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

Member Garden Stories: Winter Sowing Success

While we wait for it to be safe to gather and hold our meetings, tour gardens and enjoy each other’s company in person, we can educate and entertain each other with stories. Carol Canning offers this story about something new she tried: Winter Sowing.

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