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Stop Garden Volcanoes Mary Stone Garden Dilemmas

Volcanos vs. Proper Planting

Hello fellow readers, 100 columns ago we began out garden chat; which has more to do than digging in the dirt as gardens are a medium for all that grows in life don’t you think? So for column 101 it seems fitting to reflect back on our very first topic; the etiquette of planting and m
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

Over seeding

Remember Ed from Basking Ridge who wrote in about his digger dog?  It seems Dulcie also loves a good game of fetch and Ed wonders how to create a lawn to stand up to speedy turns. His current lawn rolls up, has little root structure and is mostly crab grass and clover. Whether you hav
Fashion faux pas: Black socks with white sneakers

Landscape faux pas & Cocoa Mulch

Hello Fellow Readers, I am grateful to all of you that came to the Springfest Garden Show and attended my lecture, along with Marty Carson of Three Seasons, on the Dos and Don’ts of Landscape & Garden Design. It was a lighthearted spin comparing garden don’ts to fashion blunders.

Salt Impact on Plants

Hello fellow readers, This is getting silly – another 15 inches of snow followed by an icy wintery mix! John from Blairstown stopped while I was walking Ellie during the latest one-two punch and said, “You get an A for effort!”  Thanks John, I like to think of myself as an achie

Cold & Snow Impact on Pests

Hello fellow readers, Mr. Wooly Bear Caterpillar sure predicted this winter spot-on!  Jane from Bangor asked if our single digits and snow cover will help reduce bugs.  Wouldn’t that be a well-deserved outcome after all of this brrrrr!   They say invasive insects may be more susceptib

Gardening with Dogs

Hello fellow readers, We have a few garden diggers out there despite the freezing temps!  A few “teenage” puppies that is – Keswick of Stillwater and Dulcie of Basking Ridge to be specific. Regal names these digger dogs have! According to the Humane Society, training not to dig

Vertical Veggie Gardening

Hello fellow readers, Oh goodie!  Garden catalogues are here to tease our fancy and tickle our toes. Not sure what toes have to do with it, but it sounds exciting. And it is! John from Hope asked whether to grow veggies in those newfangled vertical garden “systems” and bags. It’s fun

In memory of Brother Bill

My beloved Brother Bill (“Brobber Bill”) passed away on December 21st. I was blessed to be able to travel to Florida to be by his side his last weeks.  Several overnights in the hospital and hospice and heartfelt pillow talks will be forever cherished as will he – a brave,

Winter Weather Predictions 2013-14

Hello fellow readers, Winter predictions are always a popular topic this time of year. You’ve heard the folklore; the wider the middle brown section of the wooly bear caterpillar the milder the coming winter. The more frenzied the nut collecting of squirrels the harsher the wint