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Winter Weather Predictions 2014-2015

Hello fellow readers, We sure had an early preview of things to come and I wasn’t ready. What a sight to see as I rallied in snow boots and cross country ski garb in the heavy pre-Thanksgiving Day snow to cut back my Eupatorium /Joe-Pye Weed and lay their seed heads under the snow ont
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Worm Composting Part 2

Hello fellow readers, I considered delaying part two of our talk about Worm Composting in the spirit of a more appetizing topic for Thanksgiving, but a promise is a promise. And dinner preparations will make plenty of grub for your worms. (For those that missed last week, here’s
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Worm Composting Part 1

Hello fellow readers, Yay! John from Belvidere asked about worm composting -what fun! The process is called vermicomposting. It takes very little space and there’s little or no odor. Best of all, a couple of pounds of worms can make nutrient-rich compost out of your trash in abo
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Opening up a Can of Worms

Hello fellow readers, I think I’ve opened a can of worms; about composting that is. We’ve talked about using leaves in our gardens but Jennifer of Hackettstown shared that hers never seem to break down. If you shred your leaves and add extra nitrogen, they’ll compost more quickl
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Why leaves change color 101

Hello fellow readers, I’ll bet Bridget of Forks Township is not the only one who wants to know what influences the glorious colors of fall. We all know it has to do with cooler temperatures and shorter days, but why do some trees turn red while others stay orange and yellow? During th
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Blairstown NJ Village Green, Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone

Volunteers tackle Mugwort

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of digging in with the North Warren Garden Club who held their monthly meeting in the new park behind Agway in Blairstown next to where the seasonal Farmers’ Market is hosted. You may recall I met with the club almost two years ago to talk abo
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Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, Crabgrass

Crabby about Crabgrass

  Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about the pesky Japanese beetle and I chuckle how many of you shared your intense aversion towards the bothersome bug. What is there to like about them other than the 5 cents a jarful good old Mom offered up when we were kids? Speaking o
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A Jiffy Jar of Japanese Beetles

Hello fellow readers, I saw the first of the season as did Tom of Mt. Bethel who asked if he should hang the Japanese beetle traps you find at the hardware store.  The subject opens up a can of worms… or should I say grubs? Studies have shown that these pheromone lures attract many mo
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Counting Mississippi Grounding

Hello fellow readers, Counting One Mississippi, Two Mississippi was the advice of the JCP&L operator who suggested not taking a shower during a thunderstorm – precisely where I was when a storm clambered through and kicked out the power, cable, internet, and telephone. ̶
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An oak leaf frozen in a pond

Lesson of the Leaf

Hello Fellow Readers, If I may share the origin of a memoir underway titled the Lesson of the Leaf. My beloved brother Bill passed away on December 21st.  I was blessed to travel to Florida to be by his side in his last weeks. Several overnights in the hospital and hospice and heartfe
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