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Between the Rows
A roadside elderberry
Pat Leuchtman photo

Between the Rows: You'll find this berry interesting

Friday, July 18, 2014

Elderberries and chokeberries are not as beautiful or familiar as spring’s strawberry, but these small, dark berries that ripen in late summer pack a nutritional wallop. I’ve known the elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) since childhood, but the chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is fairly new to me. Whether you call the elderberry a tree or a bush, it is having a very good … 0

Between the Rows: Mary Lyon Church Garden Tour

Friday, July 11, 2014

Garden tour season continues! The Mary Lyon Church garden tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes seven gardens in Buckland and two gardens in West Hawley. I had the good fortune to visit Shirley Scott and Joe Giard’s garden ahead of time. This has one of the most challenging sites I have ever seen for … 0

Between the Rows: Dioecious plants

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Editor’s note: Pat Leuchtman also writes online. You can find her at www.commonweeder.com. The Annual Rose Viewing was a success, but it was the hardy kiwi vine on our shed that also got a lot of attention. Of course, it is the unusual green, white and pink foliage that makes the hardy kiwi … 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

Between the Rows: A walk in the woods

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I’ve always known we have many different types of bird habitat here at the End of the Road. We have fields that surround our house and the garden. We have a wetland and a pond. Mostly, we have woods, about 35 or so acres, surrounding the house, fields … 0

Between the Rows: Whately Garden Tour

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Garden Tour Season has begun. Next Saturday, June 15, the Whately Historical Society Garden Tour includes five diverse Whately gardens that will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. There are woodland gardens, gardens that reflect other cultures, cottage gardens and gardens that … 0

Between the Rows: A sweet deal

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay, A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, But a swarm in July ain’t worth a fly. Bees are in the air, literally and figuratively. My friend, Edward Maeder, who just moved to an old house in … 0

Between the Rows: Salvia

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Right now, I have two sage plants in my herb garden right in front of our house. I have a Salvia officinalis plant that has survived several winters and a brand-new meadow sage, Salvia verticillata Evelina. I have since learned that there is a showier S. verticillata named … 0