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The Secret of a Green Thumb

by Jose German-Gomez

By Jose German If you are one those people who say, “Every plant I touch dies,” stop blaming yourself! Having a green thumb is often as having mystical powers when it comes to plant care. People blessed with green thumbs seem to have a magic wand that makes plants thrive. The opposite of a green […]

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Small Steps, Big Help for the Environment (Gardening for Life)

by Jose German-Gomez

By Jose German Recalling the phrase, “We do not have a Planet B,” we must act to protect our home. Each of us has an important role in maintaining the environment in a safe balance that allows us to secure our own existence. As members of this community, each individual in Montclair has a duty […]

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Gardening For Life – Vegetable Gardening

by Jose German-Gomez

GARDENING FOR LIFE WEBINAR –    WHAT AND WHEN TO PLANT IN YOUR GARDEN: As spring progresses, the month of May brings more greens. May’s typical harvest includes the following: Arugula, May through September Asparagus, May and June Chard, May through November Sugar Snap Peas, May and June Green Onions/Scallions, May through September Lettuce, May […]

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Gardening for Wildlife: Resources & Plant List

by Jose German-Gomez

By David Wasmuth, Updated: March 20, 2021  Books “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy “The Living Landscape” by Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas Tallamy “The Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change” by Larry Weaver. Douglas Tallamy has been an inspiring pioneer in recognizing the […]

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Planting the seeds of the future

by Jose German-Gomez

By Jose German This year will be remembered forever. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the world where we used to live. The virus not only changed our way of life but also took the lives of millions and left millions more with long-term health conditions and mental trauma. This pandemic is something none […]

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Finishing up the gardening season

by Webmaster

By Jose German Fall is the beginning of a new cycle of life. It is a kind of respite for nature before we move into winter.  It is not the end of the gardening season but the beginning of a transformation that will guide us through the winter and into the spring. Plants and trees […]

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In a difficult time, take inspiration from your garden

by Jose German-Gomez

By Jose German Goldenrod and Joe-Pye Weed are in bloom, and the asters’ buds are starting to open. Nesting goldfinches are flocking over drying coneflowers in search of seeds to nourish their hatchlings. Monarch butterflies are laying their last batches of eggs to produce this season’s final generation of butterflies before the migration to Mexico. […]

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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 Webmaster

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 Webmaster

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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