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CAROL LOLLIS
Drifts of deep yellow yarrow behind gray-leafed stachys and blue salvia form the perennial garden at the home of Stephanie and Chris Frank.

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs nestled against the boulders with sweeping lawns edged with wide perennial borders. Their garden will be among six on the Belchertown Garden Tour July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perhaps it helps that Chris Frank owns C.L. Frank & Company of Northampton, arborists. “He’s at nurseries all the time. He’ll bring a plant home and say, ‘Why don’t we see what we can do with … 0

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good time to give plants a nutrient boost. Vegetables can be side-dressed, that is, given a … 0

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size is 2 cubic feet. Bulk mulch sells by the cubic yard, which is equal to … 0

Gardening in gravel a low-maintenance option

Friday, May 23, 2014

Some people love gardens a whole lot more than they love gardening. Those are the people gravel gardens are made for. Gravel gardens are low-maintenance beds filled with drought-tolerant plants and covered with a thick layer of gravel … 0

Skills and squash: Learning how to garden at the Leverett Elementary School greenhouse

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Last fall, fourth-graders working in the Leverett Elementary School greenhouse planted garlic — and were amazed to discover that, like flower bulbs, it came up this spring. “We did this garlic experiment,” explained Devon Bachand, showing a visitor … 0

Get Growing: Beneficial insects

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Even the youngest gardener knows that lady bugs are good guys, otherwise known as beneficial insects. And most gardeners of any age are becoming more aware of the crucial role bees play as pollinators. But there are other … 0

Your Place: Why wood floors chip; worries over water

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A few weeks back, a reader asked for reasons why a wood floor was starting to extrude chips and slivers from between the boards. Doug Sandilands, of Shamrock Flooring in Aston, Pennsylvania, says it’s his guess that the chips and slivers coming out of the floors are from … 0

Get Growing, tips from local Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Weeding time

Friday, May 16, 2014

Plants are popping out of the ground these days thanks to the warm temperatures and lots of rain. It’s time to get ahead of weeds before they overwhelm perennials and all those annuals you are about to plant. … 0

The fab fanatic: Man turns his house into a shrine of The Beatles, pop culture

Friday, May 16, 2014

The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house. But inside, the … 0

Your Place: Take heater troubles straight to manufacturer

Friday, May 16, 2014

Question: A year ago, we had a plumber install a Nevian instant hot-water heater at our home. Everything worked fine for about four months. Now, sometimes when we turn on the bathtub water, it will be cold, and … 0

Bathroom grab bars get stylish

Friday, May 16, 2014

The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar. … 0

Spotlight your home’s best side: Staging helps it sell faster, experts say

Friday, May 16, 2014

Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too “lived-in” as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a River Vale, N.J., mother of two, agreed since she said she … 0

Get Growing: Bulb foliage

Friday, May 9, 2014

Please, please, please do not cut back that dying daffodil foliage. Or the foliage of tulips, crocuses, snowdrops, iris reticulata or other spring-flowering bulbs. “But it looks awful,” you say. Tough, is my response. If you want your … 0