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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VT Garden Journal
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Organic Weed Control

Many weeds, like this redroot pigweed, are great-tasting edibles. But for the weeds you don't want, there are organic techniques for removal.
Lee Reich AP

It's been a great growing season so far with the right amounts of sun, warmth and rain. But flowers, fruits and veggies aren't the only things growing well. Weeds can take over this time of year turning a well-planned out garden into a jungle. Weeds can fill in any veggie or flower garden quickly when given a chance, but remember they're just plants growing in the wrong place.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Summer Gardening Advice

A squash blossom begins to open in the VPR garden.
VPR

Gardeners will tell you that they wish for summer days full of warm sun, with intermittent rains to keep their gardens in perfect stead. By that measure, this summer has been close to ideal for growing veggies and flowers.  Tuesday on Vermont Edition, Charlie Nardozzi of VPR's Vermont Garden Journal dispenses his expert, free-wheeling garden advice to help you get the most from your summer garden.

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VT Garden Journal
6:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Rudbeckia

An insect lands on a black-eyed susan.
Keith Srakocic AP Photo

Rudbeckia or black-eyed susans, are such a common flower we often overlook them. These wildflowers are found naturalized along roadsides and, of course, in many home gardens. While the native version is very common and popular for discerning true love, you know she loves me, she loves me not, there are some great new varieties of rudbeckia that expand the color pallet and size of this perennial flower.

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VT Garden Journal
2:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Bird Netting

An American robin, also known as a robin redbreast, grabs a berry.
Dr. Scott M. Lieberman AP

There's nothing better than watching the summer birds soaring around my yard, except when they decide on eating my prized berries! After coddling berry plants for years, bird protection is serious business. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries and elderberries are just some of the berry crops that birds love. Here are some ideas on preventing the damage.

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VT Garden Journal
12:55 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Cauliflower

A variety of colors of cauliflower
The Cook's Garden AP Photo

This vegetable was once the rage at the court of Louis the 14th. It was made famous when Mark Twain called it a cabbage with a college education. Yes, it's the cauliflower. But before you go ho-hum over white cauliflower, let's look at how its changed. Through breeding there are purple headed varieties, such as "Graffiti," orange headed varieties, such as "Cheddar" and green headed varieties, such as "Panther." My favorite is the Romanesco cauliflower that features green heads with swirling spirals. These colorful selections contain more vitamins and nutrients than white varieties.

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VT Garden Journal
9:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Fragrant Annuals

Everlasting Sweet Pea, Lathyrus Sylvestris
Jusben Morguefile

Although my wife Wendy and I have plenty of room to grow flowers in the yard, we always plant some in containers as well, especially the fragrant ones. Planting fragrant annuals in a pot on a deck, patio or near an open window is an easy way to indulge in the sweet smells of summer. Here are three of my favorites.

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VT Garden Journal
4:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Japanese Beetle Grubs

Japanese beetles
University of Illinois' Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, Ron Hines AP

I'm not going to get cute with this topic. There's nothing sweet about Japanese beetle grubs. We recognize grub damage as bare patches in the lawn. Of course, those grubs will turn into adult Japanese beetles in summer and devastate roses, grapes, and many other common garden plants.

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VT Garden Journal
3:32 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Clematis

A clematis flower.
Matt Rourke AP

This buttercup family plant literally means ”vine” in Greek, but there's not a more international flower. Clematis are native to North America, Europe, India, Australia, China and Japan. There are clematis that bloom in full sun to shade. Some are rampant climbers, while others are more tame. And with careful selection you can have a clematis blooming in your garden from spring until fall.

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VT Garden Journal
3:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Apple Pests

This red spherical trap contains mostly apple maggots in various stages of development.
David Jennings AP

Apples are the quintessential Vermont tree fruit because they grow so well in our climate. Unfortunately, even after watering, fertilizing, protecting and generally pampering your trees, sometimes for years to get fruit, you only end up with misshapen, small fruits with black spots on the skin. While apples grow well here, so do their pests.

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VT Garden Journal
10:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Lillies

Asiatic lilies
Eric Zamora AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS

It's the symbol of nobility, fertility, virtue and purity. Some believe these flowers will even ward off ghosts and evil spirits. What common perennial is it? It's the lily.

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