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Claire Morenon places chopped tomatoes into jars for canning Aug. 20 at her home in Florence.

Canning, freezing, drying and other ways to stock the larder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“I like bringing a little summer into winter,” says Kristen Wilmer of Florence. Wilmer works for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and is a strong supporter of making the best of the bounty we have in the Pioneer Valley. Besides making use of local products and the harvest from our own gardens, preserving foods is a good economic strategy, and for many the process is as enjoyable as the final product. “Be adventurous. Try new things. Do your canning or food preservation projects with a partner or get the whole family together to help,” said Sarah Berquist of Hadley, who also teaches at the …

Made in the shade

Friday, September 5, 2014

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 aster. They need another strong back to divide a daylily or ornamental grass. Members of …

Hot Property: Michael Jackson estate, children buy $10.75 million Mediterranean-style home in celebrity neighborhood

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Calabasas home Michael Jackson’s estate bought in an off-market deal for $10.75 million was sold by Kassabian Design Build, which constructed the Mediterranean-style home before there was a buyer. The style of the home was inspired by …

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Laburnum walk

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Among the delights of our recent English garden trip were, of course, the guided garden tours. At Barnsley House in Gloucestershire, head gardener Richard Gatenby shared his memories of the late Rosemary Verey who designed the extensive gardens. …

Thursday, July 3, 2014

◄ ​NORTHAMPTON​ — The best nature has to offer is visible from every window of this rustic, yet elegant, Cape. a 1.5-acre pond and streams are nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, woodlands and trails. The home features an open …

Living in a small space requires creativity and multifunctional furniture

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer …

Tips to weigh before closing in on a fence

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top-rated fencing pros tell our team that, based on the average price for material type, and a typical fence length of 200 linear feet, here’s what you could spend: • $2,600 for chain-link, at $13 a foot • $3,200 for wood, at $16 a foot • $6,000 for …

Feeling the blues at the ‘granddaddy’ of all flower exhibits: Chelsea Flower Show

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chelsea Flower Show, the horticultural extravaganza held in London every May, is absolutely overwhelming. It was my dream for 30 years to attend this granddaddy of all flower shows and this year my dream came true. A group …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Train your trees

Friday, June 27, 2014

Training apple trees for maximum fruiting doesn’t have to be high tech, Wes Autio, fruit specialist at University of Massachusetts Amherst says. Autio told members of the Gardeners Guild of the Renaissance Center last Saturday that he likes … 1

Mass. home sales down, median prices up

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell in May when compared with the same month a year ago, but median prices continue to soar, two organizations that track the housing market reported Tuesday. Sales dropped nearly 10 percent when compared with May 2013, but median prices jumped 7 …

Living Smart: Can this tree be saved?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues. Top-rated tree experts tell our team that trees, like other living creatures, need good nutrition, a healthy …

Open and shut case: choosing and hanging shutters

Friday, June 27, 2014

Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get …