Q: How do you use the Coast of Maine seed starter?
A: To use the Coast of Maine seed starter, begin by filling clean seed trays or small pots with the specially formulated soil mix, ensuring it is evenly distributed and lightly compressed. Sow seeds at the appropriate depth, following the recommendations on the seed packet. Gently cover the seeds with soil and water them carefully, using a fine mist or spray to avoid disturbing the seeds.
Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, as this can lead to damping-off or rot. Place the trays or pots in a warm, well-lit area to encourage healthy seedling growth. Once seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger containers or directly into the garden, depending on their specific requirements.
Q: Can you reuse seed starter soil?
A: While it's generally better to use new soil for seed starting, some gardeners have been successful using older soil for their plants. However, keep in mind that reusing soil might not provide the same nutrients and benefits as fresh soil.
Q: Can you use Coast of Maine potting soil for vegetables?
A: Yes, Coast of Maine potting soil is suitable for growing vegetables. Their organic soil blends are designed to support healthy plant growth and development, making them ideal for a variety of plants, including vegetables.
Q: Does Coast of Maine have perlite?
A: Coast of Maine offers a blend of coir and perlite, which has been a popular choice for hydroponic growers. Their unique blend includes lobster meal and kelp meal, adding life and energy to this growing media.
Q: Is Coast of Maine hot soil?
A: Coast of Maine offers a range of organic soils, some of which may be considered "hot" or nutrient-rich. Their organic seed starting soil is not hot and is great for starting seeds in.
Q: Is there an expiration date for Coast of Maine soils?
A: There is no expiration date for Coast of Maine soils. As long as unopened bags are stored in a cool, dry place, they can be used for several years.
Q: Can I use a bag of leftover soil next year? Will the biology survive if it freezes in an unheated garage over the winter?
A: Yes, you can use leftover soil next year. Just make sure to fold or roll the bag over tightly to retain moisture and store it in a cool, dry place, such as a garage. The soil should still be suitable for use, even if it freezes over the winter.
Q: How is Coast of Maine Brands responding to concerns about peat sustainability?
A: Coast of Maine soils have historically contained varying amounts of peat moss depending on the specific product and are aware of the ongoing debate surrounding the sustainability of peat harvesting. Although most of the peat moss they use comes from Canada, where only 0.03% of the 280 million acres of Canadian peatlands are being harvested, they recognize the importance of reducing our dependence on this resource.
As a result, they are decreasing the volume of peat moss in their soil recipes and replacing it with a combination of materials, including compost, aged bark fines, and wood fibers. This change may result in a noticeable difference in the texture of their mixes, which might require adjustments to watering practices according to plant needs. Nevertheless, this shift enables them to become more sustainable while maintaining the high-quality products customers have come to expect from their brand.