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A Cup of Joe for your Garden?

Hello fellow readers, I’m not quite sure what inspired me to start collecting coffee grounds from the pods I once was resistant to use. Coffee grounds are terrific for your compost pile, but I don’t have one because of our resident bear. A while back I considered worm composting indoo
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Bouncing Baby Willow

Hello fellow readers, Gloria from Columbia NJ wrote in a part-two of an inquiry she made back in September about rooting a branch from a ‘curly willow bush’ which were used as part of her daughter’s wedding centerpieces in 2008. She wanted to start a baby willow to give to her daughte

Beloved Birch

Hello fellow readers, I’ve been accused of being a birch lover and it’s true. In fact, their glorious bark and see-through leaves have earned them status as one of my favorite trees. Last week we spoke about the trees tolerant of wet conditions that The Nature Conservancy
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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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Resilience

Hello fellow readers, I’ve become a street walker – one of those folks seen waving to cars driving by. Which isn’t a bad thing; it’s polite to acknowledge each other and a smile and wave may help lift someone’s spirits. Often times yourself. It’s amazing how ev
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Thanks for Giving Thanks

Hello Fellow Readers, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on gifts we are grateful for. Versions of the holiday are celebrated different times of the year by other countries too. While most folks consider it a secular holiday (not based on religion) almost all religions offer
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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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A Cape May Treat

Hello fellow readers, Greetings from Cape May where I am enjoying a fall respite. Cape May is at the very end of New Jersey and has attracted vacationers since the mid-18th century designating it as the country’s oldest seaside resort. In 1878 a fire destroyed much of the town c
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Fall Digging

Hello fellow readers, Jill from Nazareth is confused. She heard that fall is a great time to plant but then found out that there is a list of Fall Dig Hazard trees. That does seem confusing! Paul of Gardens of the World in Andover has a simple way to explain it. The Fall Dig Hazard li