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January 22, 2023

Fight the post-holiday blues with a bit of indoor gardening.  Keeping your houseplants healthy and looking their best with a bit of grooming this winter is sure to lift your spirits. Clip off any dead leaves as they appear. Use a sharp snips or bypass pruner to make a clean cut that looks tidy ...

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Nothing says the holidays like a poinsettia. This year, try some new ways to display this festive plant. Poinsettias are available in a variety of colors including white, pink, hot pink, yellow, peach, marbled and speckled. These colorful parts of the plant, often referred to as flowers, are ...

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Give a gift that helps your favorite gardeners enjoy the flavors of their garden well past the end of the growing season. Both new and experienced gardeners often spend their gardening budget on plants and seeds, leaving little or none to invest in food preservation equipment and supplies.  ...

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RAHWAY, 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. Yellow trumpet daffodils are classics, but ...

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Gardeners like a challenge and the sense of accomplishment when trying something new. Forcing poinsettias and Christmas cactus to rebloom provides such an opportunity. These plants need 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness each night to set flowers for the winter holidays.  Starting between late ...

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Take your garden to new heights with alliums. This ornamental member of the onion family provides welcome color as spring bulbs fade, and before summer perennials fill our gardens with colorful blooms. Most people have seen pictures of the giant allium, but there are many other options of flower ...

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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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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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RAHWAY, 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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RAHWAY, 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 them ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford librarians will soon be cultivating a new kind of collection at the Walnut Avenue building. Cranford Library was awarded $1,000 to establish a Native Seed Library for Union County from New Jersey American Water.  New Jersey American Water awarded a total of $41,000 as ...

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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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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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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S-2356) to extend the prohibition on utility shutoffs for certain residential customers with overdue utility payments who are waiting for a decision on their application for state assistance in paying off their utility bill ...

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RAHWAY, 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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RAHWAY, 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 of ...

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RAHWAY, 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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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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RAHWAY, 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 will ...

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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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RAHWAY, 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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RAHWAY, 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 season.

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RAHWAY, NJ — 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 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s moratorium on utility shutoffs will remain in place for another two and one-half months — to March 15 — giving water, municipal electric and sewer customers more time to pay or to enroll in a payment assistance plan. By extending Executive Order 246, which was expected ...

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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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RAHWAY, 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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TRENTON, NJ — On Tuesday, December 21, Governor Murphy signed legislation (S4081) extending the utility shutoff grace period from December 31, 2021 to March 15, 2022 for all water, municipal electric and sewer customers. The legislation also extends the payment plan provisions of Executive Order ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The holidays have arrived and so has the Christmas cactus. Set this favorite holiday plant in a basket, decorative pot or foil wrap, and it will be ready to give as a gift or add to your holiday décor. With proper care this holiday favorite can flower for four to eight weeks and grow ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for Thanksgiving week in Rahway seems to favor everyone's plan to shop locally ahead of their big dinner events on Thursday and during Small Business Saturday. Friday there is a 45% chance of rain in the early part of the day. For everyone ...

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