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Crabby about Crabgrass

  Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about the pesky Japanese beetle and I chuckle how many of you shared your intense aversion towards the bothersome bug. What is there to like about them other than the 5 cents a jarful good old Mom offered up when we were kids? Speaking o

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

One Mississippi Grounding

Hello fellow readers, 1-Mississippi, 2-Mississippi was the advice of the JCP&L operator who suggested not taking a shower during a thunder storm which is exactly where I was when one clambered through and kicked out the power, cable, internet and telephone. ‘It came out of the blu
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

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
Goats as pets, Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas, garden blog, gardening blog

Goat Get ‘Em

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of meeting with Josh of Stillwater who adopted Skippy and Jay Jay in March at 5 weeks old weighing in at 15 pounds each. His ‘Kids’, the actual name for baby goats said Josh, are Toggenburg goats named after the Toggenburg valley in Switzerlan

Mother’s Love

This morning during an Ellie walk I came across Mom and her ducklings tucked away in a small pond in front of a farm house.  My attention went to them when willy-nilly Mom made  a ruckus lunging towards us as her babies swam to take cover under a shrub nearby.  I wish I could have lin
Goldenrod in the wild

Goldenrod’s bad reputation

Hello fellow readers,      A bad reputation is hard to turn around! Sandy from Sparta questioned a recommendation to add Solidago to her fall garden.  The common name is Goldenrod after all and doesn’t it cause allergies? The real offender is Ragweed (Ambrosia ) which grows in the sam