Vermont Garden Journal

Vermont Garden Journal

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The Vermont Garden Journal is hosted by horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi and focuses 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.More from Vermont Garden Journal »

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Vermont Garden Journal: All About Zinnias

Zinnias haven't always been the darling of the garden. When they were first discovered in its native Mexico by the Spanish, they were thought so unattractive they was called "mal de ojos," or sickness of the eyes. However, through years of breeding, zinnias have been transformed into one of our favorite garden flowers.

Vermont Garden Journal: Tips For Saving Seeds

Saving seeds isn't for every gardener but there are great reasons to do it. It saves you money, preserves unusual heirloom varieties and helps you develop varieties adapted to your yard. With concerns about plant extinction and rare home varieties becoming unavailable, the best way to ensure you have the varieties you want is to save your own seed.

Vermont Garden Journal: Dealing With Summer Drought

This summer, some areas of our region have only received 50 to 75 percent of their normal rainfall. The lack of rain combined with hot, sunny days has had an impact on the garden.

Vermont Garden Journal: Hydrangea Varieties

There are more than 600 varieties of hydrangea around the world and while the blue hydrangea gets the most press, there are newer types that don't get as much attention.

Vermont Garden Journal: Clethra

I like a shrub with a description that says it tolerates shade, clay soil, wet soil and erosion and still blooms. This shrub is called the pepperbush or summersweet. Its botanical name means "alder" in Greek since the leaves resemble those of the alder tree. We call it clethra.

Vermont Garden Journal: Preventing Squash Vine Borer Infestations

We've all lost beautiful summer squash, pumpkin or winter squash plants to the Squash Vine Borer. This destructive moth lays eggs in July at the base of these plants and the larvae burrows into the stem causing it to wilt.

Vermont Garden Journal: Three Tips For Watering

The variability of summer weather means you have to stay on your toes to make sure your garden gets enough water. Here are three tips for keeping your flowers and vegetables hydrated this summer:

Vermont Garden Journal: Dealing With Perennial Weeds

While annual weeds such as chickweed and pigweed have many control options, including eating them, keeping perennial weeds out of your garden is trickier. Perennial weeds are tough because they can form new plants along their roots, so even if you pull out most of the plant, what's left behind in the soil will eventually send up a new shoot.

Vermont Garden Journal: How To Grow Morning Glories

Morning glories are often grown as decoration and sometimes a food crop. It is related to other common garden plants such as sweet potatoes and moon flowers.

Vermont Garden Journal: Viburnum

One native shrub that often gets overlooked is viburnum. There are more than 150 species of viburnums, ranging in size from a compact 3-foot shrub to a small tree. Most shrubs grow to be around 6- to 12-feet tall, making them great hedges and foundation plants.

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