Vermont Garden Journal

Fridays at 5:55p.m., Sunday at 9:34a.m.

The Vermont Garden Journal is a weekly program hosted by horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi. Each week, Nardozzi will focus on a topic that's relevant to both new and experienced gardeners, including pruning lilac bushes, growing blight-free tomatoes, groundcovers, sunflowers, bulbs, pests and more.

Hear the Vermont Garden Journal Friday afternoons at 5:55pm and Sunday mornings at 9:34am.

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The beet is a popular root crop originating in North Africa. The root gained popularity in Europe first for its greens then for its root, which can be red, white, yellow or even striped. Some love it, while others loathe it.

With so much snow, you may need some alternatives to clover to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
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There are many plants associated with St. Patrick's Day. The most popular is the Shamrock which is a type of clover. Since clover isn't growing yet, a suitable substitute is the Oxalis plant.

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If you're looking for a colorful, blooming ground cover for areas under deciduous trees, consider planting Corydalis.

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If you want to get into a tangle with a veggie gardener, then discuss what you think is the best-tasting tomato.

Backyard overlooking golf course, flowerbeds and shrubs.
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Shade can be a curse from preventing you from planting your favorite sun-loving plants or an opportunity to create an interesting landscape. Let's focus on the latter.

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Muster up some patience when planting asparagus. You won't harvest until the third year but, once established, this perennial can produce for decades.

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Asclepias or Butterfly Weed is more than just a pretty flower; it's been used medicinally and for making fiber.

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The tropical Asian root loves heat and a long growing season, so you'd think it wouldn't grow well around here. But with a little help, ginger can — and now's the time to get started by planting roots indoors!

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Last summer, while leading a tour of gardens in England and Wales, I learned a few design tips that can work in any sized garden.

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Asian greens automatically make some gardeners think of Chinese cabbage or bok choi. But there are many others that may be worth a try in your garden this spring.

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The cyclamen plant was also used medically to treat depression and the tubers were even fed to pigs, hence the common name, "pig bread." With the proper care, it now makes a terrific indoor or outdoor plant.

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Come January, it gets a little hard to keep the kids and yourself entertained indoors. One way to build some excitement is to garden — but not like what you'll be doing outside in a few months — this is grocery store gardening.

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Feel the need to get your hands a little dirty during the winter? No problem. Just bring the gardening indoors!

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It used to be an annual ritual after the holidays to sit down and peruse the seed catalogs that had just arrived in the mail. These days, the catalogs arrive early, but I still resist the temptation and don't look at them until January.

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Usually when recommending gifts for gardeners, I suggest tools, gloves or seeds but any good edible gardener knows that you need the right equipment to process what you grow.

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Holiday wreaths adorn many houses this time of year. They can be traditional evergreen wreaths with pine cones, winter berries and dried grasses or creative takes on the traditional.

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The amaryllis bulb has become one of the symbols of the holiday season. Amaryllis bulbs have traditionally produced large, single flowers in the red, pink or white color range. Now there are unusual colored types with double flowers, striped flowers and dwarf selections.

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The Farmer's Almanac and the National Weather Service are predicting a snowy, cold winter. This Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to get your shrubs ready.

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One gardening question I hear often is, "How do I get my orchids to bloom again?" Here is a tutorial for how to get the easiest and most widely available orchid type - the moth orchid - to do just that.

Fall is composting time and there are lots of ways to do it. Here is a Composting 101 review for new composters and those needing a refresher!

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