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How to Grow: Caring For a Vegetable Garden

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...

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How to Grow: Chop & Drop Perennial Care

Listen to this podcast on how to clean up flower and vegetable beds with the chop and drop method.   For years, in fall we've faithfully cut back our herbaceous perennial flowers, such as peony, hosta, phlox, and echinacea to clean up the beds for winter. But now my thinking has changed. It all started when I asked myself why remove all that plant matter at all. Usually we cut the foliage to the ground, move it to the compost pile and next year move some compost into the beds. But why create all that extra work. Why not compost the...

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How to Grow: Climbing Roses

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 wedding pictures taken here. It got...

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How to Grow: Companion Planting

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, but that may...

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How To Grow: Composting

Learn some alternative ways to make compost beyond just building a pile. Listen to podcast: I have a confession to make. I'm not an active composter. I'd like to think the piles of organic matter I put together in fall will heat up and break down quickly, but invariably other chores take my attention and they slowly decompose to eventually be useable. This method works, but there are other alternatives for making compost right in the garden for those of us who aren't interested in layering, watering, and turning our compost piles to heat...

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How to Grow: Composting in Place

Learn about composting your garden waste in the garden instead of moving it to a compost pile. Listen to Podcast: Like many gardeners, for years I would diligently clean up the veggie and annual flower gardens this time of year, pulling out dead plants and adding them to my compost pile. But in the last few years I’ve decided to compost in place. Instead of feeding the compost pile, I feed the garden soil in the beds directly. Here’s how it works. Instead of pulling out old broccoli, cabbage, pepper and bean plants, I cut them at the...

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How to Grow: Container Options for Edibles

When I first started gardening the container choices were usually clay or flimsy green plastic pots. A lot has changed. By using containers made from a variety of different materials, you can be match your pot with plants, furniture and even house siding. And these pots no longer just sit on the ground. Vertical gardening has elevated the pot experience to railings, walls and ceilings. For the most success, I try to match the right pot material with the right edible plant. For example, clay pots are known to breathe and dry out easily. For...

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How to Grow: Controlling Perennial Weeds

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...

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How to Grow: Cover Crops

Learn about cover crops, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: We have a new property and lots of land to farm and garden. But before I go hog wild and buy trees, shrubs, and perennials, I want to build the soil. One of the many things I've earned over the years in gardening is you need to take care of your soil before anything else. One of the best ways to feed your soil is by growing cover crops. Cover crops are legumes and grains that are specifically grown to be turned back into the soil. They have been used for...

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Growing Vines

Learn about a wide variety of annual and perennial vines to grow including mandevilla, passion flower, trumpet vine, honeysuckle and morning glory. Includes varieties, how to grow, prune and fertilize the vines and fall and winter care.