Member Garden Stories: Drip Irrigation Inspired by Garry

Drip timer

Members may remember visiting Garry and Lela’s gardens and Garry showing us his drop irrigation system in August of 2018. Based on Garry’s success and the knowledge he shared, I decided to try installing a system for our gardens. I started with “Fort Knox”, our most seriously fenced garden. Step 1: I ran a line … Read more

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

Member Garden Stories: My Coronavirus Hardscape Project

From Janet Tice: Coronavirus? Stay-at-home advisory? Thank goodness for gardening! With the weather too cool and rainy for digging in the dirt and my garden cleanup completed, I needed a project. I decided to tackle a long overdue task: adding a top “step” to the stairs connecting our side and back garden areas. We built … Read more

Member Garden Stories: My First Cold Frame

Cold frame with plants

Judith sent in this story: I’ve always wanted a cold frame, but have never made it a priority. I dropped a hint to my home project manager and suddenly a cold frame appeared in front of the house! Now I just have to figure out how to use it. I direct planted some lettuce seeds … Read more