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Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: The importance of talking to plants
01-13-2023 4:26 PM


A few years ago I was having coffee with my two sisters-in-law at a family gathering in North Carolina. Both of them had recently built new houses and were quizzing me about how to create gardens in the bare dirt surrounding their homes. The question...

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Steam assist ovens are the best of both worlds
06-22-2018 11:01 AM

By HomeAdvisor

Professional chefs around the world have known for years that cooking with steam means moister, better tasting food and faster cooking times. In fact, steam assist ovens have been standard fare in the restaurant business for quite some time. Lucky for...

Mickey Rathbun: Redbuds, southern trees that can thrive in New England
05-31-2018 5:20 PM

Growing up in Virginia, one of my favorite spring sights was the blooming of eastern redbud trees, Cercis canadensis. Redbud trees are one of the earliest spring bloomers. Their abundant pea-sized flowers bloom simultaneously, creating purplish pink...

Peter Schoenberger of Hadley enjoys sharing his passion for plants
07-06-2017 6:55 PM


How does a gardener celebrate the first day of summer? The June solstice was traditionally a time for farmers to mark their calendars for dates to plant and harvest crops. For Peter Schoenberger, the newest member of the Garden Club of Amherst, it’s...

Mickey Rathbun : The curse of the gypsy moth
06-29-2017 7:30 PM

This summer, you may have noticed that many trees and shrubs are being defoliated by gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillars. We are experiencing an unusually heavy infestation this year, as we did in 2016, and the effect on our trees has been...

Mickey Rathbun: Taking care of spring bulbs
05-25-2017 3:02 PM

Most spring bulbs have flowered by now and are looking a bit forlorn, surrounded by burgeoning spring perennials that are growing almost visibly by the day. The green stalks and leaves of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs may look idle, but they are...

Smith College exhibit shows what ancient ruins reveal about garden medicine
04-08-2017 7:43 PM


In 1966, an American archaeologist named Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski was working on a dig at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried under ash and pumice during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. She noticed something unusual going on...

Michey Rathbun: Amaryllis: A Winter Wonder
12-08-2016 2:54 PM

We’re entering that dark cold part of the year, when color drains from the landscape and we yearn for some bright growing things. A terrific way to enliven the winter months is to pot up some amaryllis bulbs. At first sight, the large, knobby bulbs...

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