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Q: I’m confused about the different kinds of garlic. Can you shed some light on the subject for me? —T.C., Northampton A: Welcome to the pungent...

Q: How do I start a compost pile? I’ve decided it’s time to make one. —L.S., EasthamptonA: Glad to hear you are taking the plunge into making black...

Q: I grew popcorn for the first time this year. How do I know for sure when to harvest it? I think it’s ready. —R.B., WesthamptonA: Popcorn! That’s...

Q: How do I transplant my peonies? I planted a couple last year but decided I don’t like where they are. —D.W., Hadley A: Ahh, peonies. They are...

Q: What should I do with my vegetable garden now? I’m done planting for the year. —J.T., HadleyA: Many folks are winding down their vegetable...

Q: I have too many herbs! What do I do with them all? I have parsley, sage, thyme, basil and oregano. —R.D., NorthamptonA: Me, too, R.D.! This is...

Q: I’d like to mix up my fall container gardens with something new this year – any ideas? —A.J., WesthamptonA: Perfect timing, A.J.! I was just at...

Q: When should I start thinking about planting spring-blooming bulbs? —T.S., EasthamptonA: The answer, T.S., is now! Bulb season for us here in...

Q: There is something that looks like a small hummingbird flying around my garden at dusk, but it doesn’t seem to have feathers. It likes my...

Q: My friend and I are arguing about what’s causing our hay fever’s runny noses and itchy eyes. She says we should blame the goldenrod for them and...

Q: I have a ton of vinca growing under my trees and would like to start replacing it this fall with native groundcovers. Any suggestions of good...

Q: What is this I keep hearing about “deadheading” plants? Is this for perennials? K. O., Westhampton A: This question always brings a smile to my...

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