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

Hillside Planting

Hello fellow readers, While walking Miss Ellie, Lori and Gary of Blairstown were out doing yard work and shared their dilemma of a challenging slope along the driveway. Steep hills can be an eyesore and difficult to maintain. As with any plant selection, consider soil,light, root spac
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Readying for Vacation

Hello fellow readers, I am flattered how many of you introduced yourselves at last week 4th of July festivities. It goes to show the energy of our local paper and the sense of community it promotes.  I am grateful to The Press and to all of you for engaging in our chat. Well the heat

Aphids on Roses

Hello fellow readers, Michele of Sparta asked how to keep aphids off her newly adopted Knock Out Rose. Her other had been devastated by aphids last year and predicts Knock Out #2 will be impacted. Aphids are small sap-sucking insects destructive to plants that overwinter as eggs and a

Taming the Jungle

Hello fellow readers, Diane of Knowlton asked for tips to “tame her jungle” which sounds like weeds and overgrown plants may be her dilemma. Weeds are misplaced plants – not a Mary original definition but frequently used to justify my naturalized landscape which sounds much bett

Soil Temperature

Hello fellow readers, I am learning so much from all of you! On Mother’s Day, Pastor Marcia shared that soil temperatures were still too cool for farmers to plant their crops which related to her sermon on honoring all who nurture. While shopping for plants I met Phil from Morristown

Annuals vs. Perennials

Hello fellow readers, We are officially through our risk of frost so it’s time to shop for annuals. Many nurseries sell perennials in flats as well. Bob from Hackettstown was brave enough to ask what the difference between annuals and perennials is. I am certain it is confusing to man

Shopping for Annuals

Hello fellow readers, Mother’s Day triggers shopping for Annuals as gifts and for continuous color in our gardens and pots.  I’ll have to admit I often end up shopping despite the rush.  There’s something fun about being in the frenzy of it all – The hurry to grab a plant cart,

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
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
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