GARDENING

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...

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

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...

Last week I was in New York and happened to step into the intimate, shaded garden tucked in behind the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich...

After years of dabbling in gardening, I still don’t consider myself a gardener. I don’t have a lot of free time to devote to weeding and landscape...

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...

Get Growing: Tree tales

9/27/19

This summer I’ve been reading a novel titled “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 and has been praised by...

All sorts of people have Twitter accounts. And not just people. I know people whose pets like to tweet about their day-to-day lives. But how about...

How to ‘wild’ your lawn

9/20/19

If you’d like to mow less and create animal habitat more, then consider these possibilities.1. Go meadow. First, make sure that you’re allowed to...

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...

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