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Between the Rows: Flooding forces a backyard break

Friday, July 24, 2015

The day after we planted all our water-tolerant shrubs Greenfield was inundated by torrential rains. I was told over three inches of rain fell the afternoon and evening of July 7. We knew that our Greenfield house had a wet backyard and after planting nine shrubs, we were fully aware of the heavy clay soil. However, we did not expect several inches of standing water in the back half of the yard. Fortunately, our excellent plumber, Scott Zilinski, helped us out by helping to design and dig a drainage trench near the old sheds. The yard looks flat, but in fact there are subtle dips … 0

Between the Rows: The path to a new backyard

Friday, July 17, 2015

My husband Henry and I stood outside the back of our new Greenfield house. Each of us was clutching a different custom garden design prepared for us by Home Outside Palette, Julie Moir Messervy’s newest service to help homeowners create the garden they had always dreamed of. We looked at each other, we … 0

Between the Rows: Cardboard and Compost

Friday, July 10, 2015

I first became acquainted with Julie Moir Messervy through her book “The Inward Garden: Creating a space of beauty and meaning.” This beautiful book approaches garden design through seven archetypes: the cave, the prairie, the mountain, the sea, etc. It also explores the way that a garden makes you feel. It is this … 0

Between the Rows: End of the Road gardens

Thursday, July 2, 2015

As I begin planting new gardens in Greenfield, I have been reminiscing about the adventures we’ve had with gardens at the End of the Road. When we moved here in November of 1979, I must confess to having … 0

Between the Rows: Getting to know your weeds

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve been weeding. I’ve learned a lot about weeds over the decades, but I was never given the ominous warning “one year of seed, seven years of weed” until last year. I think every novice gardener should be … 0

Between the Rows: Curbside garden or hellstrip?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Now that I have planted Greenfield hellstrip I can make the official announcement: we are the proud owners of a small house with a small yard in Greenfield. The house has garden space on the south side and … 0

Between the Rows: Franklin Land Trust Garden Tour June 27

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ruah Donnelly’s house overlooks a wooded ravine, a tapestry of shades of green and shifting light. There is not a flower in sight. Donnelly says that over her years as a gardener, she has experienced a growing struggle … 0

Between the Rows: Does your garden need a tree?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Virginia Rechtschaffen has always loved trees. She and her husband, Rob, even once owned a house in Belchertown that came complete with an orchard. Lots of trees. For the past 20 years, she and Rob have lived in … 0

Between the Rows: The dirt on soil

Friday, May 29, 2015

Many of us take soil for granted. I just spoke to my daughter, who said she broke sod for a tiny new vegetable garden. After taking away the sod, she said she filled that space with good dirt. … 0

Between the Rows: two good books

Friday, May 22, 2015

There comes a time when a gardener just throws up her hands and says “I can’t do this anymore!” She doesn’t really mean she can’t do it at all, she just can’t do it all the way she … 0

Between the Rows: Growing friendships

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who wouldn’t want friends who like to play in the dirt? Who are always learning new things? Who like to get out and about and see new beautiful places? Who every day notice and appreciate the glorious world … 0

Between the Rows: A celebratory trip to the southland

Friday, May 1, 2015

My husband and I just returned from a celebratory trip to the southland. We visited an uncle in Gulfport, drove through very wet bayou country in Mississippi and Texas, and then on to beyond the big Houston metropolis, … 0

Between the Rows: A cutting garden, perennials

Friday, April 24, 2015

A cutting garden needs annuals to give you a particular blossom for your bouquets all season long, but it also needs perennials to give you blossoms in their season — and more new plants next year. In my … 0

Between the Rows: Cutting Garden — annuals

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have always dreamed about having a cutting garden that would enable me to give out endless bouquets to all my friends. One good thing about a cutting garden is that it is not designed to look beautiful … 0

Between the Rows: trees

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees are an important part of our domestic landscape, giving it substance as well as beauty. Planting a tree requires more thought than planting a perennial or pots of annuals. A tree cannot be moved at will. No … 0