Category Archives: Gardening Tips

The Downside: Components of Healthy Topsoil

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By, the old guy with a pony tail at Mendham Garden Center

You can call it dirt, soil, root zone or a host of other terms. It’s the downside to the establishment and management of your lawn.

A turf manager once told me, “You can grow grass on a rock, just give it what it needs”. Although this is true, deep healthy topsoil works a whole lot better.

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What Do I Do with My Garden in Winter?

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It’s winter, and while the rest of the world seems to be hibernating, you’re taking a page from that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song: you’ve got to get yourself back to the garden.

The ground outside may be frozen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t focus on your garden. There are things you can grow, and springtime preparations to make. Here are a few things you can do with your garden this winter. Continue Reading What Do I Do with My Garden in Winter?

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Garden

It’s the closing moments of December 31, 2018. The old year is about to fade away, making room for the new one.

And after you’ve counted down until midnight and popped open the champagne, you take a minute to look into the future. You think about the resolutions you’ve made for the coming year…and wonder if you’ll be able to stick to them.

We can’t help you get to the gym every day or read more books. But we can offer some alternative resolutions, ones geared to your garden.

Here are 10 resolutions that can make gardening in Hunterdon County a new experience in 2019.

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October Gardening Chores: Getting the Most Out of Your Garden

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Leaves can damage your lawn, so make sure you rake them up.

October is here! The leaves have turned from green to marvelous shades of red and gold, and in some cases have begun to fall.

But even though the weather is getting colder, there’s still plenty you can do with your garden. In fact, the cooler temperatures can help make October gardening a joy. Here are a few October gardening chores you should focus on this time of year.

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Back to School: 5 of the Best Gardening Books

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Fall is here and school is back in session. By now you’ve probably gotten your kids acclimated to their regular academic routine, but what about your own education?

Specifically, your gardening education. You could always read the other entries in our Gardening Guide, where we use the collective knowledge from our garden center to discuss everything from lawns, to landscaping, to birdfeeders, but you might want something a little more in-depth.

There are a wealth of great gardening books out there, enough to fill a lot more than just one blog post. Here are a few of the best:

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Summer’s End: Getting Your Garden Ready for Autumn

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Whenever people write poems about autumn, they tend to focus on the inexorable passage of time, and how fall seems like the end of the growing season.

But here at our Chester nursery, we choose to see autumn not as an ending, but as a new beginning, the start of a new growing season and a chance to try new things and prepare for the winter.

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Battling Japanese Beetles: How to Get Rid of These Garden Pests

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The average lifespan of a Japanese beetle is only about four to six weeks, but as any gardener supply store could tell you, that’s enough time for them to make meal out of your garden.

But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against these pests. Peak Japanese beetle season is underway, so let’s take a look at some pest control methods you can use to keep them away from your plants.

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How to Protect Your Garden from Insects

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You love the plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables growing in your garden.

So do bugs.

And while some insect varieties can be beneficial to your backyard plant life, a lot of them can cause some serious damage.

Before you reach for the inspect spray, New Jersey gardeners, consider these pest control tips for keeping bugs away from your plants.

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How to Maintain a Vegetable Garden

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You don’t become healthy by accident. It takes work: eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc.

Your vegetable garden is the same way. It can only remain healthy through proper maintenance. Before heading out to buy plants, seeds or garden fertilizer, New Jersey gardeners might want to read up on a few ways to maintain a healthy vegetable garden.

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Anyone Can Garden with These 5 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

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Which sounds more appealing?

  1. A salad made from vegetables you grew yourself
  2. A salad made from vegetables that spent days traveling from a farm to your local grocery store

We think the answer is A, and not just because we’ve got a stake in the world of New Jersey garden supply. Fresh, home-grown vegetables will always win out over their store-bought counterparts.

At the same time, the idea of growing your own vegetables can seem pretty daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Anyone can start a garden with a little patience, and the help of these easy-to-grow vegetables:

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