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Seed Fairies

Hello fellow readers, Last week The Press published a wonderful quote by Robert Brault. ‘In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.’ Turns out the day before it published I happened to speak with the seed fairies at Catherine Dickson Hofman Library in Blairstow

Soil Temperature

Hello fellow readers, I am learning so much from all of you! On Mother’s Day, Pastor Marcia shared that soil temperatures were still too cool for farmers to plant their crops which related to her sermon on honoring all who nurture. While shopping for plants I met Phil from Morristown

Annuals vs. Perennials

Hello fellow readers, We are officially through our risk of frost so it’s time to shop for annuals. Many nurseries sell perennials in flats as well. Bob from Hackettstown was brave enough to ask what the difference between annuals and perennials is. I am certain it is confusing to man

Shopping for Annuals

Hello fellow readers, Mother’s Day triggers shopping for Annuals as gifts and for continuous color in our gardens and pots.  I’ll have to admit I often end up shopping despite the rush.  There’s something fun about being in the frenzy of it all – The hurry to grab a plant cart,
Stop Garden Volcanoes Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas

Volcanos vs. Proper Planting

Hello fellow readers, 100 columns ago we began out garden chat; which has more to do than digging in the dirt as gardens are a medium for all that grows in life don’t you think? So for column 101 it seems fitting to reflect back on our very first topic; the etiquette of planting and m
Dividing Hosta Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas

Dividing Perennials

Hello fellow readers, Divide and multiply and while you’re at it why not move those that may be better living somewhere else. Of course I am referring to perennials; not family members silly (ahem). Sally from Wind Gap asked if spring is a good time to tackle the task. Some say it’s b
Winter Burn Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas

Winter Burn

Hello Fellow Readers, Now that the tundra has melted away the damage caused by our infinite winter has come to full view.  Holy cow! Or should I say Holy Deer. For the first time my evergreen shrubs were hammered by Bambi. I’m trying not to hold a grudge as the poor things were starvi

Woolly Adelgid & Hemlock Mulch

Hello Fellow Readers, At last-the official start of spring! One of the chores many delve into along with their spring cleanup is freshening up their mulch. John from Andover asked what mulch he should use. Last week we spoke about the trend in using cocoa mulch but learned it can be t
Fashion faux pas: Black socks with white sneakers

Landscape faux pas & Cocoa Mulch

Hello Fellow Readers, I am grateful to all of you that came to the Springfest Garden Show and attended my lecture, along with Marty Carson of Three Seasons, on the Dos and Don’ts of Landscape & Garden Design. It was a lighthearted spin comparing garden don’ts to fashion blunders.
Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting Veggie & Perennial Seeds Indoors

Hello Fellow Readers, Ready to dig in? A rule of thumb is 8 weeks before the last frost date (normally May 19th here) is the time to start seeds indoors. I don’t know about you, but I am counting on normal despite our crazy winter! Hence I plan to start seeds the last week of March. M