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Spring Honey-dos

Hello fellow readers, Indeed, it feels like spring has arrived early but don’t let Mother Nature fool you into starting seeds too early in the garden. Check seed packs for when to start them outside. It’s time to start seeds indoors though; the rule of thumb is 8 weeks before th
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Frog Watch USA

Hello fellow readers, On Leap Day, I attended a Frog Watch training hosted by Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ. The training was led by Tedor Whitman, Executive Director, of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) also in Short Hills. CHA is now an official Chapter Leader for Frog Watch
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Color Fix at Meadowbrook Farm

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of visiting the in-process plants for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the Springfest Garden Show. Meadowbrook Farms of Jenkintown PA is major player in propagating plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show as well. My colleague Marty Carson of
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Preservation of the Paulinskill

Hello fellow readers, A friend from Stillwater stumped me when he asked what the plastic tubes are along route 80 and 94. The plastic thingies look like tree tubes of sorts but the mystery is, you can’t see any signs of trees. Curt (my better half) thought the tubes were part of a Sup
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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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Annual Softies

Hello fellow readers, Nancy of Fredon wrote, ‘Hi there gardening guru, I have a problem that seems to be an issue every year. My annual flowers do not do well in my perennial beds. They grow slowly or not at all and turn yellow. The same plants in a planter do just fine and my perenni
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Spring Babies

Hello fellow readers, Mother’s Day ends the risk of frost which triggers our time to plant veggies and annuals plus it’s the time for spring babies. From mid-May through June fawn are born and they are so darn cute; though they grow into our biggest garden dilemma ever! Still, I have
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Skunk Cabbage Appeal

Hello fellow readers, Skunk Cabbage arrived late this year. Its unusual chemistry creates its own heat, melting the snow around itself and is typically one of the first things to sprout in March. This year’s deep and late snow cover clearly gave it a slower start. Rumor has it that ab

Fun ways to Test Soil pH

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about the importance of testing your soil’s pH before adding supplements as lawns and different plants require different pH levels. John from Bangor asked how to test his soil. Sure you can buy a pH test probe and there’s the tried and tr