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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: herb books

Friday, March 20, 2015

Some people like herb gardens because they are so practical, others like the romance of herbs. All new herb gardeners will find that they are about the easiest gardens to tend. Herbs are not fussy plants. Lisa Baker … 0

Between the Rows: Roses without chemicals

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of the things I love about our Annual Rose Viewing is the chance to tell visitors that you do not need an arsenal of chemicals to grow healthy, beautiful roses. I did not always know this. My … 0

Between the Rows: Your own Eden; Master Gardener Spring Symposium March 21

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creating Your Own Eden is the name of this year’s fact- and delight-loaded Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 21, at Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield. I can imagine a garden Eden where … 0

Between the Rows: Gardening for butterflies

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bill Benner is a man with many strings to his bow, but they all play tunes of the natural world and its fragility. He will be talking about the natural world, climate change and the impact it has … 0

Between the Rows: A plethora of peas

Saturday, February 21, 2015

There are peas that need to be shelled, peas that only need to be snapped, peas named snow and sweet peas that can be smelled. There are pea plants that are small, and many that are tall. There … 0

Between the Rows: Cold, snowy weather the perfect time to read and plan

Friday, February 13, 2015

With all the bad weather I’ve been happy to sit by the woodstove and read two new books from St. Lynn’s Press. “Garden-pedia: An A to Z Guide to Gardening Terms” by Paula Bennett and Maria Zampini ($16.95 … 0

Between the Rows: White blooms that last

Friday, February 6, 2015

Last week, I talked about some of the white spring flowers, but a whole array of white flowers bloom well into the fall. I can only mention a few. One of the more unusual flowers that grows in … 0

Between the Rows: White flowers bring cool serenity

Friday, January 30, 2015

As I look out at the newly white fields, I cannot help but think about the white flowers that bloom in the spring. There are so many, from shrubs to tall perennials and low-blooming groundcovers. White flowers bring … 0

Between the Rows: Conifers, a large and versatile family

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pines, firs, junipers, spruces and others are all conifers, cone-bearing evergreen trees. Within this large family there are many sizes, from low-growing ground covers to very tall trees, with many types of foliage and many foliage colors from … 0

Between the Rows: Broadleaf Evergreens

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rhododendrons are probably the largest group of broadleaf evergreens that are familiar to most of us. They can play a big part in adding substance and interest in the garden during the winter. I do confess it took … 0

Between the Rows: houseplants and nurseries

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some of us may have gotten a gift plant during the holidays. If we are not experienced indoor gardeners, this can cause some anxiety. “Now what do I do?” the recipient may wonder when the gift givers have … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Digging Deep’

Friday, January 2, 2015

In her book “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening” ($14.95), Fran Sorin makes the point that we are all creative creatures. Every baby ever born learns something new every day, laughs at something new every day. … 1