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It’s the Roaring’ 20s, for Chipmunks

by NEEC Contributor

By David Wasmuth David Wasmuth is a local environmentalist and amateur naturalist. He is a Rutgers Environmental Steward and the founder of the Montclair Backyard Habitat Project.  Amid the mix of disturbing and hopeful news that has made 2020 a year like none other, one quietly odd phenomenon has been hard to ignore: chipmunks seem […]

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Suspicious seeds arrive in Montclair

by Jose German

By Jose German Here in Montclair and across the nation, an alarming number of people are reporting receiving strange packets of seeds by mail that they did not order. The mysterious packages are creating a wave of speculation around this scam. Most of the packages come from China, but some are from other foreign countries. […]

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Enjoying the lazy days of the summer

by Jose German

By Jose German High summer is here! Gardens are full of color despite the scarcity of rain, and the first monarch butterflies are floating gracefully through town. But this summer feels different. In the summer’s heat, a social uprising and a frightening pandemic are causing us to rethink our actions in search of better ways […]

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Gardening for Pollinators: Resources and Plant List

by NEEC Contributor

By David Wasmuth June 27, 2020 Books “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy “The Living Landscape” by Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas Tallamy Douglas Tallamy has been an inspiring pioneer in recognizing the interdependence between native plants, insects and birds. His books feature excellent plant lists as well as practical […]

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Home-growing a national park

by Jose German

As spring is shifts towards summer, things are moving towards a “new normal” with the quarantine tentatively eased. Among the lessons of the pandemic, two of the more valuable are a greater appreciation of nature and an awareness of the importance of sustainability in times of crisis. There are many uncertainties about our near future, […]

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Scents and sensibility in the yard

by NEEC Contributor

David Wasmuth is a local environmentalist and amateur naturalist. He is a Rutgers Environmental Steward and the founder of the Montclair Backyard Habitat Project.  They are rarely seen, but make their presence known. You may be sitting in your living room on a summer evening, windows open to enjoy the breeze, when you notice a scent that’s […]

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Webinar The Joy of Herbs – Cooking Recipes

by NEEC Contributor

Compiled by Deb Ellis 5/30/20 – Note: I’ve included the source of these recipes if I know it, but most I have used for years and did not keep track of the creator. Thanks to all the recipe creators! Tabouli Modified from Jane Brody 1 cup bulgur and 1.5 c. boiling water 2 tomatoes or […]

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Make vegetable and flower gardens for an exceptional spring

by Jose German

Spring is here in full force, as is the quarantine. The mood has shifted from near shock to uncertainty. For those fortunate enough to have a yard, the shutdown has increased our appreciation for this bit of open space more than ever. I have heard stories from local gardeners of how their gardens are saving […]

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Victory Gardens in time of crisis

by Jose German

By Jose German In the past weeks, Montclair residents, facing depleted supermarket shelves and ordered to stay at home, have turned back to a tried and proven response to uncertain times: home-grown food. The Victory Garden, which helped us through two World Wars, is set to make a comeback. The first victory garden movement was […]

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Spring is around the corner! But so is Coronavirus

by Jose German

By Jose German Spring: perhaps the most beautiful time of the year. But this year it’s accompanied by the Coronavirus. Our daily social routines are being upended. Cancellations of events and gatherings are necessary measures to stop the spread of the virus. Voluntary isolation is strongly recommended. What to do? In the face of this […]

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