Home & Garden

June 21, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – Organic produce may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Camden, but a community gardener in North Camden is hoping to change that. Jackie Santiago runs two community gardens in the neighborhood, one on the 300 block of Byron Street and another on the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov.  Phil Murphy has signed an executive order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1. However, a grace period that will run through December 31 will protect customers facing shutoffs, giving them time to enroll in payment assistance plans. “No one will face ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday. "This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Residents of Grant Ave. are currently experiencing a power outage. According to PSE&G, service is expected to be restored by 6 p.m. The outage is affecting less than a dozen homes in the vicinity of Quarry St., near Fr. Glotzbach Park. The cause of the outage is currently ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - 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 ...

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NUTLEY, NJ – As the community approaches June 30, the date when utility shutdowns are expected to resume in New Jersey, Newark residents in need of assistance can turn to several resources for help.   The utility shut-off moratorium prevented public and private utility companies from turning off ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on: Wilson Street between Bloomfield Avenue to the end Carrie Court between Bloomfield Avenue to the end Romano Street Between Bloomfield Avenue to the ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S968/A2836) that will require public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials and require landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels. “We must continue to take ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on: Cortland Street between Sargent Street and Albany Avenue Sargent Street between Franklin Avenue and Cortland Street Tremont Place between Franklin Avenue to the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — 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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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Stay tuned to HGTV this month as a home in Piscataway Township will be featured on an episode of House Hunters. Township officials made the announcement on Friday, declining to give details as part of a nondisclosure agreement with the show. However, viewers can tune in ...

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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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NUTLEY, NJ - 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 ...

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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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NUTLEY, 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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NUTLEY, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on: ·         Holmes Street between Spring Street and Prospect Street ·         Williams Street between Franklin Avenue and Prospect Street ·         Speer Place between William Street ...

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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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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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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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Now is the time to take a walk around the yard, check the lawn for damage and provide a bit of early spring 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 and gray ...

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There is a water main break at Stager Street and Franklin Avenue due to damage caused by the PSE&G gas main replacement project. Residents and businesses in the affected area may experience discolored water and low water pressure. Brown water occurs when the flow of water in the mains is ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- While spring is in bloom all across Hamilton Township, sadly, the annual spring Azalea festival will not be opening this year. Hamilton Township announced on Monday that the 2021 Azalea Festival, which has initially been scheduled for Saturday, May 8, has been canceled due to the ...

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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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There has been a vehicular accident involving a fire hydrant at the intersection of Holmes and Prospect Streets.   Residents and businesses in the affected area may experience discolored water and low water pressure. Brown water occurs when the flow of water in the mains is altered. That can ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on:  Coppola Street between Ernest Street and Gonnelli Street Gonnelli Street between Coppola Street to the end Essex Street between Franklin Avenue and Ernest ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — 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 ...

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