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August 16, 2021

NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Department of Recreation and Parks has put residents on notice that the Spotted Lantern Fly has arrived in the township. The spotted lanternfly causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many ...

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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - School's out for summer and now is the perfect time to make good on that resolutions to de-clutter starting with all the paper that's accumulated around the house. Hate all the piles of school papers, utility statements, credit card statements and other papers containing personal ...

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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - Last year, Brian Bukoskey and Kyle Rafferty decided to turn a passion for woodworking and carpentry into a business and 1316 Timberworks was born. The Milltown business provides custom-made woodworking projects to suit customers' needs. The men came up with the unique name by putting ...

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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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NEW JERSEY - Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers. Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation ...

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NEW JERSEY - Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape. Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with ...

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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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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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NEW JERSEY - Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages. Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Residents with leaves left to be collected can put them out on Mondays from April 5 through April 26. Leaves should be placed in biodegradable paper bags according to the spring/summer Department of Public Works flyer. Grass collections begin on Mondays in May and run through ...

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NEW JERSEY - 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 ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ -  The borough's Department of Public Works will collect Christmas trees on three designated Mondays this winter. Collection dates include Monday, January 11, Monday, January 25, and Monday, February 1. There will not be any Christmas tree collection on Monday, January 18 because of ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday means changes in regularly scheduled trash pickups for residents on Thursday and Friday. The Milltown Department of Public Works announced scheduling changes for next week via a Nixle advisory. Garbage pickups scheduled for Thursday, November 26 ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - Fall is here, which can only mean the annual leaf raking ritual will begin in the upcoming weeks. To help residents with the cleanup, the Milltown Department of Public Works will begin handing out leaf bags on Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to noon and the DPW's new garage. Bags ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough's Utility Department will begin hydrant flushing on Tuesday, September 29. Flushing will be done during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to information posted on the Milltown Borough website, hydrant flushing is a requirement from the New Jersey Department of ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Fall has arrived and it won't be long before the annual ritual of raking leaves begins. Starting on Saturday, October 2, the borough's Department of Public Works will begin providing residents with free leaf bags. Bags will be available for pickup on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m.

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