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May 5, 2022

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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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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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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TRENTON, NJ  – State employees will soon be given the option to work-from-home on a permanent basis. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently voted to approve a pilot program empowering State of New Jersey departments and authorities to establish a telework program for ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY/RUTGERS UNIVERSITY - The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County wants to help you grow quality food, as well as pick the best plants for your landscape with the return of their weekly webcast: RU Ready 2 Garden. This free online event is open to the public. Master ...

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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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Fifty-two percent of New Jerseyans say the Garden State is off on the wrong track compared to 38% who say it is headed in the right direction, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. The latest numbers continue a downward trend first seen in October 2021 after a much ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Many gardeners are busy pruning shrubs to remove winter damage, control the size, or provide a bit of shaping before the season is well under way. Save some of the branches or cut a few from spring flowering shrubs to brighten your indoors. You’ll enjoy the added spring color ...

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PISCATAWAY, 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 types ...

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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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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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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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PISCATAWAY, 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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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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's some bad news for those hoping for a romantic rendezvous on Valentine's Day. A Rutgers researcher has found that in the time of COVID-19, when intimate relationships have been strained and human connections fleeting, singles seeking to settle down – and getting ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - 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 ...

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NEW JERSEY — Finding your better half can be both challenging and exciting, but maintaining a strong, long-term relationship can be even more elusive. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, real estate website Point2 conducted a study of which states are better at nurturing enduring ...

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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 decks can go ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Piscataway residents could experience a slight smell of chlorine in their water starting next week, as New Jersey American Water will be performing annual maintenance at the Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment plants.  As part of the routine maintenance, New Jersey ...

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NEW JERSEY - An overheating boiler is a dangerous situation that could lead to injury and/or explosion so prepping for such an emergency took center stage recently as members of the Nutley Fire Department and PSE&G’s Orange Gas District participated in a virtual tabletop safety ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the country's worst state to retire in, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of Best States to Retire. Neighboring New York didn't fare much better, finishing at No. 48. Delaware, No. 4, ranked highest of states bordering New ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA), administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) aims to help struggling homeowners, announced Governor Murphy.  The ERMA application portal will open for applications at: www.njerma.com on February ...

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They flit across your face, hover near your houseplants, or gather by the window. Fortunately, these fungus gnat insects are more annoying to us than harmful to our plants. This pest finds its way into our homes on plants added to our indoor houseplant collection or those moved inside after a ...

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NEW JERSEY -- As temperatures are expected to fall to around 9 degrees with wind chills of -2 tonight, residents are reminded to keep in mind that pets feel the cold, too.  As a reminder, NJ State Law says dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter ...

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Limited outdoor growing space or cold winters may have you missing fresh homegrown vegetables. Make this the winter you try growing a few vegetables in a sunny window or under artificial lights. Greens are one of the easiest to grow indoors. Most leafy vegetables tolerate the lower light ...

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Add garden fresh flavor to your meals year-round.  Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest and enjoy. Select a variety of herbs you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or fragrance. Basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage and thyme are some ...

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The New Year is filled with resolutions that usually involve dieting and exercise.  Gardening is a great way to help accomplish these two resolutions, while also improving your mood, reducing blood pressure, maintaining flexibility, burning calories and much more.  Resolve to grow your own ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Save money and indoor space used for starting seeds indoors with winter sowing. This easy technique allows you to start transplants from seeds outdoors without a greenhouse or cold frame. Growing your own transplants from seeds can save you money and is often the only option for ...

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It took less than 2 minutes for the fire that started in the dry Christmas tree to flashover in the demonstration room without sprinklers setting the entire room ablaze.  In the other demonstration room, equipped with sprinklers, in less than a minute the sprinklers triggered and extinguished the ...

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Pot them up, give them a chill and enjoy spring flowering bulbs indoors or outside on a patio, deck or porch. This is a great way to enjoy any bulbs that didn’t make it into the ground this season or take advantage of late season discounts on bulbs. Larger flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, ...

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