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Bouncing Baby Willow

Hello fellow readers, Gloria from Columbia NJ wrote in a part-two of an inquiry she made back in September about rooting a branch from a ‘curly willow bush’ which were used as part of her daughter’s wedding centerpieces in 2008. She wanted to start a baby willow to give to her daughte
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Fairy Rings

Hello fellow readers, I always enjoy hearing from Craig of Frelinghuysen. Without exception his garden dilemmas always bring a chuckle. Remember his willows gone wild with the icky sticky slime? Well this time he has two rings that have made reoccurring visits in his lawn over the pas
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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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Wisteria Hysteria

Hello fellow readers, I visited Kathleen and Andrew in Summit and witnessed first-hand the strength of their dilemma literally devastating their deck. It wasn’t in bloom as yet and they admitted blooms have been few and far between. The wrist-thick woody vine climbing from the ground
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Spring Babies

Hello fellow readers, Mother’s Day ends the risk of frost which triggers our time to plant veggies and annuals plus it’s the time for spring babies. From mid-May through June fawn are born and they are so darn cute; though they grow into our biggest garden dilemma ever! Still, I have
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Skunk Cabbage Appeal

Hello fellow readers, Skunk Cabbage arrived late this year. Its unusual chemistry creates its own heat, melting the snow around itself and is typically one of the first things to sprout in March. This year’s deep and late snow cover clearly gave it a slower start. Rumor has it that ab
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To Lime or not to Lime

Hello fellow readers, To lime or not to lime, that was the question from Craig of Andover. His brother Chris of Blairstown then asked if there was a moss killer he could use. True there seems to be a routine among perfect lawn enthusiasts to lime every spring and fall without knowing
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An Apple a Day

Hello fellow readers, Rebecca of Andover received a dormant, bare-root apple tree via mail order and wondered the best way to take care of it until it can be planted. What a wonderful gift! They are doing a backyard renovation and plan to include apple trees in the mix. Apple trees so
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Green with Envy Seed Starting Tips

Hello Fellow Readers, I learned from Patti of Little Big Farm in Blairstown that she started seeds in early February which peaked my curiosity; actually it made me green with envy. Aren’t we all longing for green? The rule of thumb is eight weeks before the last frost date is th
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Planting by the Moon

Hello fellow readers, Did you notice the full moon lighting up our nighttime snow-scape last week? No flashlights needed. It made me think of planting by the moon’s phases, a practice as old as agriculture. True it’s largely based on legend, but there are scientific concepts to back i