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June 12, 2021

MONTVILLE, NJ -- Black bear sightings have been reported throughout Montville Township on local social media sites and home video cameras. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife offers the following bear safety tips on its website. Black bears by ...

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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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NEW JERSEY - Well, Jersey Girls and Guys, we mostly endured a hurricane, a pandemic, some flooding, lantern fly infestation, and a temporary shortage of toilet tissue, but nobody (outside the science community) could have predicted this -- a cicada invasion. Get ready for the shed shells, the ...

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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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Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden. Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some ...

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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 slightly ...

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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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MONTVILLE, NJ - Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. Start by growing the ingredients for your favorite recipes and ...

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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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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 perennial in ...

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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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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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MONTVILLE, NJ –The Montville Recreation Department has garden plots available for the 2021 planting season. Gardens are open to Montville Township Residents only. The Montville Community Park garden area is located at 130 Change Bridge Road in Montville and is available for all levels. If ...

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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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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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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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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, starting from 4am on Thursday morning until 10am on Friday.  The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models indicated ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – What a difference a day makes. Or two.  After the mix of sleet, ice, and a lot of rain from the Monday night storm, we got to enjoy a beautiful day on Tuesday to allow a lot of the existing snow to melt away.  This was a wonderful hint of warmer early spring days ahead.  Not so ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Some positive news on the weather for a change.  The coastal storm forecast for tonight into tomorrow has moved much closer to the coast, and further inland.  This has allowed both warmer temperatures to influence, and dry sections to begin to infiltrate the storm.  This has ...

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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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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The latest in the series of storms on what has previously been dubbed a conveyor belt will be making its appearance on Saturday evening.  The latest models have all come into agreement that the coastal low will form in the Mid-Atlantic region and track up the New Jersey coast ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for tonight until Noon on Thursday.  Temperatures will stay below or near freezing, and the cold air will meet up with a system moving from west to east. Light snow will start in mid-evening and is expected to ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – It has been quite a while since the snow patterns have been this consistent for a period as long as what has been occurring in February.  After the quick but steady thumping experienced on Sunday, there is another small storm that will make its way through our area on Tuesday.  This ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Confidence remains high that a significant coastal storm will leave all of New Jersey with measurable, and in most areas plowable snow by the end of Sunday.  The Saturday models have brought some previously mentioned variables into play, and with that, some adjustments to the ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gas up your snowblowers again!  For all those that simply hate the winter, apologies from mother nature are in order. For those who love the snow, this is a week you have dreamed about for a decade.  For the second time in a week, a significant to major snowstorm seems poised ...

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NEW JERSEY — As the snowstorm continues to bear down on New Jersey, with the Northern parts taking the brunt, Gov. Phil Murphy urged residents Monday morning to stay home and off the roads. “We are now about to enter the teeth, the worst of the storm. It's going to be really bad for the next 12 ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first flakes of the monster storm have arrived in south and central New Jersey.  It will be very light to flurries for most of the day and early evening before exploding into blizzard conditions for the majority of New Jersey through Tuesday morning. As noted previously, ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – After two years of little to no snow, mother nature has said enough is enough.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all but the farthest northern counties of New Jersey, and it is likely to encompass the entire state by the time the first flakes ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – As expected, the Friday storm passed far to our south, and as that occurred, the big chill arrived to spend part of the weekend with us.  We will continue to see the coldest temps in two years for the next day or two.  This extreme cold is actually helping to feed into the ...

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The beginning of a new year finds many gardeners preparing for the growing season ahead. Clearing space to start seeds indoors, inventorying seeds and supplies, and ordering seeds, plants, and more are usually part of the process. While organizing, you may uncover seeds from past seasons. Do not ...

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