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May 19, 2022

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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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, 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 ...

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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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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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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - 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 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It takes a village to rid a state of spotted lanterflies. That’s why Rutgers University is enlisting the state’s K-12 teachers and students in a Spotted Lanternfly Eradication Unit through a program designed to teach how to trap and kill the invasive East Asia insect that ...

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CLIFTON, NJ – Have you ever thought about what it takes for clean drinking water to flow from your faucet? Drinking Water Week recognizes the hardworking people performing various roles to ensure tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year. Passaic Valley ...

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Celebrate National Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, by planting new trees and caring for established ones in your landscape and community. This special holiday was first celebrated in 1872. Arbor Day celebrations continue to recognize the important role trees play in our environment and more ...

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Put away the harsh chemicals and work in concert with nature to manage pests in the garden. Create an inviting habitat for nature’s pest controllers to enlist their help with your gardening efforts. Lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects feed on damaging pests like aphids.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders. Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world ...

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Boost this year’s harvest and reduce pest problems with less effort, while being kind to the environment.  Employ row covers, chicken wire cloches and crop cages to prevent damage without the aid of chemicals. Floating row covers of spun-bonded or woven materials let air, light, and water ...

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Don’t let limited sunlight stop you from growing a beautiful garden. Make the most of shady locations with proper plant selection and design strategies.  Start the season with native spring ephemerals like hepatica, spring beauties and trout lilies. These plants grow and flower early in the ...

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Spring flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color. As your gardens come alive this spring, start making notes on needed improvements and provide some early season color and nectar for the pollinators. This will keep your landscape looking its best all season long and for ...

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Growing a beautiful landscape starts with the soil under your feet. The best place to start building a healthy soil foundation is with a soil test. The results will tell you what type and how much, if any, fertilizer is needed for the plants you are growing. Using the right type and amount of ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table, guest room or to ...

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Boost your success, save money, and reduce plastic waste when starting plants from seeds this year. The options are many, so you are sure to find one that works for you. Reuse plastic containers for starting plants from seeds. Disinfect the pots, flats, and cell packs before planting to avoid ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix. They also make gardening more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling. Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - You don’t need a lot of space or a big budget to grow and enjoy garden-fresh bouquets. Just fill a few vacant spaces, add an extra row in garden beds or fill a container with easy care flowers started from seeds. You’ll jump-start the season and enjoy earlier blooms by starting some ...

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COVID-19 has doubled the number of people behind on their energy bill. If you are one of them, PSE&G can help you get back on track. Payment assistance programs have expanded to help more households, even those with higher incomes. PSE&G’s winter moratorium has ended March 15, 2022. If ...

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Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix. They also make gardening more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling. Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, there are a few ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - 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 ...

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NEW JERSEY: Daylight Saving Time is also traditionally a reminder to change the batteries and check hard-wiring in home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead ...

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Growing dahlias is a must for anyone who loves cutting and arranging flowers. But there are hundreds of beautiful dahlia varieties to choose from and that can be overwhelming. To make the selection process easier, choose compatible colors that will look good together in the garden and in ...

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Boost your success, save money, and reduce plastic waste when starting plants from seeds this year. The options are many, so you are sure to find one that works for you. Reuse plastic containers for starting plants from seeds. Disinfect the pots, flats, and cell packs before planting to avoid ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey residents can now submit applications for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), announced the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances they have on ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ — March has arrived and thoughts have turned to spring.  One tried-and-true sign that the season of renewal and rebirth is around the corner is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.  Although some may miss the one-hour loss of sleep, most ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Go vertical to expand your outdoor gardening space, create privacy and add beauty to bare walls and fences. This centuries-old technique has been used to grow food and flowers, adding beauty and productivity from the ground up.  Even those gardening on small city lots, balconies and ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix. They also make gardening more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling. Whether you purchase a kit or build your ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The world-famous Mounstsier-Hardie Garden on Rutgers Place will be open to the open to the public on two days this Spring as a benefit for the Garden Conservancy.  The garden is known to many as the host of the annual Nutley Family Service Bureau Garden Party. This Spring the whole ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that he has allocated $10 million in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to support New Jersey’s Foreclosure Prevention Act program administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency ...

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