Garden Design & Care

Learn how to build a raised bed garden including the materials to use, the size of the bed, and what to grow and hot to care for them. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association. Transcript Hi I’m Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I’d like to talk to you about raised bed gardening. Raised beds are just what they sound like; mounds of soil that made it to various shapes. They offer lots of advantages in the garden. They warm up sooner and dry […]

Learn about some simple permaculture techniques to save space and grow better plants in your vegetable garden. Listen to podcast: Winter is a great time of year for garden planning. Whether it be a trip to Italy or a new garden bed, now is the time to get ready for the coming garden season. I’ve been reading Toby Hemenway’s permaculture book, Gaia’s Garden, and I have a few new design concepts I’m going to try. Many gardeners are shrinking the size of their gardens to reduce work and save space. […]

Learn how to protect your evergreens trees and shrubs from damaging winter winds and cold. Listen to podcast: We’ve all seen it happen. A beautiful, broad-leaved rhododendron looks great going into winter. But in spring the leaves have browned and curled, turning our beautiful specimen into a deposit for the compost pile. So how do we get our broad-leaved evergreens such as rhodis, mountain laurel and pieris shrubs to make it through winter? It’s all about protection. Broad-leaved evergreens continue to transpire moisture through their leaves in winter. If the […]

Learn how to protect your roses from winter’s cold and winds. Listen to Podcast: I’m Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Fall is a time for wrapping up the garden, both figuratively and literally. It’s time to pull out frost-killed annual flowers, cut back perennial flowers, compost leaves, and protect tender shrubs. One of the most precious flowers to protect are your roses. Because there are so many different types of roses, it’s often confusing which ones to protect and how. Overwintering roses, though, is straight forward. […]

Learn how to prune and care for an evergreen hedge such as arborvitae, cedar and yews. This video has special instructions on the tools and techniques to keep the hedge healthy. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I’m Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I’d like to show you how to prune an evergreen hedge. Robert Frost once said “good fences make good neighbors”. Well plants make excellent fences. Deciduous, which are the plants that drop their leaves in the fall, and […]

Learn about pruning roses, including when and how to prune each type. Listen to podcast: Roses can be viewed as the most desirable flower or just a pain to grow. It depends on your attitude. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” One of the challenges of roses is pruning and now is the time to do it. In spring it’s easy to see any blackened, winter injured canes and live buds. Proper pruning invigorates the bush […]

Listen to this podcast on how to grow and care for plants along the ocean with salt spray and winds.   Those of us living inland tend to only think about the ocean in summer. But for those 23 million people living within a few miles of Long Island Sound in Connecticut and Long Island, the sea is a daily companion. Landscaping close to the Sound can be challenging and rewarding. The ocean has a moderating effect on temperatures so you can often grow perennials, trees, and shrubs that others […]

Learn how to grow tomatoes and other vegetables in straw bales with less work and weeds. Listen to podcast: I’ve seen vegetables planted in just about everything. Whether it be old bathtubs, broken down cars, old shoes or even a used gas grill, gardeners can get creative when it comes to space saving techniques. Well, here’s an old space saver that’s come back to life in a new book. It’s called straw bale gardening. Ruth Stout started it years ago and now Joel Karsten has got a new twist on […]

Learn about the best ways to trellis your tomato plants to keep them off the ground. Listen to podcast: Well, my tomatoes are in the ground and enjoying the warm soil and temperatures. I grow a mix of hybrids and heirlooms and one thing they all have in common is they’re big plants. So, they need to be kept off the ground, because tomatoes flopping on the ground leads to fruit rot, more leaf diseases and a big mess by midsummer. We all know about staking and caging tomatoes so […]

Learn about creating unusual holidays wreaths made from native materials. Listen to podcast: Holiday wreaths adorn may houses this time of year. While I love the traditional evergreen wreath with pine cones, winter berries, and dried grasses, you can also get creative about what you use to make a wreath. The first type of wreath I like to call the “morning walk” wreath. This is a wreath made from natural materials you find along your morning walk in the woods or fields. Bring along your hand pruners and a bucket […]

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