Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog

Burn-Out an Organic Weed Control

Welcome to Rave Reviews! One of my favorite and most important recommendations:  Use Burn-Out, an organic alternative to Roundup, for weed control. Burn-Out Weed & Grass Killer by St Gabriel Organics made from clove oil and citric acid, is a broad spectrum natural herbicide that k
readying gardens and pots for vacation, Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas, garden Blog

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

Beaver or Woodchuck?

Hello fellow readers, ‘Help! A woodchuck is eating my trees’, writes Lucia, ‘and is he has moved in right near my front door where there’s a deep hole about a foot in diameter. So I think; do I bake a cake, bring some wine or what? Who can I call to help him move to the San Diego Zoo?

Finding Neem Oil

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about aphids and a remedy using dish detergent. Since then, there’s been an influx of other kitchen and natural remedies against undesirables. Gail of Stone Church suggests garlic, a natural insect repellent as it emits a strong odor that

Aphids on Roses

Hello fellow readers, Michele of Sparta asked how to keep aphids off her newly adopted Knock Out Rose. Her other had been devastated by aphids last year and predicts Knock Out #2 will be impacted. Aphids are small sap-sucking insects destructive to plants that overwinter as eggs and a
Deer Damage on Evergreens, Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas

To Prune or Not to Prune

Hello fellow readers, To prune or not to prune, that is the question from Mary of Blairstown (that would be me) and oodles of others who are perplexed and annoyed by the devastating damage from the harsh winter. Plants that normally would be well on their way to showing signs of promi

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

Beautiful Brunnera

Hello fellow readers, It’s challenging to talk when your mouth is wide open with a sucking device, dental tools and a set of hands. In fact it can be trying and I wonder if the strategy of encouraging conversation is to keep our mind off their work. Let’s just say I would rather go to
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
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Easter Blessings

Hello fellow readers, Our world is greening up and the snow drops are finally peaking almost a month behind last year! As predicted the ticks have made a robust comeback after a long winter protected by the snow. Nasty pests I think our creator could have done without, though I suppos