Garden Design & Care

Learn how to grow climbing roses including information on varieties and pruning. Listen to podcast: My mom loves roses, so I recently took her to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. This is one of the first municipal rose gardens in the country. Started in 1904, it features 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties. And it’s in full bloom now. One of the features of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is the climbing roses on the arches around the gazebo. When in full bloom, it’s stunning. No wonder brides want their […]

Learn about companion planting, including what plants grow well next to other plants and which to avoid. Listen to Podcast: Gardening is known for its folklore. Some of these old wives tales have some truth to them and others, not so much. I often get asked about companion planting for insect control. Although many say plants such as onions, marigolds and rue can deter pests, scientifically, few of these folklore remedies have been proven. It might happen that you get fewer pests on your tomatoes if onions are growing nearby, […]

Learn how to divide your perennial flowers including information on which flowers to divide when and the proper way to divide common perennials such as daylilies and iris. Listen to podcast: In his book Pass Along Plants. Felder Rushing talks about passing a long or sharing special garden plants he’s had for years with friends, family, and neighbors. I love this idea. It’s like having a remembrance of your friend in your garden. One of the best ways to pass along a perennial flower is to divide it and, for […]

Learn how to force flowering branches into bloom indoors weeks before they bloom outdoors. Listen to podcast: I love garden chores that, as they say, kill two birds with one stone. This chore will cheer up your home in winter and get your trees and shrubs in shape for spring. It’s called forcing flowering branches. When you prune crowded, broken or damaged branches in winter, many of the tree and shrub stems you’ll be cutting are perfect for forcing indoors. Their branches are loaded with flower buds and all they […]

Learn about the best ways to engage kids in gardening. Listen to podcast: One of the best gifts you can give a child, is to garden with them. Like myself, most adult gardeners started in the garden with mom, dad or a favorite grand parent. Introducing kids to gardening at a young age leads to a lifetime of healthy eating and loving plants and the environment. Yes, I believe gardeners make better people, too, as they learn life skills such as nurturing and working together. We’re blessed in Vermont with […]

Learn about the simple technique to build a new garden end without having to dig up the lawn. Listen to Podcast: I’m Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. I’m an Italian-American and if there’s one thing I know about it’s lasagna. I’ve been eating it since I was a little bambino. While lasagna is a great food, it’s also a great gardening idea. Starting a new flower or vegetable bed can be back breaking work. Many gardeners dig out sod and weeds, bring in topsoil and compost […]

Learn how to take care of your vegetable garden in summer. This video includes information on fertilizing, thinning root crops, and watering your vegetables. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association

Learn how to build a raised bed garden including information on the materials to use, the size of the bed, and what to grow. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association.  

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 […]

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