Category Archives: garden cleanup

DIY Landscaping Projects: Make Drain Pipes “Disappear”

Recently I helped my friend Karen prune an enormous yew in her front yard. The “shrub” is an epic 20 feet tall and was scruffy looking, to put it politely. We used a chain saw, a pole saw, large loppers and … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse: To Heat or Not To Heat. That’s Always the Question

A few years ago I convinced my husband Mike to buy and assemble a 6’x8′ greenhouse … I presented him with a couple of super logical reasons why the idea was a good one: (1) I would save money by overwintering the kind-of-expensive summer tender tropical … Continue reading

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Spring Gardening: Woman versus Bunny

After more than 20 hours of annual spring garden bed cleanup … and I’m not finished yet … I decided to reward myself and officially plant my spring vegetable garden. Yesterday afternoon I tucked in seeds and young plants, hoping to get … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Fertilize the Hollies?

This past weekend was the perfect time to fertilize the hollies! I headed outside and began to walk across our front porch, our winter-filthy front porch. “Hmmm. It will only take 30 minutes to spread the fertilizer,” I thought. “Let … Continue reading

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Weekend Mashup: Turtleheads, a Wedding and a Bull

It’s September and for the first time in many, many years, my daughter Tory is not playing club softball every weekend September -early November. It’s a whole new world for me! My brain is hopping around, unable to settle on … Continue reading

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Fun in the Sun: Jersey versus Vegas, Baby

My husband left for Vegas before dawn cracked this morning. He’s having fun in Sin City at a convention. And me? I got up early and headed outside for fun in the sun right here in Jersey. I pruned for … Continue reading

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What Lurks Beneath the Greenhouse?

It’s going to be a crazy day around here so I got started early and planted the dozen seedlings I received from Territorial Seeds the other day (blog post to come). Anyway, I’m out in the garden weeding and tucking … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Day Makes

This is what I did today. It’s 84 degrees and humid in Northern New Jersey. I’m not complaining. Nope. My daughter Tory’s high school team won the first round of the state sectional tournament in softball today. That means that … Continue reading

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The Rapture in Northern New Jersey

Yesterday was “The Rapture,” a day someone predicted the world would end. Or was it the day the angels were supposed to arrive to whisk the good people to Heaven? Or God was coming for a final visit? I actually … Continue reading

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Are They Really Saying More Snow?

The Northeast, Northern New Jersey in particular, has been hard hit by weather this past winter. We had a brutal winter and even a few more inches of snow barely one day into spring. And now? Now we have a … Continue reading

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