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 https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/newsletters/hort-notes/hort-notes-2020-vol-315 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.