Home & Garden

September 20, 2020

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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You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. Don't worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season. Blossom end rot is a common problem on the first set of fruit. The bottom of the tomato turns black. This is not ...

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Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well known but our native bees are also critically important. We can help our native bees and gardens by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and providing shelter as well as food and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe ...

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Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick.  Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky ...

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each ...

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Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers.  And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile. Behavioral research at Rutgers University found ...

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Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a good addition to ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs.  Plant them in spring among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late ...

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No matter where you garden there never seems to be enough time to grow all the fresh vegetables desired.  Planting earlier or just providing plants with some added warmth on chilly days and nights can reduce the time from planting to harvest. Southern gardeners will enjoy the additional time for ...

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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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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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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit.  Gardeners know and research proves that getting outdoors, digging in the soil and gardening help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, reduce stress and elevate our mood. Include gardening as a major component of ...

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You don’t need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to help pollinate plants. It’s just a matter of selecting the right plants, adjusting your maintenance practices, and ...

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As winter fades into spring, gardeners can’t wait to get busy in the garden.  Pruning, cutting back perennials and ornamental grasses and preparing the garden for spring planting are just a few of the tasks.  Keep yourself and the pollinators overwintering in your garden safe as you start the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - You can judge for yourself whether the new grape tomato recently unveiled by agricultural experts at Rutgers - intensely sweet, but with a moderate amount of acidity - seems to embody life in New Jersey. What is undeniable is that the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment ...

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Create an outdoor space to relax and recharge. Transform a corner of your landscape, deck or balcony into your own escape from everyday deadlines and stress. Use decorative fencing, sheer curtains or plantings to define the space and create a bit of privacy. An outdoor carpet, steppers or ...

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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’s time to select and decorate pumpkins for your Halloween display.  Get family and friends involved in a trip to the pumpkin farm and consider hosting a decorating party. Whether you grew your own or plan on purchasing one at a farm or garden center, select pumpkins free of holes, cuts and ...

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