After 20 years at 62 Windsor Rd. in Westwood, the new Agora Gardens site is fully operational at 309 North St. In Walpole.  We are very pleased with the outcome, and even though it is only late June, we have already harvested an abundance of peas, lots of strawberries, radishes, lettuce, and will shortly be swamped with tomatoes (50 plants that are absolutely thriving). Continue reading...

On May 10, 2016 Agora entered the sustainable, locally grown arena in a big way.  Partnering with Ian Brown Landscaping, we have purchased and installed a super high production hydroponic growing system housed in a retrofitted shipping container.  These are the same containers you find on ships crossing the world's oceans delivering goods to hundreds of countries.  A company called Freight Farms www.freightfarms.com located on Summer St. in Boston, takes used containers and rebuilds them into these fantastic gardening systems. DSC_1089   Continue reading...

Mid-Winter Planning

Sunday, January 19th, 2014 / Leave A Comment

It is January 19, 2014 and we are enveloped in another snowstorm. Yesterday I heard an ad on the radio about treatments for something called "seasonal affective disorder".  This is a form of depression that can strike people who live in northern climates, spend too much time indoors and don't like winter.  If you are reading this blog, you are probably a gardener and are about as far away from getting "seasonal affective disorder" as can be.  Gardeners, or as my friend Chris Reece calls them, "dirt people" thrive in the depths of winter because now is the time to prepare for the upcoming season.  Just think, the shortest day of the year was a month ago!  Every day since December 21st has been getting longer and lighter and closer to spring. Continue reading...

Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs grown in home gardens. It can also be one of the most frustrating. For those of you who live in the north, or climate zones below number six, keeping a rosemary plant in healthy condition throughout the winter is a real challenge.  Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean Basin and and trying to replicate that climate within a house in New England is the real trick. Continue reading...

Raised Bed/Box Gardening

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 / Leave A Comment

Whether you are building your first garden, adding on to an existing plot or just want a new look for your garden, raised boxes are just the thing. They are attractive, highly productive and make the whole garden experience very easy. I have about 50 raised boxes, most of which are 4 feet wide and 12 feet long. You never want them to be wider than four feet because you need to be able to reach the center of the box without stepping onto it. Remember, compacting the soil is a big “no no” which will impact drainage and is harmful to the beneficial worms that live below the surface. Other benefits of raised boxes include Continue reading...