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August 18, 2022

Keep your garden looking its best with a bit of deadheading. Removing faded flowers can promote repeat bloom on some plants, encourage fuller, more compact growth, and tidy up the garden. Use a bypass pruner or deadheading snips to remove faded flowers. These tools have two sharp blades like ...

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Gardening isn't just about planting flowers anymore. In fact, your garden has taken on an enormous amount of responsibility over the past decade. The Summit Free Public Library located at 75 Maple Street in Summit, NJ installed two rain gardens with the help of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — 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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NUTLEY, NJ - Keep enjoying your homegrown herbs all year round. Harvest throughout the growing season and include them in garden-fresh meals. Then preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - There is a major water main break on the Newark / Belleville border in Branch Brook Park. Due to a major, 72-inch Water Main Break, sections of Belleville are experiencing discolored water and low/no water pressure. Mayor Michael Melham reports that the Belleville Fire ...

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There is a severe water main break on Van Winkle Avenue. Residents who receive Newark Water (west of Ridge Road and Van Winkle Avenue( may have discolored water and low water pressure. Brown water occurs when the flow of water in the mains is altered. That can occur from unauthorized use of fire ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, recently launched ‘New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!’, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens ...

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Poor flowering and misshapen or a lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden. We watch for and can’t wait to taste that first red ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Japanese knotweed and Chinese silver grass may look lovely as accents to your well-coifed yard, but these invasive plants are at the root of a growing problem. These and other types of foreign plants spread from your garden and end up anywhere and seemingly everywhere - along ...

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Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season. Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the ...

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Fill your gardens with color from spring through summer and even into fall with a variety of pollinator-friendly phlox. The beauty, diversity, and usefulness in the garden of this group of plants had the National Garden Bureau declare 2022 Year of the Phlox. Start out the growing season with ...

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Cilantro is a favorite ingredient in guacamole, tacos, rice dishes and of course salsa. But as summer temperatures climb, the cilantro quickly goes to seed.  This can be frustrating but using all parts of the plant or growing a heat tolerant cilantro-flavored substitute can help. Gardeners in ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Readers are reporting, and TAPinto Nutley confirmed, a water main break on Passaic Ave. near the border with Clifton on Friday, July 15. Residents and commercial customers should expect discolored water and low water pressure.  The discolored water is safe, the discoloration is ...

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Every garden season is filled with beautiful and tasty surprises along with a few challenges. One challenge gardeners face each year is managing insect pests while keeping the pollinators safe. Fortunately, only a very small percent of insects in our landscapes are harmful. The rest help pollinate ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Put rainwater to use in your landscape with the help of rain barrels. This centuries old technique allows you to capture rainfall to use for watering ornamental gardens and containers.  Always start with a call to your local municipality. Some have restrictions on water harvesting, ...

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The festive spirit surrounding July 4th celebrations often overshadows the many forgotten personal hardships and sacrifices inflicted upon those who fought for and believed in American independence. Although the Declaration of Independence stated, “All men are created equal” it would take 87 years ...

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Don’t toss those imperfect lettuce leaves, onion tops and strawberry tops into the trash. Instead, convert them into compost right in the garden.  Worm and pile composting are great ways to manage these scraps.  But if these methods aren’t for you, try trench composting. This centuries old ...

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Create long-lasting beauty and pollinator appeal in your landscape with the help of perennials. With a little bit of planning, you can have flowers, foliage and seed heads that add interest to your garden year-round. Select perennials including native plants that thrive in the sunlight, soil, ...

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Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance.  Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to heat and wind, so requires frequent, ...

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Due to complications from new construction on Centre Street between Franklin Avenue and Prospect Street, residents may experience low or no water pressure, along with discolored water. Repairs should be made shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please run cold water 10-15 minutes or ...

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Don’t worry if you have already spent most of your plant budget for the year.  Fill voids in your gardens and containers with heat tolerant annuals planted from seeds directly in the garden. Zinnia and marigolds are traditional favorites often started from seeds planted directly in the garden.

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Keep garden-fresh tomatoes close at hand this season. Grow one or more in containers on your patio, balcony, or front steps. Any tomato can be grown in a pot, but determinate varieties are smaller and more compact, so they are a bit easier to manage in a container. They produce fruit in a ...

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No matter where you live, the conservation and wise use of water in our gardens and landscapes is important. Sustainable water use helps grow beautiful gardens while conserving water and helping reduce water pollution and stormwater overflows. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter ...

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Enjoy your garden and landscape once the sun sets with strategically placed and attractive landscape lighting. Select the best type of light that complements your garden design and best accomplishes the intended purpose. Solar-powered lighting eliminates the need for outdoor outlets, extension ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Put rainwater to use in your landscape with the help of rain barrels. This centuries old technique allows you to capture rainfall to use for watering ornamental gardens and containers.  Always start with a call to your local municipality. Some have restrictions on water harvesting, ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment. The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - 'No Mow May' is a grassroots environmental effort that has taken the world by storm. In a nutshell, homeowners are encouraged to not mow their lawn for the entire month of may in order to protect habitat for emerging pollinators.  All those butterflies and bees grow up somewhere, ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Give your perennials a boost this spring with a topdressing of compost, aged manure, or other organic matter. It’s a great way to revive tired gardens, improve a garden’s overall health, and keep vibrant perennials healthy and blooming. Research found topdressing your garden with ...

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As you plan this year’s garden, be sure to include some strawberries. They are low in calories, high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and provide seasonal interest in gardens and containers. Best of all, you don’t need much space to grow this delicious fruit. There are three types of strawberries: ...

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Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance.  Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to heat and wind, so requires frequent, ...

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