Garden Design & Care

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 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

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 […]

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 […]

Learn about growing plants vertically to save space and maximize production of your flowers, vegetables and herbs. Listen to podcast: I’m Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. People are growing plants in the wildest places these days. There are rooftop gardens sprouting up on top of 30 story buildings, container gardens on balconies and fire escapes, and now living green walls in cities, schools and homes. The green wall revolution coincides with the increased interest in urban gardening. Gardeners are growing everything in green walls. I saw […]

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