Category Archives: gardening

Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

Do you vegetable garden in raised beds? I do. Over the years I’ve grown vegetables in beds made out of everything from pine boards to bluestone. The beds I’ve raised my organically grown vegetables in over the past 17 or so … Continue reading

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Gardening: What IS the Gardener’s Reward?

My Dad was a vegetable gardener. My Mom was an herb gardener. And Me? I am a little-bit-of-everything gardener. Relatives on both sides of my family were (and are) farmers, so you could say that in my urban-suburban yard that I … Continue reading

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Beets: Easy Peasy to Grow and Bake

Most of us are not lukewarm about beets: Either you love beets or you hate them. My vegetable garden always has room for another row of beets so you know where I stand. Do you, like me, love beets? Have you grown … Continue reading

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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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Maui: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

As an avid gardener and long-time Essex County, NJ Master Gardener I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about lavender. After all, I grow lovely large plants here in New Jersey and I know how to prep/use lavender in bouquets … Continue reading

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Gardening: Roses to Rock Gardens 2015

One of my favorite annual May in Montclair events — Roses to Rock Gardens — is organized by the Van Vleck House & Gardens to support the upkeep of its historic property and programs here in Montclair, NJ. This year, I toured with my … Continue reading

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Plant Yourself Where You Want to Bloom or Bloom Where You’re Planted ?

Every morning I unlock the back door and step out onto my small back porch, walk down four steps onto a cobbled sidewalk and into my backyard garden. I planned and planted the majority of the garden while my Dad was still alive. I talked to him about my … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Chanticleer Garden

My girlfriend Pat, whom I met when we were studying to become Master Gardeners ten years ago, is one of my best friends. She is relocating out of state after many years of living the Jersey life. To extend our fun and bank … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Grounds for Sculpture

My girlfriend Pat, a fellow Master Gardener and one of my best friends, is moving after many years of living in New Jersey. To extend our fun and bank a bunch of new memories, we decided to visit as many “local” N.J. gardens as … Continue reading

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Roses to Rock Gardens: Spring in Montclair NJ

My husband Mike and I have lived in Montclair, N.J. since the mid-1980s. We think our town has some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern New Jersey. We have an active Garden Club, many resident members of  the Essex … Continue reading

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