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“How Could It Be My Fault?”

     I love my work! One of the things I sometimes do on my day off is visit other Independent Garden Centers. Always trying to be better at my craft, I gain perspective, get inspired, sometimes steal ideas and look and listen at what others...

Problem Solving with an Invasive?

Last summer, I was approached by a very good customer to solve a problem at one of her commercial properties. It seems, over the years, attempts to have a colorful, durable plant survive being embedded within Belgian Block, concrete and surrounded by steel fencing had...

Pins & Needles… OUCH!

     Last summer, the weeding around our home got ahead of me. Despite my best efforts, trying to keep our landscape beds and container plants weed free, the weeds prevailed. Perhaps it was all the rain that kept me from my responsibilities? There was one...

Prickly Pear

There is a plant, that no matter where I was this winter, it seemed as though I could not escape it. Whether it was snowplowing, traveling to Mexico or watching a play at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, there it was. A...

In The Not Too Distant Future…

Recently I returned from the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore, Maryland, one of the nation’s largest trade shows for the Independent Garden Center. More than 11,000 registered attendees came from 48 states and 16 countries to visit 956 exhibiting companies all there to...

Replacing The Swiss Cheese in Your Garden

     Over the past couple of years, there has been an influx of pathogens and insects setting their sights on destroying your garden spaces. Starting with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, there has been Impatiens Downy Mildew, Basil Downy Mildew, Sudden Oak Death (SOD), Emerald Ash Borer,...

Saucy Strawberries, Jambalaya & Bumbleberry

2018 was one of the wettest years on record which made it just terrible for gardening. Farmers here, in the Garden State, had awful yields of corn, tomatoes and peppers and unless you were into aquatic gardening, many plants just rotted. Alas, that was last...

“Let The Game Begin”

Here’s an attention getter for you… there is a Christmas tree shortage this year and you should expect prices to go up! Over the past year independent garden centers have known this truth and have been scrambling to have enough inventory to meet the demand....

Truffle Hunting in Umbria: A Symbiotic Relationship

One of my best life experiences was towards the end of our vacation, this past summer, when my family and a few friends went truffle hunting in Italy. Traveling on the Intercity train, we trekked nearly 100 miles north of Rome to Spoleto, Italy. Following...

The Vatican Gardens & Those Amazing “Broccoli Trees”

Picking up on where I left off last month, I finished the summer right where I started it, touring gardens. I have a very good friend, Dan Bartiromo, who sells travel. Dan has always had the ability to put me in the right place, at...