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Flowers of the Holy Night

Hello Fellow Readers, Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants to decorate our homes for Christmas. I recall the first time seeing them growing outside in Florida while walking the neighborhood with my folks who lived there for over 30 years. Poinsettias as tall as the houses! C
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Best of Show: Winter Predictions 2016-17

Hello Fellow Readers, Four the last three years we’ve shared winter weather predictions based on our local expert – the Eastern Pennsylvania Weather Authority (EPAWA) which also serves Northern New Jersey. In reviewing last year’s predictions, let’s just say their lengthy discla
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The Gift of Sharing Growth

Hello Fellow Readers, As I write it’s the day after Thanksgiving which has been coined Black Friday; hyped in the media earlier each year with “Shop Black Friday Deals Early” plastered everywhere starting in late-October. Since 1932, per Wikipedia, the day after Thanksgiving Day
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Houseplants in Duress

Hello fellow readers, Some of my houseplants are desperate. The low humidity of the heated house has wreaked havoc coupled with some of their pots being too tight; much like my pants after the holidays. Thank goodness for stretchy jeans. Even if there were stretchy pots, it’s the lack
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The Beauty of Now

Hello fellow readers, It occurs to me when we are young, entering adulthood, we are in a stage of growing and gathering. Typically choosing a partner thereby adding an extended family. Pursuing a career, nesting in a home, maybe having children. When young we tend to look forward rath
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A Long Winter’s Nap

Hello fellow readers, Tis a few days before Christmas and all through the valley, folks are scrambling like lunatics with their last minute rally. ‘The stockings all hung by the chimney with care. In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.’ Anticipating Santa coming sure takes th
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Winter Folklore & Weather Predictions 2015 / 2016

Hello fellow readers, There are oodles of folklore on winter weather predictions. Plentiful acorns, thick corn husks, squirrels gathering nuts early, crickets in the chimney, halos around the moon, early rodent infestation or bird migration, when pigs eat sticks, and my favorite – nar

Long & Leggy

Hello fellow readers, They’re long and leggy which is evident from the photo of the garden dilemma shared by Melanie of Newton. She and her husband acquired a lake-side fixer-upper built over a half-century ago. The rhododendrons have grown taller than the house and branches are resti
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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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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