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September 19, 2018

Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors. Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of ...

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It’s all about timing when harvesting cucumbers for eating fresh or preserving as dill or sweet pickles. Picking these low-calorie vegetables ensures the best flavor, greatest nutritional value and suitability for pickling. Harvest cucumbers based on how you plan to use them.  Pick the fruit ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool – a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is also a great time to prepare gardens for the next planting season. Investing time up front to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Too much, not enough, and never when you need it. This is a common complaint of gardeners. Keeping and using water where it falls is the first step in managing this precious resource. Planting and maintaining a healthy landscape is a good place to start. Trees, shrubs, ...

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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit.  Gardeners have always know it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour.  Include gardening as a ...

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Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super ...

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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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Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew infected your plant. This is one of the most widespread fungal diseases and attacks a wide range of plants. You may see mildew on a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and lawn grasses.

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and 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 three times more fresh herbs than dried except for ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This non-profit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization, to brighten your garden, attract pollinators and outperform other ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you having difficulty protecting your plants and vegetables from backyard deer? The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County would like to invite you to “Deer Resistant Gardens with Native Plants.” This free seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon June 9 at the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Making a few changes in your garden care can yield great benefits.  Less time and water wasted means more time for you to relax or entertain friends and family in your beautiful landscape.  Water is critical throughout the life of a plant, but deciding when and how much water ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access.  Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near your kitchen door, grill or table for ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A shady spot provides welcome relief from the summer heat; but it can make growing a beautiful garden a bit more challenging. Take heart, your landscape may receive more sunlight than you suspect and if not, there are quite a few shade-tolerant plants you can ...

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SOMERSET NJ - Sister2Sister, a regional non-profit that supports women fighting breast cancer in minority and under-served communities, is involved in an ambitious project that will transform the acreage adjacent to its historic retreat into a sprawling vista of colors and comforts. Hillsborough ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. And best of all, with very little care, you’ll be enjoying them for years to come. Plant different ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini?   It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once.  Your family, friends and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s time to break out the seeds and potting mix to start your garden plants indoors.  It’s a great way to keep your green thumb in shape over winter. Plus, you’ll save money, increase your variety of plants and jump start the growing season when you start seeds under LED ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Winter can be hard on gardeners and our indoor plants. Low light, shorter days and dry air stress our houseplants while helping insects thrive. Don’t despair if insects have moved in and your plants are struggling with yellow or speckled leaves. Instead, invest a bit of time ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Ease into the hectic holiday season with the help of aromatherapy. The fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to improve the health of our mind, body and spirit. Boost your energy and increase your focus as you work to balance work, family and ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Brighten those gray winter days with a few colorful, easy-care amaryllis. The 6- to 10-inch trumpet shaped blossoms are sure to generate a smile and brighten your mood. And consider sharing the fun of growing these beauties with friends and families. Watching the bulbs ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ- Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Piscataway residents are reminded to turn clocks back one hour. While most people look forward to the extra hour of sleep this weekend, the end of Daylight Savings time brings an earlier dusk.   From now until ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids.  You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do.   Start with a healthy flowering plant.  The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared ...

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