Learn how to care for 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 Transcript Hi I’m Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association, today I’d like to talk to you about maintaining the vegetable garden. You know we spend a lot of time and energy building the soil and planting seeds and transplants in spring. But often by midsummer we forget about the vegetable garden. We really shouldn’t. There’s a […]

Learn about the best organic controls for perennial weeds in the garden. Listen to podcast: While annual weeds such as chickweed, lamb’s quarters and pigweed have many control options, including eating them, perennial weeds really only have one; tenacity. Japanese knotweed, quack grass, horsetail and gout weed are some perennial weeds that plague Vermont gardens. These weeds are specially adapted to survive. They’ve the ability to form new plants along their roots, so even if you pull out 99% of the plant, what’s left behind in the soil will eventually […]

Learn about poison ivy, including the best and safest ways to control it. Listen to podcast: For as long as I can remember, each summer I get some amount of poison ivy rash. Poison ivy is best identified by the “leaves of three, let them be,” rhyme. It grows as an aggressive ground cover and up trees. I once saw a whole tree enveloped in poison ivy vines. I stayed away! It’s best to avoid contact with leaves, stems and roots since the chemical urushiol can stay active for months […]

Learn about controlling weeds and caring for your vegetable and flower garden. This podcast and video includes information on organic sprays, tools, and the best weeding techniques. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Learn about organic weed control including information on sprays and cultivating techniques. Listen to Podcast: Ben Franklin once said, “A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.” Yes, with all the rain lately, weeds are having a hay day! Controlling them can be the bane of […]

Learn about invasive plants, including how to stop their spread. Listen to podcast: We all enjoy the sweet smell of honeysuckle flowers in spring, the purple colors of loosestrife in summer, and the red glow of burning bush leaves in autumn. However, all three of these plants are considered exotic invasives in Vermont. So why should we care that these plants have invaded our ecosystems? Well, even though plants do naturally spread over time, exotic invasives spread quickly reducing biodiversity, choking out native plants, and becoming a weed in the […]

Listen to this podcast on how to care for a wildflower meadow.   It takes just one look outside to know what time of year it is. The goldenrod, Queen Anne’s lace, and asters are blooming, so it must be late summer moving into fall. There’s been a lot of attention on planting gardens for pollinating insects and butterflies. It seems like we’ve had a bevy of Monarchs and other butterflies this year in our garden. While creating a planted wildflower garden is a great way to help these creatures […]

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