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Buck Rub

Hello Fellow Readers, I recently helped JoAnn of Blairstown plant five new maple trees. Sun Valley Red Maples to be specific (Acer Rubrum ‘Sun Valley’) as their exceptional red fall color is in its glory later than most. It occurred to me that it would be wise to protect t
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Fairy Rings

Hello fellow readers, I always enjoy hearing from Craig of Frelinghuysen. Without exception his garden dilemmas always bring a chuckle. Remember his willows gone wild with the icky sticky slime? Well this time he has two rings that have made reoccurring visits in his lawn over the pas
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Cover your Ash!

Hello fellow readers, Recently I met with Andrea of Morristown whose property is graced with grand old ash trees one of which has died. Dave Dubee, arborist of Greenwood Tree, shared that while the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is getting close to home, Andrea’s ash was not a victim
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“If it’s Hairy you better Ask Mary”

Hello fellow readers, When I was a girl my sister dared me to rub a leaf all over me. Even then I was a plant person and always up to a challenge of ‘I dare you’. The leaf was in a grouping of three and I picked one and dutifully painted myself with it. I bet you known where this is g
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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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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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Soil Solarization

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about George’s weedy invasion resulting in the need for a garden do-over. Thankfully, he opted for a more organic approach including a non-chemical remedy called soil solarization. Here’s how. It’s important to prepare your garden for planting