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: 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.

Vermont Garden Journal: Attracting Pollinators To Your Garden

Pollinators like honey bees and Monarch butterflies play an important role in our food system and ecosystem. It's a good idea to find ways to attract pollinators to your garden. Here are some tips that will bring more bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden this summer:Choose pollinator friendly plantsWildflowers and heirloom varieties of popular flowers are great choices. Some modern hybrid flowers may be attractive and have good characteristics but they aren't the best for pollinators.Plant a variety of early, mid and late season perennial flowersAlso mix in trees, shrubs and annuals to provide a supply of nectar and pollen. Remember butterfly larvae will need their own special plants such as borage, fennel, milkweed and nettle.Let some plants go to flowerTry letting your fennel, cilantro, and dill go to flower each year for native pollinators in our garden. Native shrubs and trees such as willow, linden, and lilac are great additions as well. You'll also need to

Vermont Garden Journal: Dealing With Summer Beetles

In Vermont, people wait months for warm weather and so do the bugs. These insects might an annoyance to humans, but they can damage plants in the garden if you don't get rid of them. Here are two bugs to watch for in the garden.

Vermont Garden Journal: Ninebark

Some common names of plants can be a bit of an exaggeration, like sneeze weed and monkey puzzle tree. Ninebark, a common shrub in our area, falls into this same category.

Vermont Garden Journal: How To Keep Your Tomatoes Off The Ground

No matter what kind of tomatoes you're growing, it's important to keep them off the ground or else you risk fruit rot and leaf diseases. Here are four ways to keep plants up and off the ground:StakingIf you're staking indeterminate varieties, pinch off the suckers when small so the plant doesn't overwhelm the stake. Also, use Velcro plant ties to attach them to the stake.CagingBuy or make 5 to 6 foot tall cages that can support heavy tomato growth. Save the little cages for peppers and eggplants. You can even combine the stake with a cage for extra support which can be very helpful during summer thunderstorms.Stake and Weave This system is popular with commercial growers especially for determinate varieties such as Celerity. Pound in stakes after every two plants. Starting from one end, weave the string in an "s" shape back and forth around the tomatoes, then around the stakes. Continue down the row and as needed create a weave every foot up the stake as the tomatoes grow.Trellis and

Vermont Garden Journal: Four O'Clocks

The Four O'Clock is a bit of an odd flower: Its different colored blossoms open in the late afternoon and close in the morning.

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