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In the corner of the Potager, behind my two compost piles, are giant nettles and jewelweed. These are two of the most easily identified weeds. People learn to identify stinging nettles pretty quick, after only one or two run-ins. 
(Pat Leuchtman photo)

BetweenTheRows: Weeds in my garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weeds. The weeds are thriving in my garden. In the middle of August when we are getting ready for the Heath Fair there is no longer even a pretense that I am keeping up with the weeds. This week I am resolved to attack them with vigor. One friend I met at the fair said she had given up weeding … 0

Between the Rows: “Coffee for Roses,” a book review

Friday, August 8, 2014

C.L. Fornari book “Coffee for Roses” is subtitled “and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening” (St. Lynn’s Press $17.95. Fornari covers a lot of ground in this book, which gives more than it promises. I had to laugh when I opened it to the first myth: “A perennial garden is less work … 0

Between the Rows: beans and squash and rabbits

Friday, August 1, 2014

Beans are among the most common vegetable crops. Because they are so common, perhaps we don’t think about the great variety of beans that we can grow and enjoy. Beyond string beans, we have shelly beans, long beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans, soy beans, butter beans and tepary beans. Within each of those … 0

Between the Rows: Efficient by design

Sunday, September 29, 2013

As she began my tour of Beaver Lodge in Ashfield, Marie Stella said, “I’m a designer. I’ve always been absorbed by fashion, interior and landscape design,” Her current and ongoing design project is the landscape surrounding her beautiful house, which has been given a Platinum LEED (Leadership in … 0

Between the Rows: Monks Garden magic

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Last week, I visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to meet the noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg and hear him speak about how he approached the challenge of redesigning the Monks Garden. He said that Isabella Stewart Gardner herself acknowledged that she was never satisfied with the … 0

Between the Rows: Pat goes nuts over these trees

Saturday, September 14, 2013

On a spring walk in the Betty Maitland Memorial Forest here in Heath, we admired a tall beech tree (Fagus grandiflora) that is also known as the bear tree. The trunk is scarred by bears that climb up into the foliage for the nuts. Beechnuts are an important … 0

Between the Rows: Even dummies can raise their own chickens

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dogs and cats are so 20th century. Chickens are the new trend in “pets.” They are colorful, cheerful, easy to care for and productive. Think of all those fresh eggs! Dogs only give you sticks you have thrown for them to bring back. OK, sometimes they bring you … 0

Between the Rows: Conway home a model of permaculture

Saturday, August 24, 2013

How would you plan your retirement if you had already received a degree from Wellesley College, earned a further degree in Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, hitchhiked to Morocco, lived in Paris, worked for the United Nations, as well as in the cable TV world and for the … 0

Between the rows: Tony Palumbo and the gifts of Irene

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Two years ago, Tropical Storm Irene came rampaging through the area, turning the rivers into torrents overleaping their banks, washing away roads and buildings, breaking hearts and pocketbooks. Tony Palumbo, artist, owner of the Green Emporium and gardener, was at his easel watching the rain pour down. Neighbors … 0

Between the Rows: Sharing multiple gardens

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kevin Hollister and his family live across the lawn and through the woods right next door to his sister Sarah Hollister in Colrain. Together, they share multiple gardens. Sarah has lots of vegetables for the two families, many of them growing on utilitarian or whimsical structures. Kevin hosts … 0

Between the Rows: Pat's berry good summer

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Berries are an easy food crop that can save you money and are amazingly nutritious. Berries are expensive in the market because they require so much labor to pick, are perishable and need to be shipped quickly. Yet it does not take much time or trouble to go … 0

Between the Rows: Summer blues

Saturday, July 13, 2013

There are different types of summer blues, from the blues that hit on hot, muggy days when the thought of weeding is not to be borne, or those that follow drenching rains that have turned the raspberries to mold. Then there are the blue flowers that are much … 0

Between the Rows: Herb garden

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Do you cook? If you have been cooking for any time at all, I think you will have discovered that herbs add a lot to everyday cuisine. If you garden as well as cook, you know that a small herb garden can save you money, look pretty and … 0

Between the Rows: Welcome to the gardens

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Welcome! Welcome seems to be the theme at one of the gardens on the Greenfield Garden Club Tour, which will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This beautiful garden on a challenging slope in Gill has several garden rooms, from the small … 0

Between the Rows: Come smell our roses

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I was inviting a new friend to our annual Rose Viewing. She looked at me in absolute amazement. “You can grow tea roses in Heath?” No, I cannot. Tea roses will not grow in Heath. The word rose is not synonymous with the words tea rose. Mostly I … 0