Byline: By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: I have a small deep purple clematis that will only get three feet tall. What can I add to the trellis so it doesn’t look so skimpy without...

Editor’s note: In light of public health guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is actively assessing...

Q: I have many partially used packets of vegetable and herb seeds in my refrigerator from the past two years. My mailbox is full of catalogues...

Q: I want to get started this spring growing vegetables and lettuces in containers on my back patio. The problem is, if I’m going to start from...

Hello, readers:We need more questions from you! It takes a village to make a local newspaper happen, and the Ask a (Local) Master Gardener column...

Q: I am a brown thumb with houseplants. Is there one I could try that might survive me? —R.S., Whately A: Yes, R.S.! There is hope. As owner of 46...

Q: When will birds start eating my native berries? I have many that are untouched. —T. J., WesthamptonA: Congratulations on planting native berries...

Q: How long will my poinsettia plants last? It seems a shame to throw them out right after the holidays. — M. T., EasthamptonA: I am glad you would...

Q: Help! I am not a gardener and need gift ideas for my friend who is an avid one. Any suggestions? —S.C., Northampton A: What a kind friend you...

Q: Some of my houseplants have a crusty white buildup on the surface of their soil. What is it and should I remove it? — D. M., HadleyA: The short...

Q: What are some good garden or nature-related books? —T.M., EasthamptonA: Snuggling up in a cozy blanket accompanied by a friendly good book is a...

Q: I keep hearing the words “evergreen” and “conifer” used when talking about pine and spruce trees and others that stay green all winter. Are...

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