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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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September in the Garden

September 14, 2015
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There is something going on with my tomatoes this year. I’ve babied them right from the start making sure they had adequate organic compost and calcium (Quoddy Lobster Compost and pulverized eggshells) in their planting holes, fertilizing them on a regular basis (Lobster & Kelp fertilizer), and making sure they were given at least an […]

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August in the Garden

August 18, 2015
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August in the Garden At least a dozen times a week lately, the word “process” is spoken in our house. With this heat wave, the veggies are coming in fast & furious so that means processing what we can’t eat now so we that have organic produce for later in the year. Unfortunately, both methods […]

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The Opening Act

August 10, 2015
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Mid-July heralds in the most spectacular show of all pollinators, beautiful butterflies. It’s easy to attract them to your yard – just provide plants that offer nectar for the adults and foliage for their caterpillars to eat.

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Lettuce Inspire You!

July 8, 2015
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The last of the romaine and red-leaf lettuce are harvested and in the fridge awaiting the dinner table. The recent wave of hot temperatures caused the few remaining heads of lettuce in the raised bed garden to bolt (go to seed) and turn bitter tasting …. so into the compost pile they went. Every summer […]

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The First Week of July In the Garden

July 1, 2015
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July signals the end of planting season with all of the new plant additions safely tucked in to the garden beds. The next step is to mulch around the plants in order to cut down on time spent watering and weeding. If you’re looking for a better alternative to inferior bagged mulches offered by the […]

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June In The Garden

June 5, 2015
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I spent many hours this spring researching Kelp Meal, Fish Bone Meal, Lobster & Crab Meal and Alfalfa Meal. The reason? Because this summer, Coast of Maine will add these organic supplements to their product line!!!! You can’t believe how excited I am!! During my research, the topic of foliar feeding kept popping up. Foliar […]

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May in the Garden

May 4, 2015
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Perhaps the title above should be Mayhem in the Garden! Mother Natures’ mood swings and weather issues last month created chaos in my gardens. May will be spent mopping up all of the half finished and not-yet-started projects, but that’s OK with me. Any time I get to spend time in the gardens is a […]

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April in the Garden

April 1, 2015
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April is an amazing month as perennials and flowering bulbs emerge from the warming earth with fascinating speed. It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly plants grow from week to week. As I am writing this, there are still crusty patches of snow in the yard, it’s 32° outside and flurrying. When I […]

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CALCIUM AND CHITIN….WHY TOMATOES LOVE LOBSTER!

March 16, 2015
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All plants (especially tomatoes) need calcium to produce strong cell walls, which in turn help to protect the plants from attacks by pathogens which cause disease. In addition to fighting disease, calcium is also essential for enzyme activity, plant vigor and metabolism. One of the biggest plagues to tomato plants is blossom end rot. This […]

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