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Local Vendor Spotlight: Neptune’s Harvest

Neptune’s Harvest (a division of Ocean Crest Seafoods, Inc., established in Gloucester in 1965), was started in 1986 an as endeavor to utilize fresh fish scraps left behind after the filleting process. When a fish is filleted, the process of removing the edible portion of the fish leaves behind 70% of the actual fish! Years ago, the scraps left behind were brought out to sea and dumped back into the ocean.

 

Ocean Crest Seafoods, Inc. and Neptune’s Harvest, along with the state of Massachusetts and local universities, developed a process in which they changed an environmental hazard into an environmental benefit. After years of trial and error, and refining their products, Neptune’s Harvest produces the finest organic liquid fish fertilizers available today. They are derived from the mineral rich Atlantic Ocean–nature’s perfect source for the nutrients plants and soil need.

 

A few reasons why Neptune’s Harvest is a favorite local product of ours:

  • Locally owned, family-run business in Gloucester, MA
  • 100% organic and eco-friendly–won’t burn plants or roots and does not pollute the environment
  • They use a unique cold process that protects vitamins, minerals, macro and micro nutrients, amino acids, etc–leaving them readily available for your plants
  • Neptune’s Harvest builds sugars in plants, which makes them healthier and less susceptible to fungus, disease, and insect damage
  • Their liquid fertilizer has an indefinite shelf life, until water is added
  • When using it, vegetables, fruit, and herbs taste better; flowers have more vivid colors and blooms are more plentiful and longer lasting
  • Excellent deer repellant too

 

What’s In Store: May 5, 2017

It’s that time of year when our stores are filled to the brim! Check out beautiful hydrangeas in bud and bloom, stunning hanging baskets, a wide selection of pottery + containers, fresh roses and all the colorful annuals and perennials to make your home and garden sing.

Uncle Mike’s Herbs & Veggies Are Here!

Our greenhouses are filling up with tasty edibles!

Named for Uncle Mike Mahoney, our very own herbs and veggies are grown locally in our Woburn greenhouses. Uncle Mike’s Herbs and Veggies are grown specifically for our Boston Area climate and exclusive to Mahoney’s. We’ve selected the best varieties for top performance. Non-GMO, and grown with Integrated Pest Management  (the good bugs eat the bad bugs) so you can feel good about growing organically at home. Uncle Mike has trialed and tested (and eaten!) each and every variety to ensure a line of edibles that will perform in the home garden.

NOW IN: HYDRANGEAS IN BUD AND BLOOM

Now in! Find varieties like Anabelle, Endless Summer, Bloomstruck Blushing Bride, Twist & Shout, Zebra, and Tiny Tuff Stuff! Please not supplies and selection will vary at each Mahoney’s location.

 

Uncle Mike’s Top 5 Cold Crop Veggies

Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ :  So good looking you won’t want to eat Bright Lights. This chard mix has stems in gold, pink and crimson. Harvest young for a sweeter taste, great for salads.

 

Collard Greens ‘Georgia’: A great performing collard green with a sweet, cabbage-like flavor. Leaves are ruffled and blue-green and taste best when young.

 

Broccoli ‘Pacman’: The home gardener favorite. Produces large 8″ heads and continues to yield loads of smaller, tender heads on side shoots. Sautee in olive oil and garlic!

 

Kale ‘Toscano’: A Lacinato or “dinosaur” type kale. The extra large and dark green leaves are savoyed (blistered) and have a more tender taste than regular curly-leaved kales.

 

Lettuce ‘Mesclun Mix’: The French approach to salad greens–“mesclun” means “mixture.” Early sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens are pre-mixed to grow together for easy cutting.

Lilacs: In bud and Bloom

We’ve just received beautiful lilacs in bud and bloom. The quintessential early-Spring blooming shrub, Lilacs are known for their stunning color and fragrance. Find varieties like ‘Sensation’, ‘Moscow Beauty’, ‘Monge’, ‘Mount Baker’, ‘Common Purple’, ‘Pocahontas’ and more! Please note, supplies and selection will vary at each Mahoney’s location.

