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

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
Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas First Day of Spring

Welcome Spring !

Check out my video of my spring glide! As a snow lover who chases every snow flake I find,  I love the feel of the glide on cross country skis (and down hill from time to time).  It’s always bittersweet when Frosty retires for the season.  Here’s to one last ski on the fir
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.

Salt Impact on Plants

Hello fellow readers, This is getting silly – another 15 inches of snow followed by an icy wintery mix! John from Blairstown stopped while I was walking Ellie during the latest one-two punch and said, “You get an A for effort!”  Thanks John, I like to think of myself as an achie

Cold & Snow Impact on Pests

Hello fellow readers, Mr. Wooly Bear Caterpillar sure predicted this winter spot-on!  Jane from Bangor asked if our single digits and snow cover will help reduce bugs.  Wouldn’t that be a well-deserved outcome after all of this brrrrr!   They say invasive insects may be more susceptib

Gardening with our Dogs Part 2

Hello fellow readers, Doggone diggers are only part of the challenge of gardening when you have canine kids. The risk of trampling while playing, noshing while bored, yellow lawn spots or leg lifting on branches are other doggie considerations. You may recall Ed’s teenage pup Du

Verticle Gardening Part 2

Hello fellow readers, Several of you like the idea of standing tall while picking vegetables and are intrigued by the decorative possibilities of vertical gardens.  Ted from Allamuchy uses a cattle panel arched in half so he can walk under it and secures each corner with T-posts – Wal

Vertical Veggie Gardening

Hello fellow readers, Oh goodie!  Garden catalogues are here to tease our fancy and tickle our toes. Not sure what toes have to do with it, but it sounds exciting. And it is! John from Hope asked whether to grow veggies in those newfangled vertical garden “systems” and bags. It’s fun