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Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries Mary Stone

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

    Ep 161. Wonders of Willowwood with Bruce Crawford

    Ep 161. Wonders of Willowwood with Bruce Crawford

    I look forward to sharing a few glorious Wonders of Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township, NJ, as shared by Bruce Crawford, Manager of Horticulture of Morris County Park Commission. I especially adore the wisdom gained from the beauty of the old and declining trees. I hope you enjoy the story.Related Stories :Wandering Willowwood Arboretum — blog post Ep 34. Forest Bathing, Willowwood Champion TreesNo Mow May Helps Pollinators – Blog Post Ep 103. No Mow May & Marvelous ...

    • 10 min
    Ep 160. Comical Sagas plus Solutions for Carpenter Ants

    Ep 160. Comical Sagas plus Solutions for Carpenter Ants

    Today's topic hits close to home. Sandy's pine bark nuggets were filled with huge black ants and termites. The close-to-home part is that I was tackling carpenter ants that nested in the screened porch, so Sandy's dilemma was my dilemma, too.In this episode, we share a comical saga about determining the difference between carpenter ants and termites and safe ways to remedy the dilemma. I hope you enjoy the story. Related Stories Carpenter Ants and Termites in Mulch– Blog Post&...

    • 7 min
    Ep 159. Fixing Funky Fungi in Mulch

    Ep 159. Fixing Funky Fungi in Mulch

    Mushrooms are the fruit of valuable spores that decay organic material and recycle nutrients into the soil, which is good for plants. However, in volumes, they're unsightly in the garden. In this episode, we review the icky fungi that can develop in mulch (you may wish to put down your sandwich while tuning in — Ha!) And, we discuss how to prevent and fix the plethora of Funky Fungi in Mulch. I hope you enjoy the story.Related Stories Fixing Funky Fungi in Mulch– Blog Post&nbs...

    • 10 min
    Ep 158. Making Friends with Companion Plants

    Ep 158. Making Friends with Companion Plants

    This episode discusses Companion Plants for your Vegetable Garden to control pests, encourage beneficial insects and pollinators, and increase yields. We share an overview of Three Sisters Gardening, the origin of companion plantings from Native Americans.We wrap up with a reflection on when the podcast logo switched from Miss Ellie to now Jolee and how life changes like the seasons and endings bring new beginnings. I hope you enjoy the story.Related Stories Making Friends with Comp...

    • 9 min
    Ep 157. Benefits of Plantain & Dandelion "Weeds"

    Ep 157. Benefits of Plantain & Dandelion "Weeds"

    Have you ever considered Broadleaf Plantain, the flat-leaved weed that invades your lawn, a beneficial plant? It is, as are my favorite Dandelions.In this episode, we chat about the benefits of both and I share Koleen Garland's hilarious childhood memory of making dandelion wine sure to entertain. I hope you enjoy the story.Related Stories and Helpful Links: Benefits of Broadleaf Plantain & Dandelion "Weeds" – Blog PostGreat-Horned Owl meets Hawk -Blog Post Ep.116 - Great ...

    • 11 min
    Ep 156. Castor Beans & Jefferson's Monticello Lab for Plants

    Ep 156. Castor Beans & Jefferson's Monticello Lab for Plants

    Thomas Jefferson's birthdate recalls visiting Monticello, considered a Lab for Plants. We chat about the fascinating history of the plantation and Jefferson's Garden Book, which is filled with trials and tribulations. One is his remarkable Castor Bean Plants. We chat about Castor Bean Plants overcoming the concern of toxicity in the garden and how I used them to "Hide Uglies." The episode wraps up with a reflection on Thomas Jefferson's self-written epitaph, which suggests a sense ...

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

NJK9unit ,

Informative and heartwarming

It feels like I’m on the screened porch too. Very relaxing, informative, and heartwarming.

Rock_26 ,

A much needed tranquility!

Along with admiration for heros, compassion with helpful action for those struggling to make ends meet and prayers for those suffering from illness both medically and emotionally, take the time to find a quiet place and listen to Mary. A welcome dose of the regeneration of hope!

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