Byline: By Mickey Rathbun

When I’m perusing catalogs offering bulbs for spring flowers, I usually jump right to the pages of boldly colored tulips and narcissi. I skip over...

I’ve been brushing up on my Italian this summer, and one word that keeps popping up in the Italian press is ”sicitta.” It means drought. We’re not...

After 35 years in the nursery business, including as manager of Hadley Garden Center and later at Wanczyk Nursery, Dan Ziomek is more passionate...

SHUTESBURY — Many of us find ourselves puzzling over what to do with a bare yard, or an outdoor space that doesn’t quite work, or even an...

Get Growing: A tale of two pots

6/17/20

One of my favorite gardening tasks of early summer is planting the two large round pots on the patio. I love to wander the aisles at Andrew’s...

It’s been a while since I wrote about New Yorkers’ fascination with tomato plants. As I have observed in past columns, tomato plants show up in the...

Get Growing: Leaping lily leaf beetles!

5/13/20

Springtime brings us many gifts in the garden, as perennials and bulbs break their dormancy and send tender green shoots forth from the earth. But...

Get growing: Monarda mayhem

4/29/20

As I surveyed my garden this week, I noticed that my once-tidy patch of bee balm (Monarda) has taken over far too much real estate. What once were...

Get Growing: Pansies are here!

4/13/20

April always tests our patience with chilly damp weather, but I know that spring is here when Andrew’s Greenhouse in South Amherst hangs out a sign...

Good news! Good viruses!Many of you undoubtedly recall that between 2015 and 2018, our region experienced a dramatic increase in the population of...

Editor’s note: We are thrilled to welcome back “Get Growing” columnist Mickey Rathbun, a perennial favorite of readers.These days we are living in...

Crabapple trees are one of my favorite ornamental spring trees. A mainstay of the New England landscape, they offer three seasons of interest, plus...

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