Vermont Garden Journal 2012
It's hard to beat Mother Nature's show, but if you're looking to add
some unusual shrubs and trees to your yard and particularly want some
with fall foliage color, I've got some ideas for you.
Cold hardy vegetables such as leeks, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and
carrots can withstand some frost. Annual flowers such as snapdragons and
violas can too. But what about those plants that you want to keep
growing in spite of the cold?
Lasagna gardening is a way to eliminate all digging, turning and tilling
to create a bed next spring that will be ready to plant.
For years, fall was all about apples, pears and pumpkins. Those were the
symbolic fruits and vegetables of our autumn. But now edible gardeners
can add raspberries and blackberries to the list.
Called the poor man's asparagus by the French, leeks are a seldom used, but delicious vegetable.
Goldenrod is a native North American wildflower that is in full bloom this time of year.
Late summer is known for tons of tomatoes, asters and goldenrod in
bloom, and white patches on lilac, birch, phlox, bee balm, squash and
other leaves. It all sounds ideal, except for those white patches. They
are the sign of powdery mildew disease.
This week we're remembering a somber anniversary: the date tropical storm Irene wrecked havoc on Vermont.
Growing fruit is becoming more popular and many gardeners are
experimenting with some exotics too. Well, it doesn't get any more
exotic in the fruit world than the kiwi.
Ahh echinacea. This simple native midwestern prairie plant has garnered so much interest from a medical standpoint, that some people overlook its beauty in the perennial garden.
Any evaluation of the summer vegetable garden isn't complete with a review of the tomato crop.
Peaches are a special summer treat that have a long history. Early explorers of North and South America brought peaches to the New World, but it was the native Americans who spread them, planting peach pits as they traveled the countryside.
There are some interesting things to know about selecting perennial flower varieties for shade in Vermont. This week on The Vermont Garden Journal, Charlie Nardozzi tells you what they are!
Summer squash and zucchinis are prolific, but they do attract certain pests that can downright kill the plant
This week on the Vermont Garden Journal, tips on watering your plants just the right amount!
While we all know about growing pole beans on well, poles, peas on
fences, and tomatoes on stakes, there are reasons to trellis other
veggies too such as peppers, melons, and cucumbers.
This stately perennial has white, pink, blue, or purple flower buds that the ancient Greeks called "delphis" or dolphin.
Of all the fruits, apples are the most interwoven with our folklore. From William Tell's arrow, to Newton's theory of gravity, to a man named Johnny seeding trees around a new country, apples are part of our culture.
Start any conversation about gardening during a spell of wet weather and sooner or later the talk will turn to slugs and snails.
The English poet William Butler said, "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." What fruit was he referring to? It's the strawberry.
Charlie Nardozzi discusses our complex relationship with roses.
This week on The Vermont Garden Journal, Charlie Nardozzi shares his tips for growing heirloom tomatoes!
I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. I've always try to get creative on Mother's Day with unique gifts for mom, but this year I'm going traditional. I'm giving her geraniums. Pelargoniums have been know as old fashioned flowers, but they're really making a comeback. With new leaf and flower colors, geraniums will surprise you.
This week on The Vermont Garden Journal, all about artichokes!
Coral bells are the National Garden Bureau's perennial flower of the year.
Paw paw is a temperate climate relative of tropical fruits such as cherimoya. It's native to the Eastern United States, hardy to zone 5, and grows wild as an understory tree in the forest.
What kinds of spring wildflowers can we look for? Charlie Nardozzi spots a few this week on The Vermont Garden Journal.
We've heard of tomatoes, garlic, and eggplant at your favorite Italian restaurant. But what other garden veggies go well with your pasta?
Plant hardiness zones is a USDA system of mapping out average winter minimum temperatures across the country so gardeners can know what perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs most likely will survive in their area.