Home & Garden

February 10, 2020

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house.  Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems. Avoid problems by selecting plants suited to your home’s growing conditions and ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - Appearing on an episode of House Hunters was a bucket list item for Milltown resident and business owner Katty Velez. When the opportunity presented itself, Velez jumped at the change to appear on an episode along with one of her clients. The episode aired last week on HGTV and the ...

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Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers.  Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care. Take some time to evaluate the quality of the cut flowers you plan to purchase. Select fresh flowers ...

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It starts with one plant on a sunny windowsill then morphs into an impenetrable jungle. You may feel you need a machete to reach each individual plant to water and tend. Clear the way to improved growing conditions and convenient care while showcasing every plant with style. Group plants with ...

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NEW JERSEY - Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success with a quality potting mix. This can be more difficult than it sounds since you can’t see or feel the product you are about to buy. Ask your gardening friends for recommendations and once at the garden center, check the ...

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As garden catalogs are piling up and online versions fill your inbox, your thoughts may turn to the growing season ahead. With so many choices of beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables it can be overwhelming and hard to resist buying more seeds and plants than you have space to grow and time ...

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Take a break from the holiday rush for a bit of gardening relief.  Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and cones to create a holiday centerpiece.  Most gardeners are used to walking into their summer garden collecting ...

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The holidays are upon us and busy schedules often send us into a panic when looking for the perfect gift for those on our list. No matter your budget, there are affordable gift options your friends and family will love. Tools are always a welcome gift.  Most gardeners are reluctant to invest in ...

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Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show you care. Making them from items grown in your garden adds that extra personal touch. And just like the plant, decorations and gifts made from milkweed pods are gaining in popularity. Considered a weed by some, common milkweed is making a comeback as ...

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Holidays are a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, share a special meal and exchange gifts. Finding the perfect gift for those we love can be overwhelming and stressful. No need to fret; give the gift of gardening that provides seasons of joy. It doesn’t matter if your recipient is ...

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In just fifteen minutes you can plant a beautiful garden guaranteed to brighten your spirits and indoor décor this winter.  All you need is a container with drainage holes, potting mix and some tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.  Once you have gathered the needed materials, you can ...

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Add some unique beauty to your indoor décor or give the gift of low maintenance splendor with the easy-care cyclamen. You’ll enjoy the colorful plain or ruffled white, pink, rose or lavender flowers that look like shooting stars hovering over heart shaped leaves with silvery highlights. Best of ...

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Let amaryllis fill your home with flowers for the holidays and keep the blossoms coming all winter long. When you plant several different types of amaryllis bulbs, from both the southern and northern hemisphere, you can be sure to get a long-lasting, colorful show that will brighten your mood and ...

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NEW JERSEY  - Raking fall leaves can seem like a chore and a never-ending one, at that. Reduce time and effort spent managing fall leaves by putting this valuable resource to work in your landscape.  Use your mower to recycle leaves right where they fall. As you mow the grass, you’ll shred the ...

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Pick a few pansy flowers and add a smile to any occasion. No matter where you live, pansies provide color, and in some cases, fragrance to the garden and containers during the cooler months of the year. Pick a few flowers and freeze them in ice cube trays to serve in your favorite beverage. Or ...

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Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages and meals this summer with homegrown mint.  Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream.  Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique sweet and refreshing flavor in desserts and ...

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NEW JERSEY: Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure to add a festive touch. Look for opportunities to ...

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