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KEVIN GUTTING
Brightly colored tomato cages available at the Hadley Garden Center, one type of support for growing vegetables vertically.

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel of Florence, a master gardener who has been lecturing locally on “vertical veggies.” In addition to space considerations there are good reasons for gardening vertically. “You don’t have the problems on the ground of spread and the fruits getting eaten by bugs and animals,” she explained. “You also get a bigger yield per square foot. The longer the vines, the greater the harvest,” she added. “Usually it’s … 0

Valley experts detail options that lure gardeners into herb field

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How many inspirations are there to grow herbs? Let us count the ways: You can create herb gardens for food, remedies, ingredients for natural body care products, crafts, or simply to have a low-maintenance garden that attracts pollinators such as honey bees and butterflies. Introducing the beauty and rich scents of fresh herbs … 0

A studied walk through the garden How three Valley coaches help property owners keep their lands looking beautiful

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Do you wish you could improve your landscape but don’t know how? Do you wish someone could give you reliable advice about the plants already on your property, what plants you might purchase and how to care for them? Perhaps you need a garden coach. “Coaching is giving people the tools … 0

Late spring: What happened and what’s to come for gardeners and lawn lovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips, green grass. We humans are all starved for color, for a hue other than white or brown. Wild creatures have also been starved this winter — not for color but for food. … 0

Get Growing: Vegetable gardening

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s finally time to plant vegetables — as long as your soil isn’t too wet or still frozen. Peas, onion and broccoli plants and lettuce seeds or plants are among the crops that are hardy enough to plant … 0

Your Place: Paint peeling, plaster crumbling — what to do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first … 0

The yin and yang of spring both infuse decor

Friday, April 4, 2014

The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — … 0

Living Smart: Spring housecleaning tips and tricks

Friday, April 4, 2014

How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned shining reviews? Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade. ∎ Vacuum right with the right vacuum: Weekly vacuuming is key to a clean carpet. Do it more … 0

Friday, April 4, 2014

◄ AMHERST — This spectacular custom-built home is adjacent to South Amherst Common and on 10-plus acres overlooking breathtaking views of the Pelham Hills. The great room opens to a superior kitchen, deck and stunning views. The 6,000-square-foot … 0

Get Growing: Berries galore

Friday, April 4, 2014

Strawberries in June, blueberries in July, blackberries in August and raspberries in the fall. More and more gardeners are growing small fruits, or as they are called in England, soft fruits, as well as tree fruits. You can … 0

Hot Property: For $50 million, Bundchen and Brady will throw in the moat

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the Old World … 0

Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

Friday, April 4, 2014

\ AKRON, Ohio - Chances are your lawn is looking a bit bedraggled after this rough winter. That’s not surprising. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, turf took a beating this year. Probably it will come back just fine, but a little TLC can prevent problems, reverse … 0

Saturday, March 29, 2014

◄ SOUTHAMPTON — This charming four-bedroom, three-bath Garrison Colonial resides on more than two private acres of mature trees and has a large, open, sunny backyard. There are almost 2,400 square feet of living area and the kitchen … 0