Category Archives: gardening

Start your garden with a little newspaper, toilet paper and bleach

Jeanne Dunstane and Pat Guckenberger are Master Gardeners from opposite ends of the county. Jeanne gardens among the rocks and deer in Bushkill. She talks about making manure from deer poop. Guckenberger lives in Gilbert and has her own stories about planting among the rabbits. Together, they did a presentation about everything from seedlings to […]

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Sure seems like spring

 We didn’t really have winter so you probably didn’t notice signs of spring in the Poconos.  But the birds and the critters sure did.   It was gradual, for sure, but the birds are changing. Just like the leaves change in autumn, the birds at the feeders are different. Two weeks ago I noticed goldfinches […]

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Who can resist a bargain?

Prices are going up all over the Poconos, but if you look around, you can still find a few bargains. Pets are expensive, there’s no getting around it. But we owe our cuddly critters health care. The Eastern Pa Animal Alliance is once again offering a low-cost spay/neuter service and monthly vaccine clinic from 8:30 […]

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A reprieve from winter

Last week the little picture of the moon and the cold crisp night sent me into a panic. Scattered frost was on the way and I wanted to save the dahlias. Scattered could mean it might not hit my microclimate in Gilbert. But I knew it would. I was in a frenzy because I had […]

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The best $3.95 ever spent

When I bought my plants in spring I selected a small (no tiny) butterfly bush in a tiny pot for $3.95. The sales clerk at the garden center assured me it was the same as the big ones for $16.95 and higher. It didn’t look like it, but it was. Now, I really didn’t expect […]

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Rain, rain, come again

Just when I was trying to figure out how to put in an irrigation system (better known in my  small garden as a soaker hose), it started raining. And raining. We had 4 inches in three days. And now it’s raining again. I personally love it. My garden has never been so happy. My grass has never […]

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Get your act together and enter the fair

Hard to believe the summer is almost over. It must be, because it’s time to send in your registration if you want to submit your vegetables and flowers in the West End Fair. Friday is the deadline. The county fair is open to all residents of Monroe County. New this year are an ethnic category in both […]

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You can’t let fear keep you out of garden

Last night I could hold off no longer. Snake or no snake, it was time to take scraps to the compost bin.   I kept telling myself I would be OK with seeing it there. But I wasn’t. So I just pulling weeds waiting until the sky would turn dark. I thought it would be […]

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Hey, you. Get out of my compost bin!

A few nights ago I was making a happy trip out to my compost bin. I opened the lid and started dumping my watermelon rinds. Then I saw it. A black and white snake curled up on top of the pile. I ran back to the house and told my husband Ronnie.  He had to see […]

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Don’t try this at home

So the story goes that every weekend the former owners of our house, a nice elderly couple, went for a Sunday drive. Most people would go for dinner, or ice cream. They went to look at shrubbery. And would return home with at least one shrub. Then they’d plant that shrub somewhere in the yard, […]

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