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How to Grow: Dividing Perennials

Learn how to divide and care for 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 certain perennials,...

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How to Grow: Pruning Roses

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 creating more flowers, but less...

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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: Pruning a Hedge

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...

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How to Grow: Making a Raised Bed Garden

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 out faster in the spring making it easier for...

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How to Grow: Vertical Gardening

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 on Vermont Public Radio. 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....

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How to Grow: Protecting Roses

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 on Vermont Public Radio. 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...

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How to Grow: Permaculture

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. But we still want to grow everything under...

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How to Grow: Lasagna Gardening

Learn about the simple technique to build a new garden end without having to dig up the lawn. Listen to Podcast: 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 and generally sweat a lot. My solution is to borrow the wisdom of the lasagna. Lasagna gardening is a way to...

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How to Grow: Protecting Evergreens in Winter

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...