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Home & Garden

September 9, 2021

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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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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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ-- While insects may not be universally loved and are generally considered a nuisance, it's not often that government organizations encourage you to kill them.  Enter the Spotted Lanternfly. Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive planthopper native to ...

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NEW JERSEY - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them ...

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Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden. Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick ...

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Summer means hot and often dry weather for many gardeners. Keep your garden looking its best with less water and maintenance throughout the summer. Spread a layer of organic mulch like leaves, evergreen needles or wood chips on the soil surrounding plants. This helps keep plant roots cool, ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation will hold the webinar, Improving Food Security Through Gardening, on Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m.  The public will learn what they can do personally in their own gardens, locally, and regionally to address food insecurity.  The ...

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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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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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(TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher is encouraging New Jersey residents to help take part in eliminating Spotted Lanternfly egg masses before they hatch near the end of April or in early May. Secretary Fisher and NJDA Plant Industry Division Director Joseph ...

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Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years. Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first ...

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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit.  Gardeners have always know it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour.  Include gardening as a ...

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You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive.  Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning. Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, ensures a good start to the growing season. Check the back ...

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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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As you prepare your landscape for winter don’t overlook the trees, shrubs and perennials you have growing in containers. These need a bit of extra protection to help them survive cold winter temperatures.   The small amount of soil in container gardens does not always provide sufficient ...

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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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Dress up the table and your holiday meals with a centerpiece of fresh herbs. You and your family will enjoy snipping a few fresh sprigs to season your meal to your own taste. Purchase plants so they will be ready to harvest for the holidays. Many garden centers now carry herb plants year-round ...

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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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As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies or transition to your winter garden, do not overlook those leftover seeds.  Proper storage can extend their life so you will need to buy fewer seeds next season. With another shortage of garden seeds predicted for 2021 you will be glad you ...

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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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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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It’s time to think spring. Fall is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and other spring flowering bulbs. Use these early bloomers to welcome spring to your landscape. You’ll appreciate the color and cheery blooms after another long winter passes. Extend your enjoyment by including early ...

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Fall is a great time to create new garden beds.  Cool, usually drier, fall weather makes it easier to work in the garden and for plants to establish. Plus, the Garden To-do list is often a bit shorter this time of year and you will get a head start on the next growing season. Start by locating ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In the spirit of kicking off the fall season, Mayor Al Morgan approves the Pilley pumpkin as the community's BIGGEST pumpkin ever! New Providence resident Doug Pilley, along with his brother John and son Knevin, grew a “giant pumpkin” in their backyard, estimated to be ...

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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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