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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...

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...

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...

Q: Is it my imagination or do my carrots taste sweeter this time of year? —R.S., Westhampton A: Your have discerning taste buds, R.S. They are in...

Q: When should winter mulches be applied to perennial borders? Can I use my leaves? —J.H., FlorenceA: The short answer is “any time now” and “yes...

Q: What can I do with my pumpkin jack-o-lanterns now that Halloween is done? Can I compost them or reuse them somehow? —J. S., Leeds A: Absolutely!...

Q: I saw your leaf article last week and am wondering if ticks are still around in the leaves? Will 32 degrees kill them? —D.T., FlorenceA: Thanks...

Q: My husband and I are “discussing” when we should rake up the leaves in our yard — after they are all down (him) or as soon as the lawn is...

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...

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