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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 Place: Cacophony of reasons for that humming noise

Friday, December 27, 2013

You might recall the letter a few weeks back about a “strange humming noise” that was driving a reader and her family batty. The problem: “For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The … 0

Doors that go pop: rethinking entranceway color

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Tracy Proctor Williamson bought her house in Larchmont, N.Y., a year ago, it was “just a kind of dark and sad-looking building.” The front door and trim were a depressing “yucky cream color,” says Williamson. The town … 0

Get Growing: Corn dollies

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas tree ornaments run the gamut from simple glass balls to cutesy elves to ornate ceramic St. Nicholas figures. When I interviewed Karin Welburn recently about her bed and breakfast Home Suite Home Amherst for a January column, … 0

Trading homes — though the Web — for an affordable stay in Paris

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had … 0

In this urban oasis, no grass is allowed

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Alice Menge started gardening, it was all about islands. With a nudge from her husband, Dick Sherwood, she’s gone continental. “At first, I had cut out some islands,” Menge said of their St. Paul, Minn., yard, “but … 0

Living Smart: Take this consumer quiz: How do you rate?

Friday, December 27, 2013

The home, landscaping and other pros who earn your repeat business are the ones who get the basics right. They return calls and emails promptly, show up on time and do what they promise. But this street should … 0

Tips for making outdoor decorations

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Whether you want to make like a pioneer or just save some money, fashioning outdoor holiday decorations from natural materials is a great way to go. Garden club members shared these tips for creating natural decorations: • Gather a variety of greens from trees, shrubs and even ground … 0

Gift Guide: Accessories to satisfy the inner Spielberg

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Full-bodied cameras known as SLRs have long been able to shoot high-definition video besides still images. But when budding filmmakers use them, production results vary. It’s not just the level of talent, but the additional gear available for … 0

Get Growing: Trees

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Not Christmas trees this time, but deciduous trees in the landscape. Winter is an excellent time to study trees without the distraction of leaves, flowers and seed pods. This is the time of year when the structure of … 0

Your Place: Water dispenser repair; asbestos tile and pet odor

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Question: I have a Maytag side-by-side refrigerator. The water dispenser is not dispensing. It starts dispensing and ends up a trickle. The ice maker is producing thin ice cubes. I had tried to replace the water inlet valve in the appliance, but that did no good. The water … 0