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 […]
As we begin our 20th year and my 9th year at Coast of Maine I thought it would be a good time to reflect on why I work here and what I have learned. I was intrigued with Coast of Maine story when my friend Pete Bottomley approached me in regard to a possible job […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The goddess of everything green, Sue Lavallee, gives us great tips on November gardening.
With the recent proliferation of high cost, handcrafted, organically approved soils in the urban gardening market, gardening consumers are more aware of what ingredients combine to make a healthy environment for plants to thrive. Coast of Maine has been making handcrafted compost blends since 1996 using marine residuals, like lobster shells, that are rich in […]