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Bagworms Baby !

Hello fellow readers, While sitting with Mom outside her nursing home in Virginia I noticed what looked like a crust of bread being hauled off by an ant. I marvel at how much an ant can carry – ten to fifty times their body weight they say. Mom, who inspired my gardening start,
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How can it Bee?

Hello fellow readers, They say one out of every three bites of food depends on a pollinator. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of pollinators, the U.S. has lost over 50 percent of its managed honeybee
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Cook the Suckers!

Hello fellow readers, One of the notable things about our chats is the cycle of gardening dilemmas that comes up each year. It’s Japanese beetle time and they must be out in full force based on all who have asked what to do. Last year we talked about the store bought beetle bags
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Willows Gone Wild Part 2

Hello fellow readers, Last week we heard from Craig of Frelinghuysen about his willows gone wild right next to his pool. ‘They’re beautiful trees but cause countless hours of cleanup,’ explained Craig who went on to rant about each stage of his dirty dilemma giving us all a good laugh
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Willows Gone Wild !

Hello fellow readers, Craig of Frelinghuysen admits he has a ‘love hate relationship with his willows gone wild’. He and Caroline have three Weeping Willows next to their pool which have been an ‘ongoing issue’ between them. Caroline, like me, hates to kill trees. ‘They’re the most be
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Soil Solarization

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about George’s weedy invasion resulting in the need for a garden do-over. Thankfully, he opted for a more organic approach including a non-chemical remedy called soil solarization. Here’s how. It’s important to prepare your garden for planting
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Diehard Campers

Hello fellow readers, It’s the unofficial start to summer which brings on outdoor activities and vacations including tent camping for diehards. Ben from Bangor asked what to do about the wormy things building tents in the crevices of his cherry tree, of course right above his grill. E
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Springfest Lecture : Deer Resistant Plants

Hello fellow readers, There was standing room only for our talk on Deer Resistant Plants You May Not Know About at the Springfest Garden Show. Thanks to all of you for being there. It was a joy meet you! We started our presentation with a rant of antics we do to keep deer at bay. Like
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Mischievous Bird

Hello fellow readers, How much wood can a woodpecker peck when a woodpecker can peck wood? The answer is – lots! True, that’s the ditty pertaining to a woodchuck, but it was the first chuckle that came to mind when I heard from Barbara of Sparta who has a pileated woodpecker wor
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Indoor Plant Intervention

Hello fellow readers, This time of year my indoor plants start to show signs of distress. Which, frankly, may have to do with over doting; that’s my gardening term for overwatering and maybe overfeeding. Because of the dry heat indoors, watering your indoor plants can be tricky. It’s