Eco-Conscious Gardening

  • If you have recently removed or soon plan to remove non-native plants from your yard, the resources below will provide you with recommendations for what you might want to plant to in their stead.
  • The resource page below also contains information about native species found in Massachusetts that could suit your home and garden.
A field of white, yellow, and purple wildflowers with green grass.
  • Everyone wants to have beautiful gardens that attract pollinators but life can sometimes get in the way of tending to an elaborate back/front yard set-up. 
  • Take a look at some of the recommendations below for how to prepare to go from grassy lawn to pollination station and what low maintenance plants you might want to pick out for a busy lifestyle. 
A field of New England Asters; a small yellow and purple flower
  • In 2020 TerraCorps Service member Bruce Traban created Greer’s Garden behind our Helfand Farm office.
  • This garden is full of native grasses, shrubs, and trees, all designed to attract pollinators. 
  • Use this page as a resource to help you think about what you might want to plant in your garden. 
Greer's Garden
  • Sunlight is a key component of gardening and knowing what type of sunlight your garden gets will help determine which plants you should be including in your garden.
  • This page below provides instructions on how to create a sun-chart for your garden which can provide insights and guidance on what to plant.
Sun coming through trees in a forest.
  • One of the most important aspects of gardening is understanding your soil.
  • Check out the resources below to learn how to test your soil type through UMass Amherst and how to test your soil moisture at home.
clover sprout coming out of the soil
  • Want some more in depth information or to look up native plants? We have a great list of websites for you! 
  • Make sure you visit the UMass Dartmouth Beecology program website for more information on how to support all types of local pollinators
Greer's Garden