you have to go to Aubuchon Hardware to learn the real story. Now I don't know what to do: Should I buy a seedling mat, or will my plants will grow from seed indoors without one?

The experienced gardener at Aubuchon in Belfast said buying a heat mat is the secret to keeping indoor seedlings happy during the Maine winter. She said it really helps the roots develop, while the above-ground portion of the plant won't necessarily grow as much. As an aside, the main customer buying seedling heat mats is usually someone growing indoor marijuana.

But I just want to start an indoor herb garden... and then grow my plant starts in March or April. Seedling heat mats come in all sizes and wattages, but they aren't cheap. Any gardeners out there with personal experience with seedling heat mats? We keep our house between 68 and 58 degrees, and we live in hardiness zone …

Ravenous Travelers, Meet Ravenous Homesteader

I'm excited to announce a new department at Ravenous Traveler, Ravenous Homesteader. While Ravenous Traveler focuses on the best food, wine, and travel around the world, Ravenous Homesteader is all about living the good life in rural America.

Ravenous Homesteader will share my and my wife's attempts at starting a modern homestead on our 10-acre property in Maine. My parents were part of the back-to-the-land movement in the 1970s in Maine—a movement so large it appeared in American demographic statistics—so I grew up in a pretty unique alternative lifestyle. In returning to Maine, I hope to practice the sustainable, intentional, and, above all, delicious values they taught me. This means starting a garden in December and finding ways to reuse just about everything.

So stay tuned for lots of DIY adventures in Maine. Sign up for the Ravenous Homesteader newsletter and follow along on its related accounts—they'll be filled with content soon:

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