The excitement you get from pouring over seed catalogs can often leave you with a severely surplus wish list. This month's blog may help you whittle your flower selections down by clarifying some seed packet terminology.
From my kitchen window last week, I got an unexpected glimpse of coppery-orange. It took me a few seconds to realize it was the spidery, threadlike flowers of my Jelena Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) . This is the earliest this plant has ever bloomed, surely owing to the recent warm temperatures and abundant […]
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) […]
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 […]
At Coast of Maine we are constantly looking for ways to promote the independent garden centers who carry our products. Last year we started posting videos to the Facebook pages of those garden centers. You may have seen a few on your Facebook page. The results have been wonderful. Views of our videos are way […]
One of our longtime customers, Nathan Russell from Granite Gardens in Tenants Harbor, Maine called to place his order the other day. Nathan uses his own truck to pick up our compost products for his garden center. Although it is beautiful, the ride is over 3 hours to our composting and bagging facility in Marion, Maine. […]
Independent retailers are constantly challenged with deciding on what products to carry. Does the product represent their business philosophy? Does it have enough intrinsic value and brand recognition to maintain good margins? Is the packaging attractive and informative? Is the product quality and availability good and consistent? In short does the product increase the bottom […]