Author: Lorry

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A User’s Guide to Amazing Amaryllis

You want them. Of course, you want them. Who wouldn’t be starstruck by huge bodacious trumpet-shaped blossoms blaring with voluptuousness? We’re talking about totally nondescript plump bulbs that suddenly send out promising flower buds in a snap and then pop into performance like you wouldn’t believe. And all this is staged in the middle of […]
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Good Company

Eek! The landscape outdoors is paring down. Every day more plants shed their leaves and drop off the scene. We hear you: The loss of those layers is turning you blue. So, it’s time to seek solutions. You need to add volume indoors. Combo Containers How about bringing the concept of a layered landscape inside […]
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Outside In

Autumn sort of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? One week you’re dragging hoses outside in a heatwave to water all the plants on your porch. A few weeks later, you’re quickly running all those plants inside to protect them from predicted frosts. So sometimes, the process gets a little rushed. In fact, it’s frighteningly […]
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Midsummer Reboot

Phew! Welcome to the long, sizzling summer. If you’re identifying that the proverbial cat on a hot tin roof right now, just think how your plants feel. They’ve jumped the hoops through the heatwaves, they’ve been splashed by the hose several times daily, and they’ve been nearly drowned in multiple torrential thunderstorms. But they’ve weathered […]
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Porch Perennials

Sure, perennials are great in the garden. They come back faithfully every year (hopefully) and they grow more lush as time flies by. But not everyone has a garden. And even if you have many beds overflowing with plants, sometimes you just want some perennials close by. Sitting in the rocker on the front porch […]
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Play with your Food

You hunger to grow your own veggies. You want to slip out the back door whenever you hear the tummy rumble and harvest from your own personal crop of yummies. We get it. We know the feeling. By all means, when possible, devote some of your garden beds to supplying all things that will tantalize […]
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Herbs Spice Summer Up

  Summer is a heady time of year. Now is when your senses can revel in a field day discovering the Great Outdoors on all levels. And summer can always get spicier. Maximize your space, work with the warm weather to expand the potential of your garden to feed all your senses, and get the […]
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The More, the Merrier

If you love to garden, then you should be getting the most out of every square foot in your garden. Once you dig up a space (and aren’t we all continually adding beds?), plant it cheek to jowl. All sorts of reasons stand behind that practice. Plants love to live in communities and they are […]
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Raised Beds Raise the Bar

Raised beds are the way to go. Planting a raised bed is like putting all your hopes and dreams in a box. No matter if you’re growing veggies or cut flowers, when you are trying to push out a crop efficiently and reliably, raised beds are the best bet to make the magic happen. Although […]
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The Dahlias You Deserve

Admit it. You dream about dahlias. Every year, someone else brings a big fat bouquet of dahlias into the office, and every year you wish those dahlias were part of your backyard. Well, listen up, because we are going to bring those fantasy flowers into your reality. Not only are you going to finally get […]
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Spring Fling

  Spring is really, actually, truly happening! That means amorous frogs are chirping, the perennials are popping, buds are swelling, and you want to get out there and join the festivities. Well, here come some ideas to get your garden up to speed and perking along. Spring is probably the only time of year when […]
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Refreshing

    By the time early spring rolls around, we’re all a little winter weary. You’re ready for a shot of zing, and so are your plants. For you, spring break might do the job. For your tired houseplants, we’ve got just the pick-me-up picnic they need. Here come some ideas to breathe new life […]
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Feed Me!

It’s March! That means you’re suddenly being serenaded by peep frogs, amorous birdies, and antsy animals revving up for strong onslaughts of spring fever. But March has another sound entirely, and that’s the gurgle of watering cans as they deliver fertilizer to hungry houseplants. That’s right, March is when the houseplant feeding season begins. Although […]
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Spring Graduation

Been itching to hand out promotions to your houseplants? Graduation time is here! Spring is when houseplants begin making headway and root growth supported by the brighter (don’t we love that word?) light and longer days ahead. Give them the power to propel forward—start rallying your potting soil and containers to move them to more […]
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Transplanting your Seedlings

Congratulations! Your seeds sprouted! And you are now the proud parent of umpteen little green youngsters brandishing their first crisp young leaves and yearning to move upward and onward in life. Thanks to your TLC, your crop of seedlings is poised for a graduation, especially if you sowed your seeds into a “community pot.” Those […]
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The Seedier, the Better

Our goal right now is to keep you from climbing the walls with boredom. So, hear us out, because we’ve got a truly effective remedy for midwinter blahs. All you need is some Coast of Maine Sprout Island Blend Seed Starter, a few packets of seeds, and a pinch of patience. Put all those ingredients […]
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Makes Scents

Seeing is believing, it’s true. But you’ve got other senses that need to be fed, even when the garden is slumbering. How about catering to your sense of smell, for example. Think about it. Don’t you miss all those heady scents of the garden? Here’s an idea: Grow herbs in your windows. Herbs are a […]
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The Green Resolution

Your New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Greens. Our suggestion: Do it Indoors! Coast of Maine’s part of this picture: Provide nutritious organic soil to make it all happen. So, you promised yourself that 2022 would be a greener year for your diet. And like all resolutions, you want to jump in right away to make […]
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