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Hydrangea Q&A

What a glorious summer for big leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla). They seem to be everywhere! Most of us haven’t seen our flowers since 2013 yet the plants kept on growing. Some gardeners even forgot about them. Now come the questions. Here are some of the most common ones from the past few weeks. How come […]
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INSECT WARS

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

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!

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!

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

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 we Make Lobster Compost

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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Tomato time!

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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