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No need for bad haircuts

Hello Fellow Readers, Forsythia is one of the first shrubs to bloom announcing spring has arrived! I love the sunny yellow welcome to the bland dormant landscape. It’s true after the early yellow wakeup call they can turn into unwieldy shrubs inspiring folks to prune them into unnatur
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Compassion for Stink Bugs?

Hello Fellow Readers, During a recent interview with BJ Ward of Warren County Community College in Washington NJ regarding their upcoming visit with Liz Gilbert, he asked if stink bugs are a common garden dilemma question. As a matter of fact, no one yet asked about the annoying littl
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Garden Magic

Hello Fellow Readers, I believe all of us can live creatively however we choose to express it. But along with creativity comes vulnerability. Certainly, there’s something intimate about sharing one’s creative self. But creativity in the garden offers a safe space. A forgiving pl
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Sexy Natives

Hello Fellow Readers, I didn’t realize until Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens, emailed the plant list for his recent lecture that it was titled Sexy Natives. The G-rated version in the program for the NJ Plants tradeshow held in Edison NJ was Native Plants for Native Pollin
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Plant more Plants!

Hello Fellow Readers, “Plant more plants” was music to my ears shared by Claudia West at the recent NJ Plants tradeshow held in Edison NJ. Claudia is the Ecological Sales Representative of North Creek Nurseries; my go-to wholesale propagation nursery in Landenberg PA. Her presentation
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Bird Fodder Part 2

Hello Fellow Readers, One of the most loved and fascinating backyard birds are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds who are migratory. As solitary birds, they don’t migrate in flocks. Rather, most make an 18 to 22 hour nonstop flight to travel up to 500 miles to southern Mexico or northern Pana
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Bird Fodder

Hello Fellow Readers, Anita of Blairstown NJ shared the story of Squeak, a male Cardinal who squeaks after snagging each sunflower seed. “He’s also a bit of slob,” writes Anita, “dribbling shells back into the dish.” Her other guests, such as “titmouse, nuthatches, juncos and sparrows
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Funky Vegetables

Hello Fellow Readers, This time of year, what fun it is to peruse seed catalogues. Green beans aren’t only green anymore. And tomatoes come in all sorts of shades and mottled blends of colors. There’s even tomatoes that stay green when they’re ripe. Charlotte of Stone Church PA
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Preferred Roots

Hello Fellow Readers, From time to time over the years I’ve shared stories of dear Mom who gave me my garden start and many of you have kindly asked about her. Emma Stone joined the angels last Sunday and while there’s sadness, there’s a relief that her difficult last chapter of demen
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“Urgent Action Needed”

Hello Fellow Readers, I received an email from AmericanHort that “Urgent Action is Needed”. “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating whether to further restrict uses of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides.” Anything urgent and pertaining to the protection of our environm