UMass Extension’s Hort Notes and other Newsletters

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst publishes “Hort Notes” and “Garden Clippings” monthly. “Hort Notes” is more commercial operation oriented and “Garden Clippings” is more home gardener oriented. Check the current issue and archives at You can subscribe in the left column of their website with the red button … Read more

Spring Dividends at April Meeting

Perry prepared these descriptions of our 2017 spring dividends. The dividends were distributed at the April meeting. Oriental Poppy ‘Brilliant’ (Papaver orientale) Blooms late spring to summer and grows to 24-36”. Plant in full sun, in well-drained soil. The large flowers are dramatic! Our variety is a fiery red with black markings. When the flowers … Read more

Healthy Soil

Ben Barkan of Homeharvest gave an educational presentation on healthy soils at our April meeting. For those that couldn’t take notes at the pace Ben was sharing helpful information, Homeharvest has a maintenance manual on their website that covers much of what Ben shared and more.

Joe Rajunas’ Plant Propagation Slides

These are the slides from Joe Rajunas’ April 25, 2015 presentation to The Gardeners Exchange about Plant Propagation. These can be handy recall aids though slides alone cannot convey all the information Joe shared with us.

Joe’s Slides:

2015 Spring Dividend Slides

Click the title slide to view the slideshow then use the right arrow key to advance one slide at a time or click the “Start Slideshow” link to play automatically (about 10 seconds per slide).