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Composting, Composting Leaves, Leaf Mold, Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, garden tips, gardening blog

Opening up a Can of Worms

Hello fellow readers, I think I’ve opened a can of worms; about composting that is. We’ve talked about using leaves in our gardens but Jennifer of Hackettstown shared that hers never seem to break down. If you shred your leaves and add extra nitrogen, they’ll compost more quickl
Composting Leaves, Leaf Mold, using fallen leaves in the garden, Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, garden tips, gardening tips

Vitamin Packed Leaf Confetti

Hello fellow readers, Last week’s chat about how leaves change color inspired several to ask what to do once they litter the ground. First of all, think of them as free vitamin supplements, not litter, as they are packed with nutrients that trees absorbed from our good earth. John fro
Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, Bulb choices to extend the bloom, Garden Tips

Extend the Bloom Bulb Choices

Hello Fellow Readers, Stephanie from Denville wrote ‘I’m so excited! I ordered a bunch of daffodil bulbs but it looks like they won’t ship until late October.’ That’s right Stephanie, you don’t want to plant bulbs too early as it can lead to fungus or disease problems. Ideally,
collecting seeds, Garden Dilemmas ask Mary Stone

Fall Hunting & Gathering

Hello Fellow Readers, A few weeks ago we spoke about fall tasks and one is to take advantage of the great season to plant. What should he plant asked Harry from Hardwick. By and large anything that’s available and fits into your landscape plan and cultural environment – wi

Fall To-do’s

Hello Fellow Readers, A faithful Blairstown reader, dear friend, and fellow fan of Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculous parviflora) suggested I write about what to do in the garden each time of year. Roger Roger here goes. You’ve likely noticed the squirrels and other critters are foraging

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

Hillside Planting

Hello fellow readers, While walking Miss Ellie, Lori and Gary of Blairstown were out doing yard work and shared their dilemma of a challenging slope along the driveway. Steep hills can be an eyesore and difficult to maintain. As with any plant selection, consider soil,light, root spac
Microstegium vimineum / Japanese Stilt Grass, Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone

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
Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, Crabgrass

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