Lots of people in New Jersey would love to grow herbs or vegetables but don't have the room. Maybe your yard is too small or too shady or maybe you live in an apartment with only space for hanging plants.
Not to worry, you can grow some of them in hanging pots. There are a couple of varieties of cherry tomatoes that do well hanging from a basket.
Even if you can't find a variety that is bred for such a thing, you can try it with any number of vegetable plants. With the proper amount of sunlight, watering and care, it can be done.
A few years ago I bought a variety of cherry tomatoes called "Tumbling Tom" and they bore fruit all season long. The next year there were none to be found so I tried a regular cherry tomato and it worked.
I was able to find the Tumbling Tom variety again this year, but only two of them, so I planted the other varieties and it worked.
A garden center nearby was also selling hanging strawberries. They are doing great. There's nothing sweeter than picking fresh cherry tomatoes and strawberries from your very own space, even if that space is a hanging basket.
No room to plant veggies in New Jersey... no problem
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Beautiful sunflower fields to visit in NJ 2022
Among reasons why the “Garden State” remains a fitting nickname for New Jersey — late summer means the arrival of sunflower season.
There are at least six fields, spanning the state. Some are in bloom as of early August, while others are planned to peak from late August to late September.
Calling or emailing before heading out is always advisable if weather appears to be an issue.
These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: