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CHERYL B.WILSON
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Get Growing: Gardening while coping with drought

Friday, June 19, 2015

The drought is very real in California and water conservation is the newspaper headline every day. Apartment renters in some areas will now be charged for water use, a utility that used to be part of their basic rent. Farmers with “senior water rights,” a privilege dating back a century, won’t be given priority for irrigation. Homeowners with lawn sprinklers …

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CAROL LOLLIS Opening day nears …

Audubon Society reports bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four Bonaparte’s gulls, a common tern and a semipalmated plover were reported in Pittsfield. A flock of 17 short-billed dowitchers touched down briefly at Turners Falls. Fifteen semipalmated plovers and three dunlin were noted at the Longmeadow sandbar. A …

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton presents exhihit of black and white photos

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton opens an exhibit of black and white photography May 17 that will run through June 7. “Decades of Adventures in Black and White, ’40s to Present” …

Outdoor furnishings: A long way from webbed chairs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table. Today’s outdoor chairs might be wrought iron or wrought aluminum, with upholstered seats. …

Get Growing: The multicolors of spring have sprung

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Is green the color of spring? All through that brutal winter with its cold white snow cover, gardeners longed for a bit of green. Now the turf is greening up, leaves are emerging on shade and ornamental trees …

Gardening 101: Getting down and dirty in your own growing patch

Friday, May 1, 2015

How do you learn to be a successful gardener? Basically, by trial and error. Getting your hands in the dirt (pardon, me — soil) is the best way to learn, even though you are bound to make mistakes. …

Gardening help is at hand

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good soil is essential to success. You can get a full-scale soil test done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for $15. Directions on taking a sample are available online at ag.umass.edu/services/soil-and-tissue-testing-laboratory. Master gardeners from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association do pH testing for $1 per sample …

Solutions for reclaiming the space in your garage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …