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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
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Proper Planting Hillside

Hello Fellow Readers, In the Spring of 2011 my sister Dot, who lives in Chesterfield Virginia, planted a Red maple (Acer rubrum) in the tiered garden she and her hubby built to manage the slope in their back yard. At the time our dear Mom had just moved in and I recall her reminiscenc
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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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Dirty Dilemma

Hello Fellow Readers, A few weeks ago, we spoke about how to evict ants from a natural stone patio without spoiling the charming moss in the joints. The topic brought to mind how to the clean the stone itself; one of my nagging dilemmas. The presence of moss often goes hand and hand w
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Seal Pup Surprise

Hello Fellow Readers, Interactions with wildlife can bring a tear to my eye… the wonder of it all. On April 23rd, while walking along Island Beach State Park NJ with canine kid Ellie, we spied a fisherman with what looked a dog. I should preface that Ellie is a rescue who still suffer
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“No self-respecting southerner …”

Hello Fellow Readers, Pam and Ed of Sparta have a charming bluestone patio. The shady spot has encouraged moss to take up residence which is lovely. The dilemma is, ants have also moved in. Previous attempts to evict the ants has caused the demise of their treasured green fuzz in the