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INSECT WARS

June 16, 2017
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It’s that time of year again. By now you should be dealing with various garden and landscape pests. They  take many forms: some are invasive plants which will continue to proliferate as a result of our recent abundant rain. Some will be weeds — defined as plants which grow in places you don’t want them […]

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Raised Bed Gardening

May 1, 2017
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Why garden in raised beds?  Because there are so many benefits! You don’t need a large patch of fertile land and no sod removal needed. Better control of your soil composition, health and fertility. Better drainage during prolonged periods of rainy weather. No root rot issues and less fungal diseases affecting the roots. Easier to […]

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SO MANY TREES, SO LITTLE SPACE!

April 25, 2017
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When you’re famished for early season color, spring flowering bulbs come to the rescue. But then one quickly moves on to appreciate the more impressive flowering trees. Trees can and do provide more than just leaves and one “flash in the pan,” so to speak. Spring flowers, fragrance, fall color and winter interest are just […]

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IT’S POPPY TIME!

April 3, 2017
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What‘s a gardener to do when you look out the window but the weather just won’t let you get serious about planting anything yet? You put in breadseed poppies, officially Papaver somniferum. Yep — the same ones that show up on bagels and all other sorts of food. Except this time they turn into magnificent […]

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Seeds Are Not Just For The Birds

February 21, 2017
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by Lorraine Ballato Did you hear that starting gun? Yup! It’s time once again to get your hands dirty. This time, however, it will be from dipping into bags of seed starting materials, not the frozen earth outside your door. If you’re planning to grow things from seed, this is the month to get yourself […]

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How our compost ingredients assist in growing healthy plants!

December 22, 2016
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Earthworm Castings are full of biologically activated minerals and rich source beneficial soil biology. Some describe it as “nature’s perfect plant food” and an exceptional form of humus. They improve root growth & structure and enrich your soil with beneficial micro-organisms. Lobster and Crab Shells are rich in calcium and chitin to help make plants […]

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How we Make Lobster Compost

July 14, 2016
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The story behind how we make Quoddy Lobster Compost at Coast of Maine is truly fascinating! We don’t know of any other compost produced with such high quality residuals and careful attention to the composting process. In this article, I share our special recipe and teach you a little about the steps for making great […]

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Tired of the “same ole, same ole”?

July 6, 2016
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I’m always looking to find new things to try to grow in the vegetable garden. One year it was peanuts, another year it was lima beans and this year it’s sweet potatoes. In March, I went online to research varieties that would do well in my northern location (right on the 6a / 5b line) […]

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Tomato time!

June 9, 2016
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Last week I was finally able to find the time to plant the tomatoes! I had started them from seed indoors under plant lights in early April. They were seeded in 6-packs and grew quickly…probably because the plant rack is only a few feet away from the toasty woodstove. After 5 weeks I bumped them […]

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What’s old is new again….

April 26, 2016
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Today was the perfect planting day! 60’s and sunny with just enough breeze to keep the pesky black flies away 🙂 With so many gardening projects ahead of me, I was out of the door early and on a mission. First on my list was to plant the potatoes. We had a fairly good harvest […]

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