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Hello Sweet Pea

Hello Fellow readers, I met with Melanie of Newton who asked if the perennial sweet peas covering her pool fence are edible. They sure look so; dead ringers to peas in your veggie garden. Some say you can as long as you don’t eat too many of them. Turns out it’s the flowers not the se
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Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

Hello fellow readers, Last week wrapped up the 75th annual NJ State Fair held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. In addition to the display gardens of which we were part, there were rides, vendors and food galore; largely not healthful but part of the fun. Best of all was th
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Produce Abuse

Hello fellow readers, Can you believe we’ve been chatting for 165 weeks? I am so grateful for all we have learned from each other.  I hope you don’t mind that I revisited one of our early columns from 2012. Let’s just say, I’m concerned about produce abuse and thought we could help by
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Bagworms Baby !

Hello fellow readers, While sitting with Mom outside her nursing home in Virginia I noticed what looked like a crust of bread being hauled off by an ant. I marvel at how much an ant can carry – ten to fifty times their body weight they say. Mom, who inspired my gardening start,
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How can it Bee?

Hello fellow readers, They say one out of every three bites of food depends on a pollinator. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of pollinators, the U.S. has lost over 50 percent of its managed honeybee
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Cook the Suckers!

Hello fellow readers, One of the notable things about our chats is the cycle of gardening dilemmas that comes up each year. It’s Japanese beetle time and they must be out in full force based on all who have asked what to do. Last year we talked about the store bought beetle bags
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Willows Gone Wild Part 2

Hello fellow readers, Last week we heard from Craig of Frelinghuysen about his willows gone wild right next to his pool. ‘They’re beautiful trees but cause countless hours of cleanup,’ explained Craig who went on to rant about each stage of his dirty dilemma giving us all a good laugh
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Ruth’s Attraction

My dear friend Ruth shared this photo and Happy Bumble Bee Video of her newly acquired Monarda commonly called Bee Balm and for good reason; it’s a Bee Magnet! By the way, Ruth is incredibly attractive too. And, her gardening fortitude and talents tends to make the rest of us lo
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Willows Gone Wild !

Hello fellow readers, Craig of Frelinghuysen admits he has a ‘love hate relationship with his willows gone wild’. He and Caroline have three Weeping Willows next to their pool which have been an ‘ongoing issue’ between them. Caroline, like me, hates to kill trees. ‘They’re the most be
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Flower Power !

Hello Fellow Readers, A week ago I was readying for my first time volunteering at Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) held right next door in Hardwick, NJ. ‘Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling,