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    Apr 17, 2014

    Free Stuff for gardeners. Samples, seeds, freeware and shareware.

    Free Stuff for Backyard Gardeners. Free gardening software, seeds and samples.

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    Apr 17, 2014

    Hungry Neighbors in the Poconos. Where to find food assistance programs.

    Your Hungry Neighbors in the Pocono Mountain region. Where to find food assistance programs in your county. How you can help.

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    Sep 17, 2013

    Twin Maples Bakery, Lake Ariel, PA : Pocono Gardening

    Twin Maples Bakery now at the Hawley and Wayne County Farmers Markets!

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    Sep 17, 2013

    Farm Stands in the Poconos - Buy Fresh Local Organic Produce

    Farm Stands: eat local and find great vegetables, maple syrup and honey in the Pocono Mountains. Listings A to L

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    Sep 17, 2013

    Pocono Weather & Climate: Regional Information, Moon Phases

    Pocono Weather: specific weather & climate information for gardening in the Pocono Mountains.

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    Jun 12, 2013

    Sales Coupons and Discounts for garden, lawn and greenhouse products. A -J

    Pocono Gardening: Sales Coupons and Discount codes available online, by mail or locally in the Poconos for seeds, plants and garden tools. A - J

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    Jan 22, 2013

    Social Spark: Like Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers!

    Finally, quality monetization for bloggers with Social Spark!

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    Jan 22, 2013

    Shop Local - great shops, suppliers of garden supplies, plants and tool rental.

    PoconoGardening Shop Local suppliers in the Poconos: bagel shop, insurance, landscape plants, top soil, mulch, outdoor decor and tool and equipment rentals.

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    Jan 20, 2013

    Sale: Great Garden Products and Plants from online and catalog retailers. Q - Z

    Pocono Gardening: Sale Codes, Coupons and Discounts available online, by mail or locally in the Poconos for seeds, plants and garden tools. Q - Z

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    Jan 20, 2013

    June is National Rose Month. Do you grow roses?

    Rose types, growing tips, photos, planting ideas, roses in cottage gardens, where to buy and more for Pocono Gardeners.

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    Jan 20, 2013

    PJs Garden Center Review by PoconoGardening.com

    PoconoGardening.com review of PJs Garden Center in Hawley, Wayne County PA.

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    Jan 20, 2013

    Peat pots used for seed starting. What works for Pocono Gardening.

    Pocono Gardening: Seed Starting Methods: Peat Pots

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    Jan 20, 2013

    New Market set up: who to contact, what to do to set up a new Farmers Market.

    A New Farmers Market is in the works for Gouldsboro PA. How to get started.

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    Jan 20, 2013

    Fairs and Carnivals in Northeast Pennsylvania area. Day Trips, Things To Do.

    Fairs and Carnivals in the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania. A Short Day Trip, Something to Do with the Kids.

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    Jan 20, 2013

    Blueberries: July in National Blueberry Month, U-pick, Varieties and more!

    Can I Grow Blueberries in my Pocono Garden? Of Course You Can! Where to Find Pick Your Own Farms.

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    May 30, 2011

    Contribute to Pocono Gardening1

    Would you like to share your knowledge about pocono gardening? Great, find out how you can submit your story or tip here.

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    May 04, 2011

    Contribute to Pocono Gardening

    Would you like to share your knowledge about pocono gardening? Great, find out how you can submit your story or tip here.

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    Sep 29, 2010

    World Vegetarian Day 2010

    This Friday, October 1st is the 33rd World Vegetarian Day. Why not participate and have a meatless dinner with your family?

    It doesn't have to be tofu, pizza, cheese quesadillas or a dinner salad and bread will do.

    Pocono Gardening does not have a recipe section but you can find thousands of vegetarian and vegan recipes on VegWeb.com

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    Sep 29, 2010

    Vegetarian Relapse

    I have been a vegetarian for 2 years, but about three weeks ago I had a horrible craving for chicken nuggets. You know, the real kind. I don’t know why.

    My dad was in the kitchen, so I go downstairs, and I’m standing next to him while he’s putting dishes away. I said “Padre, I want some chicken nuggets.”

    “I don’t think we have any,” he answered. I didn’t say anything, I just waited. He snapped his head around and said “Chicken nuggets? You know that’s meat right?” I said yes.

    He went and got me chicken nuggets from McDonalds. Dads are great.

    Jul 21, 2010

    Monroe County Meals On Wheels in Stroudsburg PA is looking for volunteer help.

    Pocono area residents wnating to volunteer are needed to assist Monroe County Meals on Wheels. Can you help?

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    Jul 06, 2010

    Looking for another great gardening blog?

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    Try the Blog Catalog. With thousands of blogs on hundreds on topics, you are sure to find one you like!

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    Jul 05, 2010

    Reviews of everything gardening! Tools, Books, New Vegetable Cultivars and more!

    Pocono Gardening Reviews of Books, Magazines, Tools, Equipment, Herbs, Vegetables and everything for your Garden.

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    Jul 05, 2010

    Enter the Yard Smarts Boot Camp Contest!

    Enter the Yard Smarts Boot Camp Contest on Facebook. Win a trip to Boston, a new mower, pressure washer and a $200 Sears gift card.

    Find the link on the Pocono Gardening Facebook page.

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    Jul 05, 2010

    Water Your Garden!

    The hot, dry weather of this Independence Day Weekend will continue into next week. We have been abnormally dry so far this season.

    Remember to get out into the garden and water the vegetables. They will reward you for it later in the season!

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    Jul 02, 2010

    Hawley Farmer's Market

    We are off to the Hawley Farmers Market this afternoon.

    Last week I bought a 2 crust, apple pie from Twin Maples Bakery stand. It was delicious. I will check their stand to see what they have this week.

    I also plan to get a strawberry scone from Marcia's Homemade and fresh eggs from Zach. He's the teenager with the chickens for sale. Last week he had a box filled with ducklings and Old English chicks. He let me hold a duckling. It was adorable. I can't wait to see what he has in the box this week!

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    Jun 24, 2010

    June is National Perennial Gardening Month

    June is National Perennial Gardening Month so get out there and make your perennial plants, shrubs and flowers alike, happy with a good feeding, a mulch of compost and a bit of pruning.

    Be vigilant in your dead-heading. Perennials that are not regularly dead-headed can stop flower production and go to seed long before they have to.

    Prune some of the more prolific self seeding plants to disrupt their flower formation. Many varieties of Oregano and Chives flower simultaneously on all stems if not trimmed. While the birds love the seed windfall, you may not like the shaggy appearance.

    May 26, 2010

    The Coutts Blueberry Farm Market is now open!

    This Memorial Day Weekend is the Grand Opening of Coutts Blueberry Farm Market located on Route 6, across from the PP & L Environmental Center entrance, Hawley, PA 18428.

    570-390-4888
    Open year round, daily 6am - 9pm.

    They have everything you can imagine made of blueberries. Soap, lotion, candles, bagels, ice cream and jam just to mention a few. You will find many useful items in the blueberry motif like playing cards and collectibles. They also have local craft items like quilts, jewelry and art.

    The Grand Opening will feature 99 cent soft ice cream cones and drawings for lovely prizes, including a beautiful necklace with green stones. See you there!

    May 23, 2010

    New Monroe County Food Bank added.

    The Effort United Methodist Church on Merwinsburg Road in Effort has an emergency food assistance program in place.

    If you have extra produce from your garden they would be grateful to receive it. Donations of non-perishable items and farm produce welcomed anytime during the week Monday through Friday 9 am to 2 pm.

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    May 21, 2010

    There can be only one!

    Winner of the Herb Companion Magazine List of Likes Giveaway that is.

    The winner will receive natural bath and body products, mulch blocks, an assortment of garden tools, muck boots, gloves and more. No purchase or subscription necessary to enter.

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    May 14, 2010

    Find a Farm Stand for Fresh, Local Fruits and Veggies in the Poconos.

    Buy Local: Find a Farm Stand for fresh corn, tomatoes or to pick your own strawberries, pumpkins or Christmas Tree.

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    May 13, 2010

    Perfect Starts

    Just an FYI: Future Garden (FutureGarden.com) has a sponge based seed starter called 'Perfect Starts' which comes in two sizes #2 or 20x50mm and #4 or

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    May 05, 2010

    Discounts, Sales and Coupons for local Pocono stores and online merchants.

    Pocono Gardening: Discounts available online or locally in the Poconos for seeds, plants and garden tools.

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    May 05, 2010

    4th Annual Lake Region Outdoor Expo

    On Saturday, May 15th from 10 am to 5 pm on the grounds of the Wallenpaupack High School on Route 6 East of Hawley. Admission is FREE.

    Come see the very latest offerings in RVs, Campers, ATVs, Solar Panels, Spas, Hot Tubs and more items for your yard and garden. Find out about area attractions and thing to do in the Pocono outdoors.

    Refreshments will be available for purchase and the proceeds from sales will benefit the Wallenpaupack Softball Booster Club. The WAHS has plenty of parking to accommodate the visitors and when you are done at the expo, take a drive into Hawley. Get a bite to eat or an ice cream cone on Main Street & then relax in Bingham Park.

    May 04, 2010

    Sales Coupons and discount codes for home and garden products. Pocono Gardening

    Pocono Gardening: Sales Coupons and Discount codes available online, by mail or locally in the Poconos for seeds, plants and garden tools. K - P

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    Apr 28, 2010

    How To Compost: the basics of composting in your vegetable or flower garden.

    How to compost your kitchen, garden and yard waste into fertile garden soil. Methods, costs and techniques.

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    Apr 24, 2010

    Enter the Grit Magazine's Grit Gear Giveaway

    Enter for a chance to win the Little Egg Chicken Tractor. Retails for $375 (inc shipping). No purchase or subscription necessary to win.

