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Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Venture beyond your garden walls: Plant sales and noteworthy gardens to visit this season
05-13-2024 12:18 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

After long weeks of yearning for gardening weather, we’re suddenly inundated by spring. Endless outdoor chores beg for our attention — composting, mulching, edging, scrubbing birdbaths and, at least in my garden beds, pulling out multitudes of maple...

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Providing opportunity for people to grow: The United Arc of Franklin County’s annual Gardening with Steve event a highlight of spring
05-06-2024 4:16 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Steve McConley credits his wife, Doreen, for his interest in growing plants. Doreen brought solid gardening skills to their union, and Steve appreciates her encouragement. The McConleys have a garden at their Bernardston home, and now Steve shares...


Tips for planning a successful garden: Creating a healthy garden is all about maintaining good habits
04-29-2024 2:23 PM

By HENRY HOMEYER

Despite late snowstorms that dumped deep snow over much of New England, spring is finally here. Let’s take a look at some keys to a successful year in the vegetable garden.Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Yes, I grow about 40 tomato plants each...


New Salem event will turn gun parts into gardening tools, jewelry
04-25-2024 12:38 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — A Connecticut nonprofit will send representatives to town on Saturday to demonstrate how something that is often associated with tragedy can be converted into an instrument furthering new growth.Swords to Plowshares Northeast members will...


Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many
04-19-2024 11:13 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...


Pocket park taking root on Sanderson Street in Greenfield
03-26-2024 12:50 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Residents are working to bring a small patch of almost barren land surrounding the 20 Sanderson St. building back to life with the creation of a pocket park this summer. Using a $7,500 grant from the Licensed Site Professionals...


Sowing the seeds of recovery: Greenfield-based Recover Project supports sobriety through community gardening program, Garden Path
03-25-2024 3:00 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The benefits of gardening are widely known, but there’s one aspect readers may not have considered: gardening can offer a path to sobriety, especially when undertaken with friends. Some members of the Greenfield-based Recover Project are spending time...


Cultivating curiosity in the great outdoors: Grower of native plants creates curriculum for school children
03-18-2024 3:57 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

We celebrate today’s Spring Equinox with Colrain resident Jocelyn Demuth, who designs curricula to encourage Massachusetts children to improve environmental health.Through her “Five hundred Yard Field Trip” website, Demuth provides teachers with free...


City Hall gardens get boost from Greening Greenfield volunteers
05-23-2023 1:05 PM

GREENFIELD — More than 50 native shrubs, grasses and flowering plants have found homes on either side of the City Hall entrance, following the efforts of Greening Greenfield’s Pollinator Group.The project’s roots date back to the spring of 2022, when...


Swapping and saving seeds: Preparing for the 2023 growing season
02-27-2023 6:26 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Melinda McCreven’s family maintained a small garden behind their West Haven, Connecticut home, but she wasn’t very interested in gardening as a child; later, though, McCreven developed a passion for all things horticulture. Local residents have...


Get Growing: Mass Aggie Seed Library at UMass makes seeds accessible to all
02-20-2023 7:20 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

It’s February. A few weeks ago, the temperature outside was an untoasty -10 degrees, weather that challenges the reaches of our imaginations to conjure images of newly planted vegetable seeds sprouting in our gardens. But it’s never too soon to start...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: The importance of talking to plants
01-23-2023 4:37 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

A few years ago I was having coffee with my two sisters-in-law at a family gathering in North Carolina. Both of them had recently built new houses and were quizzing me about how to create gardens in the bare dirt surrounding their homes. The question...


Sugarloaf Gardens in Sunderland holds soft opening
03-31-2022 5:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With April showers expected to bring May flowers, residents have a new opportunity to buy those flowers, trees and more at the recently opened Sugarloaf Gardens.The garden center, which takes the place of the former Sugarloaf Nurseries at...

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