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THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of March 28, 2024

If you have too much lawn, or your attempts to grow grass in an area always fail, maybe you should grow something else there. Creating an island of shrubs with perennial groundcovers or just an island for annuals with a few perennials to anchor it might be the perfect solution.

THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Signs of life

Virginia bluebells and hellebores are the Punxsutawney Phil of plants. Their emergence reminds me that spring is on its way. I find comfort in these signs of spring, but also fret about the winter tasks still left undone

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of March 21, 2024

Plants, especially native plants, are genetically disposed to get growing as daylight expands. As trees and shrubs grow, once-sunny spots become shady and understory plantings might stop flowering well or not at all.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of March 14, 2024

I’ve scanned the upcoming weather forecast. After warm days on Tuesday and Wednesday, this upcoming weekend looks like perfect weather for either spraying repellents or preventive fungicides.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of March 7, 2024

Thankfully, a slow ramp-up in March does force me to stop and form my garden priorities.

THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: The world is abuzz

Some gardeners believe only native plants can support pollinators; others say non-natives can, too. Is it necessary to choose a side?

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of February 29, 2024

Garden centers have us gardeners pegged: We want color and we want it now!

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of February 22, 2024

If you need to do some gardening (it is a type of addiction, this need to grow things), start your broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts indoors now to set out by mid-April and have early season crops.

THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Winter flowers

It’s such good news that many gardeners and entrepreneurs are starting small flower farms so we can have seasonal flowers, but what do we do in the middle of the winter season that remains a little bereft of flowers? Lee has suggestions.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of February 15, 2024

We are not in the gardens, but we can do some work on our indoor "gardens."

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of February 8, 2024

Whatever your feelings about this "greeting card" holiday, a plant gift in February can lift the spirits of you as giver or recipient.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of February 1, 2024

I need to remember that while invasive species may not be my own fault, the invaders are humans’ responsibility.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of January 25, 2024

It is a waste of time to point fingers searching for the source of pests. Pests often inhabit soil but cause no problems when houseplants receive regular watering and regular fertilizer.

The SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: A garden-variety moderate

Lee anticipates an upcoming presentation about transforming our gardens to be more than an expression of our concerns and fears about a changing world, and seeing them as a place where we can begin to find pleasure in our connection to what we grow.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of January 18, 2024

As we gaze out the window at the riot of weather, I am thankful for my piece of ground and the warmth of my fire. I am also thankful for the beauty of our nearby woods, public spaces that are available to anyone in the Berkshires.

THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of January 11, 2024

A new year means nothing and everything. We can continue as usual or not. As a lazy gardener, I love the time of reflection that January and February bring to me as a gardener in New England.