Category Archives: Herbs

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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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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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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Weight Watchers Soup Recipe Revisited

Yes, I wrote about my friend Lori’s zero point Weight Watchers soup recipe a while ago. The recipe is here. I admit that I don’t eat a ton of soup (unlike my daughter Tory who lives on the stuff when … 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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Dirty Knees and a Happy Heart Derailed By Freezing Temps!

Last week the sun was shining and I wandered around my gardens looking for signs of Spring, of life. It’s an annual ritual: A gardener looking for her garden. The good news? All my old friends are beginning to stir! … Continue reading

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SpringFest 2012 at the Sussex County, N.J. Fairgrounds

This weekend was SpringFest, held at the Sussex County, NJ Fairgrounds. Garden designers, landscapers, garden centers and vendors from around New Jersey come together to create sample gardens, talk up their businesses and ideas, sell garden accessories and plants, and … Continue reading

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Winter Is Showing Signs of Spring Here in Northern New Jersey

The winter weather in Northern New Jersey has been mild, deceptively mild so far. It’s making me nervous that I can go outside many days in just a heavy sweater. I’ve pulled on snow boots precisely once so far this … Continue reading

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Garden Club: Design Monday

My weekend was busy, mostly because I was preparing for garden club competition Monday! Yes! It’s time again for all good designers to pull out their clippers, condition their flowers and create winning designs, at least in my local garden … Continue reading

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A Spring Victory Garden

A few weeks ago I planted leaf lettuce and radishes; then it snowed. We had a sun shiny day yesterday and I strolled to the veggie garden to see if they seeds had survived. In fact, they are growing! So … Continue reading

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