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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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Feed the soil, not the plants!

March 22, 2016
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By Sue Lavallee As the weather warms and my thoughts turn to starting up the vegetable gardens again, I know that the garden task that’s always on the top of my list needs to be done soon. Topdressing the garden beds with compost! This crucial step replaces the much-needed organic matter that is depleted every […]

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November in the Garden

November 23, 2015
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One last vegetable garden task remains. Thanksgiving is a just a few days away and while our late Fall weather has been relatively mild, we’ve still had some nights where the thermometer has dipped slightly below freezing. Which is completely survivable….if you’re a carrot 🙂 I usually wait to harvest the bulk of the carrot […]

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October in the Garden

October 8, 2015
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Too much thyme on your hands? As the temperatures dip into the 40’s at night, my thoughts turn to wrapping up the vegetable garden before the frost hits. Beets need to be harvested and canned, and the carrots are sized up but I’ll leave them in the garden for now because a few frosts will […]

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