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A welcome visitor to the Square Foot Garden

Last year the Black Swallowtail butterfly was named the official State Butterfly of New Jersey. On September 14th as I tended the RRA Square Foot Garden, I was rewarded with the sighting of one of these beautiful butterflies fluttering about.


On close examination, I noticed that this butterfly was not on an excursion for nectar. In fact, it was depositing its tiny yellow eggs on the tops of the leaves of the carrot plants that we have growi...

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Boon

Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...

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Square Foot Gardening

Today was the last day of a nine week, summer gardening series for children, called "Let's Get Growing!".


As I watched the children proudly gather their harvest of eggplants, chives, cucumbers and flowers, and race off to meet their parents, I heard shouts of "See you in the fall!". With a smile on my face, I took a moment to reflect back on the start of this new and wonderful Gardening and Nutrition program. Two children showed up for the first in th...

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