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How Did We Help Long Beach, NY Recover From Hurricane Sandy?

The following letter was sent to the staff of New England Arbors by someone intimately involved in a post-Hurricane Sandy recovery project for Long Beach, New York. “Long Beach New York: Establishing a new “look and feel” to the West End Three years ago Long Beach New York was battered by Hurricane Sandy. This ocean-front City … Continued


Dust off that tomato

We’re talking heirloom plants. An Heirloom plant is one that may have been commonly grown in the past, but is not commercially grown in modern agriculture. Why do people plant Heirloom varieties? Exceptional Taste – Modern varieties sacrifice taste , for commercial viability (being able to be gas ripened.) Whereas Heirloom vegetables were saved because … Continued


These facts are Bananas!

In researching composting heavy hitters, there seemed to be not only a lot of uses, but a lot of interesting facts about Bananas. Botanically, Bananas are Berries The vivid yellow colour consumers normally associate with supermarket bananas is caused by an artificial ripening process. Bananas can be ordered by the retailer “ungassed” (i.e. not treated with … Continued

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How to find a pergola installer

How To Find an Installer for Your New England Arbor or Pergola: The beauty of our arbors and pergolas is that they are very DIY friendly, which means the average homeowner can install our vinyl pergolas or arbors with a bit of time and determination. However, we do have customers who want our pergolas but aren’t able to install … Continued


The Three Sisters

It’s not Olga, Maria and Irina, or even the Kardashians, but the symbiotic partnership between corn, pole beans and squash. This works because the pole beans climb the tall corn stalks, while helping secure the stalk since corn’s roots are shallow. Squash leaves provide living mulch to the other two plants, helping them retain moisture. … Continued

Brussels Sprouts maple and bacon

Your kids will fight over these Brussels sprouts.

Brussels sprouts have long been a ‘guaranteed leftover’ for many years – until now. Check out this mind-blowing Brussels sprouts recipe.   Ingredients 5 Bacon strips, chopped 1 pound fresh brussels sprouts, trimmed 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt   1/4 teaspoon pepper … Continued


Dirt Fix

Dirt Fix There’s no reason you can’t garden anywhere – regardless of whether you live in a house with a huge yard, or an apartment with a balcony and an unhelpful dachshund. While not everyone has the space to grow pumpkins, even the minutest patio can hold a few pots for fresh spinach or beautiful … Continued

Sugar Snap Peas

Nitrogen Fixing in Peas

During the second week of April and observing the last quarter of the lunar cycle, we planted some sugar snap peas.  Peas are a member of the legume family, including beans, clover, vetch and alfalfa for example.  These peas are cold-tolerant and can be planted (direct sown) in prepared soil up to five weeks before … Continued

New England Lobster Traps

Magical New England – Morning

Yesterday my daughter turned 2 – or so it seems.  Today we are dropping her off as she starts her first year of university.  Time flies, and passes far too quickly. She will be attending SSU – Canada’s smallest university – located in St. Stephens, New Brunswick.  St. Stephens is quite literally a stone’s throw away from Calais, … Continued


Things you can Compost.

It is estimated that about 24% of your daily waste can be composted. Over the year this can equate to nearly 500 lbs of compostable material that you could ultimately use for your garden! In addition, composting reduces what goes to the landfill resulting in less greenhouse gasses. When composting, try to alternate in layers … Continued