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When a gardening friend recently told me that she was “sadly watching the seasonal demise” of her garden, I began to examine my own feelings about...

On a recent Sunday morning I found myself strolling through a field in Hadley surrounded by row upon row of exquisite flowers — legions of many...

As spring makes its grudging arrival in the Pioneer Valley, we are welcoming back the birds, bees and other insects that were missing from our...

When I was growing up in Virginia, my mother took my siblings and me on frequent bird-watching junkets. We fought over the family copy of Roger...

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...

Get Growing: So long, farewell

10/18/19

I am sad to report that this will be my final Get Growing column. I started writing the column in December 2015, nearly four years ago. As I...

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