Home & Garden

June 17, 2021

Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease. The first steps to growing a productive vegetable garden and protecting your harvest begin with proper planning and ...

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Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and help keep mosquitoes away. Plan your outdoor activities when mosquitoes are less active. Females are the ones ...

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Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows you to create a raised bed garden on the patio, lawn, or poor compacted soil. Straw bale gardening has been around for centuries, but thanks to Joel Karsten’s book Straw Bale Gardens it has ...

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Raised beds and elevated gardens provide easier access to gardens and can increase space available for growing vegetables and flowers. You will enjoy convenience and easy access when including one or more in your landscape or on your patio, deck, or balcony. Providing proper care for these ...

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Increase your growing success by giving your transplants a good start with a few simple planting techniques. Preparing them for the transition outdoors and planting properly will help you grow your best garden yet. Transplants started indoors from seed or purchased at a local garden center or ...

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Add a cool refreshing twist to your meals, beverages, appetizers, and snacks with cucumbers.  These popular vegetables are grown worldwide, adding anti-inflammatory vitamin K, vitamins C, B-5 and more to your meals. Take it a step further by using your own fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers. Grow ...

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As winter gives way to spring take a walk around the yard. Check the lawn for damage and provide a bit of early season care to help it recover from winter. Use a leaf rake to lightly lift and separate the matted grass blades. This helps speed drying, increase airflow, and reduce the risk of pink ...

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When your plant list is longer than the available gardening space it is time to expand your planting options. Create new gardening space by adding raised bed gardens, elevated planters, and containers wherever space allows. Convert the end of the drive or edge of the patio into raised bed ...

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We love watching the bunnies hopping across the lawn or ground squirrels scurrying away with a cheek full of seeds. That is, until they dine on our favorite shrub or take just one bite out of each red ripe tomato in the garden. Finding a way to coexist is critical for wildlife struggling to survive ...

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Be the first in your neighborhood to enjoy a garden-ripe tomato. Then continue harvesting an abundance of flavorful tomatoes throughout the growing season. A little planning and strategic planting can help you get an earlier and bigger tomato harvest. Jump start the season by warming the soil ...

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Treat that someone special in your life to a floral Valentine. You will have them smiling within seconds and feeling happier throughout the week ahead. Ensure your gift of cut flowers will look its best and provide many days of enjoyment with proper selection and care. You will also enjoy a bit ...

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Don’t let a lack of brightly lit windows stop you from gardening indoors.  Include some low maintenance, low light houseplants and maintenance strategies to boost your success. Low maintenance gardening starts with proper plant selection.  Match the plant to the growing conditions and your ...

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Add fresh flavor to your meals year-round with microgreens. These easy-to-grow greens need minimal space and no special equipment for a flavorful and nutritious harvest in little more than a week. Use microgreens on salads, soups, pizzas, omelets, in stir fries or as a snack. These tiny ...

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A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands, and the floor are often the first clue alerting gardeners to a problem. If a closer look reveals bumps on the upper and lower surface of leaves and stems, it means scale insects have moved in to dine on your houseplants. Severe infestations can ...

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Deadheading, trimming, and pruning are part of growing and maintaining a beautiful and productive garden and landscape. Make sure you are outfitted with the right tool for the job. Matching the tool to the pruning task will help ensure a proper cut, reduce hand fatigue, and allow you to work ...

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Clear out your fall containers and make room for some winter greenery.  These planters are sure to brighten those dreary winter days and add life to your landscape. Transform weatherproof summer and fall containers for winter. Fiberglass, plastic, cement and wood will hold up to the cold, ice ...

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When squirrels are busy storing nuts for winter, it’s time for gardeners to start gathering amaryllis bulbs to sustain them through the dreary months ahead. Ordering now will ensure you have lots of choices, so you can select an assortment of different flowers styles, colors, and bloom ...

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The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow safe and nutritious food, others are boosting the beauty of their landscape, and many are turning to gardening to relieve stress. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the ...

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As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape from ...

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Pumpkin is not just for dessert.  Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals. The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant.  Increasing the beta carotenes in ...

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Add a bit of flavor and health benefits to your main course with some homegrown garlic.  This vegetable has been used for thousands of years as both food and medicine.  Today it is credited with fighting heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting the immune system while ...

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Make your meals just a bit more special with homegrown garnishes.  You invest time and money growing, purchasing, and preparing quality ingredients. But do not stop there.  Add a nutritional and decorative flair as you plate your meal by adding a garnish of homegrown herbs.  Parsley is a ...

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Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care. Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and ...

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As summer transitions into fall, it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress. Let the weather and the condition of your lawn help you develop a plan suited to your landscape. Continue mowing actively growing lawns. Mow high, leaving cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescues at ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - Linus, Snoopy and Sally don't have any farther than Milltown to look for the sincerest pumpkin patch in the Garden State. A growing pumpkin patch on the front lawn of Heath and Kathy Doherty's Crestwood Drive home is fast becoming the neighborhood hot spot. The Milltown couple has ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick’s historic homes, like in other surrounding communities, continue to dwindle in numbers. Remaining historic homes, however, one might find standing alongside heavily traveled roads. However, those that were built further from the road on their farms were either ...

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No fruit on your tomato plants is likely due to the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm, sunny conditions, but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit. When daytime temperatures rise above 90 degrees and night temperatures remain above 70 degrees, blossom drop, ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Humorist and author Jamie Novak will present Writing your New, Clutter-free Chapter on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. You can register to join this virtual presentation from the South Brunswick Public Library on the Library's Events Calendar at http://www.sbpl.info Registration ...

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