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Succulent Care

Succulent Care While succulents have gained a reputation for being hardy, they’re not indestructible! Read below for tips on keeping your succulents happy, healthy and thriving. Remember that succulents are desert plants and love their sunshine. Provide as much natural sun light as you are able. Don’t over water! Succulents should be watered only when the soil has dried out completel...
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Choosing the Perfect Pumpkin

Choosing the Perfect Pumpkin October is here, and while fall has already ushered in pumpkin spiced lattes, cookies, and everything else imaginable, it’s time to pick out an actual pumpkin for your fall display. Below are some tips on how to pick out the perfect pumpkin courtesy of Estabrook’s Whether you're looking to carve the ultimate Jack-O-Lantern or simply dress up your front st...
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Fall Planting for Springtime Blooms

A well-known adage is “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”; gardening does require patience and hope while you wait for the moment your hard work and plans come to fruition. Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to plan, plant and wait for your spring garden. September is the perfect time to begin getting ready for early spring flowers. Hardy bulbs (or spring bulbs) like tulips, and cro...
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Learning Fun for Everyone!

A new school year is here, however expanding your knowledge of horticulture and gardening can be a year round endeavor for any person at any age. Whether you’re looking for educational resources for children or adults, we have some great options below.     For Children: Teach ME about Food and Farming Teach ME about Food and Farming offers agricultural lesson plans for ...
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Plant for Pollinators

Pollinators like bees, moths, hummingbirds, butterflies, and various other insects that contribute to Maine’s plants completing their reproductive cycle. As pollinators bounce from plant to plant taking their nectar they collect and leave behind pollen. It’s with this pollen that plants can produce flowers, fruits, or nuts. If you are looking for plants to support your local pollinators, there ...
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Shop Local This Summer!

      As summer approaches and Maine’s stay at home order slowly lifts, now more than ever is the perfect time to support your local independent garden store! You can spruce up your gardens and support a local business all at the same time. Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping locally: Gives You Access To Local Experts: When you shop at a local nur...
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Breathe Easy with Houseplants

Thanks to Estabrook’s for permission to repost! Is your house starting to feel a bit "stuffy"? Houseplants not only add colorful cheer to your home, they also offer many health benefits, including purifying the air you breathe every day. Below are a few reasons to fill your home with houseplants that you may not be aware of: Cleaner Air With the amount of time you spend indoors ...
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“Intelligent Tinkering” – How to Boost Biodiversity at Home (Leopold’s Wise Words Part 2)

Thanks to Deborah Perkins of First Light Wildlife Habitats for permission to repost! "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." — Aldo Leopold, 1949 In my last blog post, I wrote about Aldo Leopold (the father of wildlife ecology),  carnivore coexistence, and his “thinking like a mountain” quote. This follow-up post springs from another one...
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Considering Winter Conditions While Planting

Thanks to Estabrook's for permission to repost! Sometimes in the fair weather of spring and summer our quest to "cover that foundation" or "get it in the ground" can get ahead of us. Snow from roofs, wind, rain and water run-off are all important considerations at the time of planting. The best way to avoid damage to plants is to allow enough room between structures and plants to all...
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Improving Your Winter Landscape

Thanks to Estabrook’s for permission to re-post. Does your winter garden picture lack a little something? Winter garden structure, whether provided by ornamental trees, shrubs, or structural perennials can both attractively block unsightly views and create new ones. Use the following tips to identify those areas of your garden that are less than inspiring and then make a plan to improv...
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