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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

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

Burn-Out an Organic Weed Control

Welcome to Rave Reviews! One of my favorite and most important recommendations:  Use Burn-Out, an organic alternative to Roundup, for weed control. Burn-Out Weed & Grass Killer by St Gabriel Organics made from clove oil and citric acid, is a broad spectrum natural herbicide that k

One Mississippi Grounding

Hello fellow readers, 1-Mississippi, 2-Mississippi was the advice of the JCP&L operator who suggested not taking a shower during a thunder storm which is exactly where I was when one clambered through and kicked out the power, cable, internet and telephone. ‘It came out of the blu
readying gardens and pots for vacation, Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas, garden Blog

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

Beaver or Woodchuck?

Hello fellow readers, ‘Help! A woodchuck is eating my trees’, writes Lucia, ‘and is he has moved in right near my front door where there’s a deep hole about a foot in diameter. So I think; do I bake a cake, bring some wine or what? Who can I call to help him move to the San Diego Zoo?

Finding Neem Oil

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about aphids and a remedy using dish detergent. Since then, there’s been an influx of other kitchen and natural remedies against undesirables. Gail of Stone Church suggests garlic, a natural insect repellent as it emits a strong odor that

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
Deer Damage on Evergreens, Mary Stone of Garden Dilemmas

To Prune or Not to Prune

Hello fellow readers, To prune or not to prune, that is the question from Mary of Blairstown (that would be me) and oodles of others who are perplexed and annoyed by the devastating damage from the harsh winter. Plants that normally would be well on their way to showing signs of promi