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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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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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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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Avoid Tomato Carnage; Ripen Indoors!

Hello fellow readers, On August 7th I proudly announced Happy First Tomato! Excited chipmunks didn’t get the first bite; the fate of all my tomato attempts in years past. Don’t laugh -I displayed my single bounty for a few days on the windowsill before I indulged in its am

Late-summer Butterfly Magnets

Hello fellow readers, Many of you like to dance!  Jane from Mt. Bethel wrote in about the fun of watching butterflies in her garden and asked how to attract more. Ben from Belvidere wondered if he planted butterfly loving plants would he be inviting deer to the party. It turns out sev
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More than crabby Stilt Grass & Thistle

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about annoying crabgrass and how to keep it at bay. There’s more to be crabby about writes Carol from Blairstown who sent a picture of what looks like mini-bamboo which she’s trying to wipe out to allow her pachysandra to spread.  Microstegium

A Jiffy Jar of Japanese Beetles

Hello fellow readers, I saw the first of the season as did Tom of Mt. Bethel who asked if he should hang the Japanese beetle traps you find at the hardware store.  The subject opens up a can of worms… or should I say grubs. Studies have shown that these pheromone lures attract many mo
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Readying for Vacation

Hello fellow readers, I am flattered how many of you introduced yourselves at last week 4th of July festivities. It goes to show the energy of our local paper and the sense of community it promotes.  I am grateful to The Press and to all of you for engaging in our chat. Well the heat