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How to Grow: Sweet Potatoes

Learn about sweet potatoes, including how to plant and grow this vegetable. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Sweet Potato Now here’s a vegetable you normally don’t think of growing in the Northeast, but you actually can. Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are a traditional Southern crop and need heat and a long season (up to 4 months) to form potatoes. However, with a few tricks, I’ve been able to grow good-sized sweet potatoes even in Vermont, so it is possible. The keys with growing sweet potatoes in our sometimes cool...

Fruit

How to Grow: Pears

Learn about pears, including how to plant and grow this fruit. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Pears The soft, sweet flesh of a home grown pear is almost a meal in itself. Of course, I’ll eat them with cheese or in salads, too, but eating pears fresh is the way to go. Unlike other fruit trees, pears like to grow tall, straight in a pyramidical shape. The ones that grow best in our region are European pears. These are hardier than peaches, but not as hardy as apples. Asian pears will only survive in warmer areas (USDA...

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How to Grow: Edible Flowers

Learn about edible flowers, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: On this week's Vermont Garden Journal on Vermont Public Radio, Charlie profiles edible flowers. There are many varieties to choose from that are good for salads, drinks, stir fries, soups and desserts. Charlie delves into the history of edible blossoms and discusses the best methods for preparing floral foods. Tune in Friday evening and Saturday morning for more about edible flowers on the Vermont Garden Journal on Vermont Public Radio. When someone sees a...

Vegetable

How to Grow: Jack O Lanterns

Learn about Jack O Lanterns, including how to plant and grow pumpkins. Listen to podcast: The leaves are dropping, the cold is coming, and it's time for carving pumpkin. But did you know that the first Jack-O'-Lantern was actually a turnip? The Irish story goes there was an unsavory character named Stingy Jack who tricked the devil into not claiming his soul. When Jack died the devil couldn't take him so he sent him off into the dark night to wander endlessly with only a piece of coal burning in a hollowed out turnip to light his way. He's...

PerennialsPodcast

How to Grow: Ornamental Grasses

Learn about ornamental grasses, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Ornamental Grasses various species   Other Name Many different types   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer and fall in shades of brown, purple, red, and silver   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits native, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Ornamental grasses have become all the rage in landscaping circles and...

Vegetable

How to Grow: Gourds

Learn about gourds, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: It's one of the earliest plants domesticated by man and is grown around the world. We use it for a multitude of purposes, except eating. What is it? It's the gourd. Ornamental gourds originated in Asia thousands of years ago and have spread around the world. There are two types of this cucumber-family plant that are commonly grown; the decorative, or soft-shelled gourd and the larger, hard-shelled gourd. The soft-shelled gourds are those warty, odd-looking,...

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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...

PerennialsPodcast

How to Grow: Asters

Learn how to grow asters, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Asters Aster spp and hybrids Other Name Michaelmas daisy   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer to fall in colors such as blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   This native wildflower is a sure sign of late summer and early fall in New England. You can see it blooming next to goldenrod...

PerennialsPodcast

How to Grow: Hardy Hibiscus

Learn how to grow hardy hibiscus, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Hardy Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos Other Name Swamp rose mallow   Sun Requirements Full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors such as white, pink, red, and bi colors.   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 5 feet x 2 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds   Yes, you can grow hardy hibiscus in New England. Often people think of the tropical houseplant when I...

Vegetable

How to Grow: Plants for a Fall Harvest

Learn about planting vegetables for a fall harvest. Listen to podcast: I was planning on planting the vegetable garden in May or early June in our new home. I really was. But rain, work delays and mud stopped me in my tracks. But did that stop this intrepid veggie lover. No! My wife Wendy and I just planted a fall veggie garden last week and you can, too. While most lucky gardening souls are noshing on fresh tomatoes, squash, beans, and cucumbers, remember to make room for a fall garden. Many cool weather loving veggies thrive in September...