Now’s the time to apply your crabgrass preventer

It’s the perfect time to apply the first step of your lawn program: crabgrass preventer. Nature’s indicator is when you see the forsythia shrubs blooming. When it is warm enough for those early-spring blooms to appear, it is warm enough for crabgrass to germinate in your lawn. Stop in to talk to one of our lawn care experts today to help you achieve a beautiful lawn, traditionally or organically. Learn more here:

TRADITIONAL LAWN CARE ORGANIC LAWN CARE

Celebrate Earth Day!

earthday-1While Earth day is April 22, everyday is Earth Day at Mahoney’s. Our commitment to finding you the best products to beautify and sustain our earth has been our passion for over 50 years. From organic lawn-care programs to locally-grown plants, tasty edibles, natives and so much more, here are a few tips and ideas to celebrate earth day right at home.

1. Grow your Own

What’s better than picking fresh veggies and herbs from the garden? Grown locally in our Woburn greenhouses, our house brand of Uncle Mike’s herbs and veggies are grown specifically for the best performance in our Boston area climate. We’ve selected the best varieties for top-performance. Non-GMO and grown with Integrated Pest Management (the good bugs eat the bad bugs) so you can feel good about growing organically at home.

2. Clean the Air

Airborne toxins such as formaldehyde, TCE and benzene are present in every home and office. That’s because these compounds are found in many products that we use everyday: paints, varnishes, plastics, rubber, insulation and particleboard. These all contribute to the quality of the air you breath. Houseplants like bamboo palm, ficus trees, and Chinese evergreens fight air pollution by absorbing these harmful contaminants. NASA researchers discovered that certain houseplants can reduce indoor pollutants by 87 percent in 24 hours! So, why not add several plants to your home and office? You’ll love the look and breathe easier too.

3. Feed organically

From lawn-care to plant care, we’ve been sourcing fertilizers and soil amendments before “organic” was even a thing. We pride ourselves in stocking the most contemporary chemistry out there in our lawn and garden products. From seaweed-based Neptune’s Harvest fertilizers to organic 4-step lawn programs, lobster compost soil amendments and chicken manure- our buyers are always focused on bringing you the best in organic garden care.

4. Plant a tree

Trees help purify the air, give wildlife a home, and could save big on energy costs. Large deciduous trees planted on the east and west sides of your home create shade from the hot sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs.

5. Bee Friendly

Plant pollinator friendly annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs to create a haven for pollination in your yard. Flat or shallow blossoms such as daisies, sunflowers, alyssum, zinnias, asters, petunias, echinacea, butterfly bush and verbena will attract the largest variety of pollinators because the nectar is easily accessible. Bumblebees are also attracted to flowers with hidden nectar spurs such as larkspur, monkshood, monarda, columbine, and snapdragons.

6. Go Native

By planting native trees, shrubs, and perennials you are restoring part of the natural ecology that is a haven to wildlife and pollinators. Aside from regular watering during their first season, most native plants require little maintenance.

7. Don’t forget to Mulch!

Usually we mulch our gardens each year because it polishes up the appearance of your yard. Did you know? Mulching helps conserve water resources. Mulch insulates the soil, maintaining soil moisture and preventing rapid evaporation from the hot sun so your plants are healthier and you water more efficiently.

 

 

Now’s the time to plant cool-season veggies

Cold crop vegetables are varieties of veggies that tolerate, or even love the cold. Broccoli, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, kale, cabbage, and more are ready to plant now! They thrive in early spring’s cold soil temperatures. If you’ve never grown cool-season crops, or even if you’ve never grown any vegetables, we recommend giving cold crop gardening a try. Keep an eye on the forcast, if temps dip into freezing temperatures, simply cover your veggies with an old sheet or bring them indoors for the night.

Grown locally in our Woburn, MA greenhouses, you’ll love our Uncle Mike’s herbs and veggies!