Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog

Beautiful Brunnera

Hello fellow readers, It’s challenging to talk when your mouth is wide open with a sucking device, dental tools and a set of hands. In fact it can be trying and I wonder if the strategy of encouraging conversation is to keep our mind off their work. Let’s just say I would rather go to
Stop Garden Volcanoes Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas

Volcanos vs. Proper Planting

Hello fellow readers, 100 columns ago we began out garden chat; which has more to do than digging in the dirt as gardens are a medium for all that grows in life don’t you think? So for column 101 it seems fitting to reflect back on our very first topic; the etiquette of planting and m
Dividing Hosta Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas

Dividing Perennials

Hello fellow readers, Divide and multiply and while you’re at it why not move those that may be better living somewhere else. Of course I am referring to perennials; not family members silly (ahem). Sally from Wind Gap asked if spring is a good time to tackle the task. Some say it’s b

Over seeding

Remember Ed from Basking Ridge who wrote in about his digger dog?  It seems Dulcie also loves a good game of fetch and Ed wonders how to create a lawn to stand up to speedy turns. His current lawn rolls up, has little root structure and is mostly crab grass and clover. Whether you hav
Winter Burn Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas

Winter Burn

Hello Fellow Readers, Now that the tundra has melted away the damage caused by our infinite winter has come to full view.  Holy cow! Or should I say Holy Deer. For the first time my evergreen shrubs were hammered by Bambi. I’m trying not to hold a grudge as the poor things were starvi

Woolly Adelgid & Hemlock Mulch

Hello Fellow Readers, At last-the official start of spring! One of the chores many delve into along with their spring cleanup is freshening up their mulch. John from Andover asked what mulch he should use. Last week we spoke about the trend in using cocoa mulch but learned it can be t
Crystal Birds Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas

Crystal Birds

You know it’s a frigid morning when there are crystal birds on your windows… or feathers etched in glass.  Beautiful!
Fashion faux pas: Black socks with white sneakers

Landscape faux pas & Cocoa Mulch

Hello Fellow Readers, I am grateful to all of you that came to the Springfest Garden Show and attended my lecture, along with Marty Carson of Three Seasons, on the Dos and Don’ts of Landscape & Garden Design. It was a lighthearted spin comparing garden don’ts to fashion blunders.
Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting Veggie & Perennial Seeds Indoors

Hello Fellow Readers, Ready to dig in? A rule of thumb is 8 weeks before the last frost date (normally May 19th here) is the time to start seeds indoors. I don’t know about you, but I am counting on normal despite our crazy winter! Hence I plan to start seeds the last week of March. M

Springfest Garden Show is coming to town

Hello fellow readers, We’ve flipped the calendar to March which means we are getting close to the new beginning of spring! We’re all more than ready for a jump start. It’s exciting that the Springfest Garden Show held at the Sussex County Fairground in Augusta is only a few days away.