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Prized Umbrella Pine

Hello fellow readers, One of my favorite evergreen conifer specimens is the Umbrella Pine. It sits to the right of the garage giving it protection from winds as advised by experts when Sciadopitys verticillata is planted in zone 5. Michael Dir, the guru of woody plants, lists its hard
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Arbor Day Foundation

Hello fellow readers, We are inundated with requests for donations that come in varying forms and disguises and while we wish to give back and help others, evaluating good causes can be confusing. I recently received an official-looking envelope labeled 2018 New Jersey Tree Survey and
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Clearing Space

Hello fellow readers, A new year often brings resolutions like exercising, getting organized, or quitting habits like smoking or stacking up garden magazines (busted!). I spent an afternoon in the basement tending to a long overdue task of clearing things out. Basements are limbo plac
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A New Year of Discoveries

Hello fellow readers, So long 2017. It has been a wonderful year of learning. In revisiting our topics, we sure spoke about a bunch of critters. About the birds in a two-part bird fodder series. And about the bees – the story about relocating fifty thousand honeybees that took up resi
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Peace among the ‘Trees’

Hello Fellow Readers, The Press publishes a pictorial issue during Christmas week – few written words, simply photo highlights from their year of publication. While I enjoyed the deadline respite, I couldn’t let the week go by without posting for my followers online (Thank
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Merry Christmas Memories

Hello fellow readers, Miss Ellie learned to flail her tail by the door where the ribbons of bells are hung, next to where her biscuits are stashed. It sounds like a reindeer making a landing. Her cuteness works, earning her a treat. Fluffy snow and frigid temps greeted us the morning
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Ladybugs: a Lucky Garden Gift

Hello fellow readers, I was chatting with Linda, my college roommate in southern California, who mentioned her friend Lore’s home is being swarmed by ladybugs. Many of us think of ladybugs as good luck which is said to have stemmed from farmers long ago, who prayed to the Virgin Mary
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Readying for Organic Veggies

Hello fellow readers, Sara from Oxford NJ asked how to prepare a plot in her backyard for organic vegetable gardening come spring. She suspects the previous owners used chemicals as when they moved in, the lawn “looked like a golf course.” Kudos Sara. It’s smart to consider the previo
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A Plethora of Fungi

Hello Fellow Readers, Jeanne of Blairstown shared a fungi dilemma; an alien looking plethora of mushrooms amongst her garden mulch. Mushrooms are the fruit of valuable spores that decay organic material and recycle nutrients back into soil which is good for plants. However, in volumes
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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