What a great time of year for edible gardeners in this part of the country. The harvest keeps coming thanks to a still-warm-enough Sun and just enough rain. It’s time to “process” some of that harvest, putting up goods for winter. There’s a whole new season to anticipate – one made up of cool weather crops soon to be sheltered by “mini hoop houses.” And, of course, it’s time to reflect on the victories and failures of the year and learn what we can for next spring. Continue reading
The 15th annual Art in the Garden show at Paxson Hill Farm takes place this Labor Day weekend. Each year, the show presents the work of more than 50 fine artists and artisans from around the Delaware River Valley. The mix of hand-woven garments, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, glassware, paintings, prints and much more makes this is a great opportunity for some early holiday shopping. Nothing beats locally made, quality, one-of-a-kind gifts!
Weeds, beetles, caterpillars, rabbits, groundhogs, excessive heat, downpours, miscalculations and a few failed crops… .
By this point in the summer, the average organic gardener may wonder (very briefly) if it’s really worth all the effort.
It just might help…if you go 100% organic. Scientists at the Rodale Institute (and other researchers) have found compelling evidence that organic farming helps soil bury (“sequester”) the carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to global warming. The same principles should apply to organic gardening and lawn care. That means we all have the power to help address this enormous problem…right in our own backyards. Continue reading
Another Earth Day has come and gone, begging the question: What will we do differently in the coming year to live more harmoniously with Mother Earth?
Like New Year’s, Earth Day inspires many of us to aspire. Since its debut in 1970, the day has served as an annual reminder that we can each do something more to green our lifestyles. So, just as we kick off the new year with a new diet or self-improvement list, we may mentally commit ourselves each Earth Day to recycle more or plant some trees. Continue reading
With snow on the ground and temps still in the teens, it’s hard to believe that one of Stockton, NJ’s harbingers of spring – the Rummage – is right around the corner. But weather aside, it’s time to clear out our homes, donate to a worthy cause and participate in one of our community’s biggest and most entertaining recycling opportunities.
What: The Stockton Borough School’s Annual Rummage Sale
When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Details: Saturday: Items are full price but the good stuff goes quickly! Sunday: Items are 1/2 price and the bag sale runs from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own bag!
Where: Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, NJ (directions at http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html
Why: Proceeds benefit the students of a terrific school that also happens to be NJ’s smallest and oldest elementary school.
Donate Starting This Sunday
Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to recycle the many items that clutter our homes long after we’ve stopped using them. Donated items will be sold to the public at very affordable prices during the two-day sale. All unsold items will go to a variety of charitable organizations — so they won’t end up in landfill. Donations are tax-deductible. Volunteers at the mill will give you a form.
You can donate any of the following gently used items:
- Books (except textbooks, travel guides, catalogs and magazines)
- Music (except videotapes)
- Electronics (except televisions and computers)
- Household items (except mattresses and stuffed furniture)
Drop off times: Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Residents of Solebury Township, PA, and many other Pennsylvania communities recently suffered through a multi-day power outage following a severe ice storm. Blown transformers and sub-stations caused power surges in homes, damaging heating systems, computers, televisions and appliances. People turned to wood-burning stoves for heat and visited their fire houses for WiFi and showers. And they waited, for days on end, for someone to let them know when life would return to normal. All this took place as many Southern states experienced unusual back-to-back snow and ice storms and California prepared for water rationing.
If events like these were rare, we could be excused for commenting on the crazy weather and then returning to our lives once power was restored. But we all know that extreme weather has become the norm. The Delaware River Valley has endured three lengthy power outages in as many years. And when we’re not experiencing violent weather here, we’re witnessing it on the news as yet another reporter says “Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power for days” following snow storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides and other biblical-size disasters. Read more