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Dear DIG IT!
Looking for some inspiration? Or maybe a gardeny fix? Itís that time of year when gardeners begin the search for some earthly healing. Mary Jasch, publisher/editor of DIG IT! Magazine, the Art & Science of east Coast Gardening, offers garden-filled PowerPoint presentations for garden clubs, plant societies, libraries and other organizations and groups. Now showing: Private Gardens of NY, NJ, CT and Eastern PA & Hot-To-Trot Tropicals Contact: mary at

1. Private Gardens of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Eastern Pennsylvania: Select views of great gardens large and small. Slides show unique aspects of each.

2. Hot to Trot Tropicals: Tropicals and subtropicals as houseplants: best choices of shrubs, trees, vines, cacti and succulents, suitable indoor locations and how to maintain them: what to do and what not to do. Also, seasonal suggestions. Take away a list of plants and the toxins they remove from your environment.

3. Rain Gardens - Coming Soon!

On behalf of the Central Sussex Garden Club, thank you for your presentation on those awesome gardens. The photos were beautiful and the gardens represented such a variety of color, structure, texture and style. Truly a feast for the eyes and an invitation for our imagination. We wish you all the best with your many endeavors. Marianne Jones, Secretary

Mary Jasch presented her Lecture on the Private Gardens of NY, NJ, CT and Eastern PA to the Basking Ridge Garden Club on Monday, February 7th, 2022. The gardens were spectacular. Mary is a knowledgeable gardener as well as Photographer. The range of styles was fun to see and just what we all needed in the middle of winter! We all hope to be able to go on one of her bus tours soon. Anne Goldsmith, President

I am the president of the Sussex County Garden Club and it is my job to
find speakers for the meetings. What a surprise I found Mary Jasch of DIG
IT! Magazine on one of my hunting expeditions. She has spoken at our meetings several times and she is always prepared and knows what she is talking about. Her presentations are interesting and she keeps the membersí attention during the whole show. She is never late and after the meeting she stays to answer any questions that members may have. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an intelligent speaker who delivers. Fuddy Vidam, President, Sussex County Garden Club

"Very nice program presentation. You must have great times going to all these places, seeing spectacular gardens and meeting happy Georges."
Mary Ellen Kline

Dear DIG IT!
Our son gave us a Dogwood Tree which we have planted in the front yard. It has been doing very well, with a lot of new growth this summer. This past week I noticed a type of white web on one branch and the leaves are all dying. Should I just cut off that branch, or should the tree be sprayed, and if so, with what?


Dear Ruth,

It's possible the tree has fall webworm. If it does, worms will come out of the webbing and feed on the rest of the tree. They tend to stay near the nest, so look to see if there is any worm activity in and around the web. If you see worms, spray with Orthene, Sevin or Malathion.

If you don't see any worms and the branch is small, you can cut it off.

Thank you,
Bill Tietjen
County Agricultural Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County

Dear DIG IT!
I Live in central NJ where the deer out number people, or so it seems. I love the deer and the wildlife but, I also love the look of Ivy and have successfully created an ivy topiary in my previous home, deer and all. For some reason every Ivy I seem to plant gets eaten up immediately. I spray a few of my other plants which the deer and I are fond of but, I was hoping I could find an ivy or other evergreen vine that I would not have to spray and the deer would find it non-edible. Any ideas?
Linda Leach

Dear Linda,

Off hand I don't know of any vines that are deer resistant, except maybe Wisteria and Clematis. I would continue to use deer repellant on your vines (you should only have to spray 8/10 feet high on the vines) on a regular basis. If you don't like the smell of the repellant you are using try using one of the mint based repellants such as Deer Stopper or Deer Away.

Jeff Van Pelt
Horticultural Supervisor
Somerset County Park Commission

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