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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

Your Snow Day: Fourth reader-submitted winter photo gallery

Friday, February 28, 2014

All winter long we've been asking GazetteNET readers and followers of the Gazette’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to share pictures from 2014's snow storm. We've received many responses - this is our fourth reader-submitted winter photo slideshow! The … 0

Get Growing: Birds

Friday, February 28, 2014

It was 16 degrees outside at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in South Amherst when a flock of about a dozen robins, plus a couple of sparrows, arrived to gorge themselves on the berries of the Meserve holly outside … 0

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association symposia: the particulars

Friday, February 28, 2014

∎ South Deerfield Symposium: Bringing Imagination To Your Garden March 8, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield Keynote speaker: Andrew Keys, author of “Why Grow This When You Can Grow That?” and podcaster … 0

Your Place: Advice on appliance repair, replacement

Friday, February 28, 2014

Time out from answering questions, to provide some useful information. Cassie Eberle at Consumer Reports sends along this advice from the February issue on what it’s like to be faced with the prospect of repairing an appliance. This is just a taste of the full report (read it … 0

Living Smart: Buying a house

Friday, February 28, 2014

Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. To keep hassles to a minimum, take time to independently evaluate each professional you’ll need, from lender to real estate agent to … 0

Right at Home: Spring’s rosy glow will brush aside your winter blues

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious. Warm pink light can be flattering, so designers have long employed tricks like painting lampshade … 0

Get Growing: Orchid show

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This is the weekend for which local orchid enthusiasts wait all year. The Amherst Orchid Society presents its stunning annual show of these tropical beauties at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton. Hours are 9 … 0

Your Place: Best times to paint home interiors

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A reader asks: “What is the best month to have interior rooms painted?” She and her husband are seniors and not in the best of health. They are planning to have the work done professionally, and also plan to remove old carpeting and have their wood floors redone. … 0

A mosaic-loving family’s journey of many tiles

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The transformation started simply enough, with a molded ceramic tile of a flower framed by Celtic tracery. Neither Aziz nor Louise Farnam can recall now where they found the periwinkle square, but, at their son Amiel’s urging, they … 0

Get Growing: Primroses

Thursday, February 13, 2014

If you are longing for a bit of color in your life as well as a whiff of spring, buy yourself a primrose plant. Local garden centers and supermarkets are featuring these cheery plants at bargain prices. Surely … 0