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Ugly Slug

Hello fellow readers, The rainy humid summer has set us up for a perfect storm for slugs. Always a top nuisance garden dilemma and one of the first we talked about almost five years ago when Dave from Hardwick NJ asked, “What are the holes all over my hosta?” “Holy moly Da
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Alternatives to Invasive

Hello Fellow Readers, When I began as a designer I thought barberry overtaking forest floors was native which is not the case. The maroon leaf Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii, has been overused in deer populated areas for years; though it’s understandable why their popularity.
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A Happy Ending to Naked Pots

Hello Fellow Readers, What fun I had perusing a favorite wholesale nursery to fill my naked late season pots. Rarely am I able to shop for my own gardens during peak season. I found the ‘Mini Penny’ mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) I was looking for to serve as the anchor pie
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Filling Naked Pots…late in the season

Hello Fellow Readers, The pots between the garage doors remain largely vacant since our yellow jacket dilemma. Due to the proximity of the nest and the risk of anaphylactic shock of loved ones, a non-organic approach was sadly called for. If the yellowjacket nest was not in a tenuous
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Relocating Honeybees

Hello Fellow Readers, We had a near stinging episode from a garden pot begging for its annual dressing; a task not yet done due to a humbling hand procedure gratefully on the mends. A client grew tired of deer spraying and passed along Hosta which I nested in the pots as a temporary m
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Free Peat or Peat Free ?

Hello Fellow Readers, For several years now I’ve had two bales of peat moss in my potting shed. For the life of me I don’t recall where they came from. Perhaps a donation from a client when they moved? Sphagnum moss, or peat moss, is a genus of approximately 380 species. It’s a
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Rose is a rose

Hello Fellow Readers, Earlier this season my brother Rick from Knoxville, TN and a dear friend Ruth of Hope, NJ asked about rose dilemmas. Personally, I find roses fussy and hard to keep in their glory. There’s spider mites and aphids that often run amok. Never mind the funguses
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Two best Gardeners of the Garden State

Hello Fellow Readers, Recently the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) hosted a tour of two private gardens in Northwestern NJ and I had the joy of attending. While I frequently have savored a stroll among my friend and design colleague’s garden, this visit of meandering grounds
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Introducing my very first Podcast

Hello Fellow Readers, I appreciate your willingness to listen to the introduction to my very first podcast. It’s a bit rough around the edges but, just as in the garden and in life, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about being and growing! And I hope the chat about the Master
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Day of Service

Hello Fellow Readers, Its humbling to witness what can be done when we work together to weed out undesirables; making way for new beginnings and offering a helping hand. Nearly 500 students, teachers and staff of Blair Academy, located in Blairstown NJ, mobilized on May 19th to help o