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Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Forcing bulbs

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the bleak midwinter when snow blankets the ground nothing is more cheerful than a pot of bright daffodils or tulips. They seem to promise that spring is just around the corner. You can certainly go to the garden center, florist or even the supermarket in February and buy quite inexpensively such a pot of happiness. But, how much more …

Right at Home: Fall decor gets cozy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home décor. So while you’re wrapping yourself in a big, soft cardigan, you can also grace your space with a dollop of knitted comfort. Hannah …

Living Smart: Help your small space live large

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feeling cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to make small seem spacious. Embracing a “less is more” mindset is even trendy, with micro homes attracting macro interest on social media and on TV. Granted, your home is likely larger than a true “tiny house,” which tends to max out at 400 square feet. But plenty of homes are less than …

Doing things properly: Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s local projects and new training program

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobody gardens alone, is something many gardeners know. Whether a novice or an expert, most gardeners need advice and support at some time. They need help identifying pests. They need information on the best variety of cucumber or …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: North Amherst Library garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

The garden outside the North Amherst Library is a labor of love by one devoted library patron and gardener — Nancy D’Amato. Five years ago, D’Amato decided the landscape outside the library, which is located in a triangle …

Living Smart: Don’t fall for tech-support scams

Friday, August 22, 2014

The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller’s well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that’s odd, since our family only uses Macs. Hopefully, you hang up and that’s the end …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hildene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s grand- daughter Jessie created a beautiful garden in 1907 at Hildene, her family’s summer home in Vermont. Designed to be seen from her mother’s second floor sitting room, the parterre garden was like stained glass in …

Right at Home: Style tips for off-campus living and getting along

Friday, August 15, 2014

For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina, who are moving …

Your Place: Best laundry detergents among lowest cost, study says

Friday, August 15, 2014

Here’s something of a novelty: A recent study of laundry detergents by Consumer Reports found that some of the best stain fighters were also among the least expensive, including wallet-friendly warehouse-store brands Member’s Mark and Kirkland. In an article in its August issue, Consumer Reports said that while …

In the heat of summer, think of fall

Friday, August 15, 2014

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall — vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it’s time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden, too. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall …

Pet projects: Home designs with dogs in mind

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gayle Plessner and her husband love their dogs, but the sound of the rain on the roof of their home in Westlake Village, a planned community on the border of Los Angeles, made them lament winter, the season …

How to rehab a 50-year-old ‘outdoor’ room: The gardens at Naumkeag in Stockbridge get a $2 million update

Friday, August 8, 2014

Trees die. Fountain drains get clogged. Masonry walls crumble. When a garden landscape is 50 to 100 years old, things fall apart. The gardens at Naumkeag, the Stockbridge masterpiece of landscape architect Fletcher Steele, were in dire straits …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Butterfly bushes

Friday, August 8, 2014

Are you wondering why your butterfly bushes aren’t blooming? Blame the harsh winter. Many of us lost buddleias this spring due to the subzero temperatures in December and January. Peter Flynn at Bay State Perennial Farm in Whately …