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Mosquito Madness!

The mosquitos are worse than ever this year.  The minute I step out into my gardens, I am attacked by swarms.  Usually I am not bothered by these blood-lusting creatures.  Studies have shown that certain blood types are more pestered by mosquitos than others. Mosquitos are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted…

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CHEF NATHAN LYON

I had the joy of meeting Nathan Lyon last month when we were both speaking at a Master Gardeners Symposium in Indiana. Nathan is an Emmy nominated chef known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. He has hosted or co-hosted many television shows, including Growing A…

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A Wedding Machine – Goats!

Last week I discovered a brush-clearing business called Scapegoats, located just down the road from me in West Kennebunk, Maine. A team of seven goats help homeowners, municipalities and farmers tidy up fields, parks and yards by devouring invasive plants, including poison ivy and poison oak. Goats devour Japanese Knotweed and Asian bittersweet, but aren’t…

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Power-Up Your Garden Soil with Nutri-Mulch

I discovered this amazing, nutrient-rich, weed-smothering mulch after I moved to Maine. Coastal Maine Botanical Garden has been using it with great results. Nutri-Mulch has a rich dark color that doesn’t fade like many other mulches. Nutri-Mulch is one of the great earthlife products produced by Casella organics. Click here for more information about Nutri-Mulch.…

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Sale on 2018 Gardening Video Bundle

The 2018 Webinar Video Bundle is now for sale! Enjoy a wealth of practical gardening information and gorgeous pictures featured in this series. This year’s themes were: A Striking, Sustainable Flower Garden by Design; Beauty and the Beast: Bold and Fine Foliaged Plants Make Wonderful Dance Partners (additional striking foliage plants are also featured); Exceptional…

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All gardening books $18.50 each and FREE SHIPPING

Budget-Wise Gardener book cover

Yep, it’s that time of the year when I roll back prices on all of my gardening books for holiday gift-giving – including gifting yourself! HO! HO! HO! Any of my four books are only $18.50 each and include free shipping. This offer includes my newest book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, being released in early February,…

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Nutri-Mulch

I first learned about Nutri-Mulch when I discovered that Bill Cullina, Executive Director at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, uses this organic material on their display beds. That was good enough for me so I gave it a try. I could not be more pleased with how this rich dark material (undyed!) suppresses weeds, reduces water…

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