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JERREY ROBERTS
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 …

Make your shower even more enjoyable

Friday, June 27, 2014

No matter how satisfying, relaxing and soothing a warm shower can be, why not make it better? More intense water pressure, better organization, even music can make a shower all the more enjoyable. ∎ Once you’ve showered under …

Hive mind Home gardeners can help save the bees — and our food supply

Friday, June 20, 2014

Albert Einstein, a man lauded as an icon for his superior intelligence, once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Many people who are …

Backyard ponds: like bringing the resort feel home

Friday, June 6, 2014

About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days. It’s not until late March or early April that the backyard paradise at his Pittsburgh home usually returns to …

Right at home: a neoclassical moment in decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Interest in classical style really took off in the second half of the 18th century, when Scottish architect Robert …

Ask a Designer: No color’s too bold for decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown. But what if you’re a …

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in England is a Mecca for avid gardeners but perhaps Americans should add Chiffchaffs to their list of must-see English gardens. A group of 20 master gardeners and friends from western Massachusetts just returned from …

Your Place: Welcome to the ‘year of the connected home’

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ever since Sandy, or maybe it was Hurricane Irene, I’ve been thinking about buying a portable generator sufficient to run our sump pump, our freezer and refrigerator, and a few appliances in case of a lengthy power disruption. My brother-in-law, an engineer for an electric utility, loses power …

Living Smart: 10 dull, but important home projects

Friday, May 30, 2014

It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. But that’s precisely the kind of job you need to invest in occasionally, if you want to …

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 …

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 …