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January 13, 2019

Plant away the stress of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty. Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva is the ...

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Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good — added beauty or tasty nutritional food.  But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just ...

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Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything. Gardeners as well as practical family ...

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Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the lawn ...

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The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.   Kids and adults love to watch ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. With the fall planting season right ...

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It’s all about timing when harvesting cucumbers for eating fresh or preserving as dill or sweet pickles. Picking these low-calorie vegetables ensures the best flavor, greatest nutritional value and suitability for pickling. Harvest cucumbers based on how you plan to use them.  Pick the fruit ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Master gardener Jon Gibbons, chairman of Lake Como’s Environmental Commission, has taken more than 60 other master gardeners in Monmouth County on tours this summer of Candide’s Garden, his own “earth-friendly” teaching garden on 18th Avenue. Orchestrated by Karin Poorvin, ...

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Busy schedules, overindulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden — or pot — are packed with super ...

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Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season. Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — It’s a yearlong celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This nonprofit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  — Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini?   It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once.  Your family, friends and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of ...

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