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May 7, 2022

Keep garden-fresh tomatoes close at hand this season. Grow one or more in containers on your patio, balcony, or front steps. Any tomato can be grown in a pot, but determinate varieties are smaller and more compact, so they are a bit easier to manage in a container. They produce fruit in a ...

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Put away the harsh chemicals and work in concert with nature to manage pests in the garden. Create an inviting habitat for nature’s pest controllers to enlist their help with your gardening efforts. Lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects feed on damaging pests like aphids.

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Celebrate National Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, by planting new trees and caring for established ones in your landscape and community. This special holiday was first celebrated in 1872. Arbor Day celebrations continue to recognize the important role trees play in our environment and more ...

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Don’t let limited sunlight stop you from growing a beautiful garden. Make the most of shady locations with proper plant selection and design strategies.  Start the season with native spring ephemerals like hepatica, spring beauties and trout lilies. These plants grow and flower early in the ...

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Spring flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color. As your gardens come alive this spring, start making notes on needed improvements and provide some early season color and nectar for the pollinators. This will keep your landscape looking its best all season long and for ...

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NEW JERSEY -Many gardeners are busy pruning shrubs to remove winter damage, control the size, or provide a bit of shaping before the season is well under way. Save some of the branches or cut a few from spring flowering shrubs to brighten your indoors. You’ll enjoy the added spring color provided ...

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Growing dahlias is a must for anyone who loves cutting and arranging flowers. But there are hundreds of beautiful dahlia varieties to choose from and that can be overwhelming. To make the selection process easier, choose compatible colors that will look good together in the garden and in ...

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Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix. They also make gardening more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling. Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, there are a few ...

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Boost your success, save money, and reduce plastic waste when starting plants from seeds this year. The options are many, so you are sure to find one that works for you. Reuse plastic containers for starting plants from seeds. Disinfect the pots, flats, and cell packs before planting to avoid ...

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Go vertical to expand your outdoor gardening space, create privacy and add beauty to bare walls and fences. This centuries-old technique has been used to grow food and flowers, adding beauty and productivity from the ground up.  Even those gardening on small city lots, balconies and decks can go ...

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Limited outdoor growing space or cold winters may have you missing fresh homegrown vegetables. Make this the winter you try growing a few vegetables in a sunny window or under artificial lights. Greens are one of the easiest to grow indoors. Most leafy vegetables tolerate the lower light ...

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Add garden fresh flavor to your meals year-round.  Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest and enjoy. Select a variety of herbs you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or fragrance. Basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage and thyme are some ...

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The New Year is filled with resolutions that usually involve dieting and exercise.  Gardening is a great way to help accomplish these two resolutions, while also improving your mood, reducing blood pressure, maintaining flexibility, burning calories and much more.    Resolve to grow your own ...

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Save money and indoor space used for starting seeds indoors with winter sowing. This easy technique allows you to start transplants from seeds outdoors without a greenhouse or cold frame. Growing your own transplants from seeds can save you money and is often the only option for new, unique, and ...

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Pot them up, give them a chill and enjoy spring flowering bulbs indoors or outside on a patio, deck or porch. This is a great way to enjoy any bulbs that didn’t make it into the ground this season or take advantage of late season discounts on bulbs. Larger flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, ...

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The holidays have arrived and so has the Christmas cactus. Set this favorite holiday plant in a basket, decorative pot or foil wrap and it will be ready to give as a gift or add to your holiday décor. With proper care this holiday favorite can flower for four to eight weeks and grow for decades, ...

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Give the gift of spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.  A pot of tulips, daffodils or other spring flowering bulbs is sure to brighten a dreary winter day and elevate the recipient’s mood. Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to ...

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The rich colors and fall bloom of Chrysanthemums represent fall for many. It’s also the November birth flower symbolizing cheerfulness, optimism, and friendship. Add a few to your indoor décor and help improve the indoor air quality in your home. This traditional favorite is often overlooked for ...

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Give a gift that provides beauty, entertainment, and health benefits throughout the year. With the recent increase in people gardening and bird watching, what could be more perfect than a gift that supports both interests? Birds visiting feeders, munching on the coneflower seeds in the garden ...

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Give a holiday gift that is guaranteed to bring joy and feelings of well-being. Research by Rutgers University found the gift of flowers generates a smile, elevates the recipient’s mood, and provides feelings of happiness that last for days. Amaryllis and paper white bulbs make it easy for anyone ...

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Brighten your indoor décor with beautiful blooming orchids. These living bouquets provide months of beauty with minimal care. Just provide the proper growing conditions and success is sure to follow. Start with a Phalaenopsis, moth orchid, that is best suited to the home environment making it ...

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The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year.  And the science behind it is just as intriguing.  Each fall as the days shorten our deciduous trees and shrubs begin this transformation.  The plants produce less of the chlorophyll that gives leaves ...

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Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try. Keep in mind that all flowers and vegetables will not come true from seed. Hybrids and those pollinated by ...

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Big, bold and beautiful, these dazzling tulips are sure to brighten your gardens and neighborhood. Include a few or all ten to create a colorful display throughout the spring that is sure to delight you and everyone who passes by. Welcome spring with Red Emperor, one of the earliest tulips to ...

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As the weather and gardens transition from summer to fall, it is time to adjust your maintenance practices ensuring the health, longevity, and beauty of your landscape.  Proper fall care will increase winter survival, support pollinators, and reduce your future workload. Continue watering as ...

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Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems and ...

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The extreme heat and drought of 2021 across much of the country has turned many lawns brown. Damaged lawns may be thin, contain dead patches or are overrun with weeds. Fall is a good time to improve the health and appearance of a weather-worn lawn. Start the process by evaluating the damage.

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Create a colorful year-round garden filled with flowers, greenery, colorful fruit, fall color, winter interest and a few surprises. Consider seasonal interest when planning a new garden or landscape. Adding a few key plants to existing gardens can help boost your landscape’s seasonal ...

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Enjoy and share the beauty of your flower garden all year long.  Pick and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and family.  Pick the flowers when they are at peak bloom and blossoms are dry. Cut flowers for drying mid-day when they contain less ...

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CLARK, NJ - The spotted lanternfly has appeared in Clark and throughout Union County this summer. According to officials, this invasive insect has the potential to impact dozens of important plant species including grape vines and black walnut trees. Residents and visitors are advised to keep an ...

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