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    Apr 18, 2010

    Look out for the Lyrids!

    This coming Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 & 22, 2010 the Lyrid Meteor Showers will be visible from the contiguous 48 states.

    The forecast so far, is for partly cloudy skies, very light winds and temperatures in the upper 30's. The moon is a waxing crescent and the almanac at Weather Underground shows that it sets at 8:27pm in NEPA so we should have an amazing view this year.

    The best time to view them will be after midnight to just before dawn. According to EarthSky.org the Lyrids are bright and often leave trails. You should expect 10-20 meteors per hour. Surges can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour, but these rare outbursts are uncommon.

    So bundle up and get out there for some spring shooting stars.

    Apr 15, 2010

    Earth Day is almost upon us.

    April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day! Looking for something to do to celebrate? Many organizations, colleges and towns will sponsor Earth Day festivals in the coming week.

    Find a local event to attend with your friends, partner or children and learn more about reducing your pollution output, growing your own food, renewable energy and recycling.

    The PPL Environmental Center at Lake Wallenpaupack holds a fun and informative event each year. This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 17th. Be sure to purchase some fresh herbs or vegetable plants for your backyard garden at the Earth Day Farmer's Market to be held in the paved lot just outside the entrance to the Center or learn to "drive" a kayak on the big lake. For a schedule and list of activities please visit the Pike-Wayne Earth Day website shown below.

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    Apr 15, 2010

    Be a part of the Great American Cleanup!

    Check your county page on PACleanWays.org (using the link below) to find information about cleanups scheduled in your town.

    At the time of this post I found events scheduled in Paupack Twp, Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Pocono Twp, Chestnuthill Twp, Lehigh Twp, Blooming Grove and Bear Creek Twp that will be held in April.

    Not available for your local Great American Cleanup event? Search the PA Clean Ways site to find another event to participate in.

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    Apr 15, 2010

    Mayflies

    The mayflies have arrived early this year. The unusually long stretch of unseasonably warm weather has brought them out. Normally dragonflies precede them by a few days. Don't worry, they do not bite or sting, but they are annoying.

    Mayflies provide food for bats, dragonflies, fish and many other area critters.

    They began appearing along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack Tuesday evening.

    If you are new to the area and not accustomed to them, be advised that they are a short lived nuisance. The clouds of mayflies that you see hovering in your yard will clear over the next week or two.

    Apr 15, 2010

    Farmers Markets in the Poconos. Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne counties in NE PA.

    Farmers Markets: Directory of where to find great local produce, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup and honey in the Pocono Mountains.

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    Mar 16, 2010

    Aerogarden: how we use it at Pocono Gardening.

    Using the AeroGarden for seed starting and transplants versus other methods.

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    Mar 08, 2010

    Herb gardening - varieties that grow well in Pocono gardens.

    PoconoGardening.com: Herb gardening in containers or raised beds, oregano as ground cover.

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    Mar 08, 2010

    Basil varieties for your Pocono backyard herb garden.

    PoconoGardening.com: Basil and other annual herbs are easy to grow and a great addition to any backyard or kitchen garden.

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    Dec 28, 2009

    They have begun to arrive!

    Saturday's mail brought the new Jung Seed and R.H. Shumway's catalogs. Yeah! There is nothing better than flipping through the pages of veggies and flowers with a cup of hot chocolate while it snows outside.

    I also visited the Jungseed.com website and discovered that is has had a facelift. It is easy to navigate, but I noticed that there were more than a few items without photos. Image Not Available I believe it said. Lets hope that this is just a side effect of the site upgrade and that they will be added soon.

    JCP

    Nov 25, 2009

    Seed starting methods: herbs, vegetables and flowers. PoconoGardening.com

    Seed Starting Methods: Pros and Cons by Pocono Gardening

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    Nov 25, 2009

    2010 PA Garden Expo

    According to Karen Rousche at Journal Publications the PA Garden Expo has been scheduled for February 26 - 28th, 2010 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Tickets are $12.50 each or you can get the Multi-Day Pass for $18. Children under 12 are admitted free.

    They have updated the website and while it looks like the Expo will be a bit scaled down, when compared to 2008, it will be fun and informative as always.

    JCP

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    Nov 18, 2009

    Local Sales on gardening supplies, plants and seasonal items. Pocono Gardening

    Local Sales, Specials and Discounts in the Poconos. Find great stuff for your vegetable garden.

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    Oct 29, 2009

    PA Garden Expo

    The 2009 Pennsylvania Garden Expo was canceled. The organizers felt that due to the recession the show would lack the vendors and attendance needed to be successful. For months their website PAGardenExpo.org had a notice about the cancellation.

    Recently the website appears to be back up. Inviting and colorful, it outlines exhibits, sponsors and special events. Please be aware that this is the 2008 schedule!

    They have not yet posted 2010 information. We have contacted them and are waiting for an official response.

    I will keep you posted.

    JCP

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