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Garden Design: Soil, Site and Self

It certainly feels as though summer is just about here in Western Massachusetts.  Today’s thunderstorm looked and smelled just right.  Yes, this spring we are having rain, unlike last year that became a drought. Remember the promises we made to garden smarter this year? Hopefully in the last 9 months you have increased the health of your soil, looked at your site to be sure you have the right plants for that location, and looked at yourself and how much you can give to your garden. With your analysis of your Soil, Site, and Self, it is time to move forward to creating a better garden for 2017.  This month we give you one more Soil, Site, and Self topic.  Our Soil article takes a look at watering our garden using age old methods from desert environments, and devising better watering methods for today. Our Site article takes a look at Friends in the Garden, how we can work with our natural buddies to get the better of the few garden foes.  Our Self article describes Plant Health Care and how we can become better observers in our gardens to get ahead of any problems before they become big problems.

Book Reviews
Onward and Upward in the Garden
All About Begonias
Healthy Soils
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The Master Gardener program will allow you endless opportunities to enhance your knowledge and expertise as well as to meet fellow gardeners from throughout Western Massachusetts. You will also discover rewarding service and learning opportunities as you assist people with good and sustainable solutions to their gardening problems and challenges.


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What We Do

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is committed to serving the community through public education and service. Find us at local farmers markets answering gardening questions. Look for us tending area community and non-profit groups' gardens.


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PHONE HOTLINE: Call the Hotline with your gardening questions at any time: 413-298-5355.  WMMGA Master Gardeners will answer your questions and call you back! Please leave your name, your question, your phone number (or email address), and the best time to reach you on the answering machine any day of the week. We will call you back when we have an answer to your question.


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