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Mary Hocken removes rose buds from the bushes behind Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst.

Time for bed: Tucking the garden in for the winter, but not too tight

Friday, November 20, 2015

The weather in early November was perfect for planting bulbs, raking leaves and putting the garden to bed. It was pretty wet and chilly last week but let’s hope there is balmy weather this weekend to get more fall chores done. Putting the garden to bed is a controversial topic these days. Bird enthusiasts say leave the seed heads to feed our feathered friends over the winter. Soil conservators don’t like disturbing the soil and leaving it bare in case there is no snow cover and good soil blows away in winter storms. And naturalists agree that forest fertility relies on the rich leaf litter …

Fall garden chores

Friday, November 20, 2015

Remove tomato plants, brassicas and any other diseased plants from the vegetable garden. Remove stems of peonies and phlox from the ornamental garden. Rake maple leaves from the grass since they tend to mat down under the snow. Compost the leaves or run the lawn mower over them and use the chopped leaves as mulch for the gardens. Wait until the ground freezes …

Your Place: Whatever the winter forecast, prepare your house for it

Friday, November 20, 2015

Clean off the snowshoes, and sharpen the shovels. Winter is coming, and from what some old farmers have been saying lately, this year may well be even worse than last year. Frankly, I’m taking my usual wait-and-see attitude. Last Thanksgiving, we drove north to see relatives in the snow, but at Christmas it was 60 degrees and not a patch of white could …

Hoe down

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get Growing: Gardening while coping with drought

Friday, June 19, 2015

The drought is very real in California and water conservation is the newspaper headline every day. Apartment renters in some areas will now be charged for water use, a utility that used to be part of their basic …

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CAROL LOLLIS Opening day nears …

Audubon Society reports bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four Bonaparte’s gulls, a common tern and a semipalmated plover were reported in Pittsfield. A flock of 17 short-billed dowitchers touched down briefly at …

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton presents exhihit of black and white photos

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton opens an exhibit of black and white photography May 17 that will run through June 7. “Decades of Adventures in Black and White, ’40s to Present” …

Outdoor furnishings: A long way from webbed chairs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table. Today’s outdoor chairs might be wrought iron or wrought aluminum, with upholstered seats. …

Get Growing: The multicolors of spring have sprung

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Is green the color of spring? All through that brutal winter with its cold white snow cover, gardeners longed for a bit of green. Now the turf is greening up, leaves are emerging on shade and ornamental trees …