All Things Gardening Each week, Charlie Nardozzi joins Vermont Public's Mary Engisch for a conversation about gardening, and to answer your questions about what you're seeing in the natural world.
All Things Gardening

All Things Gardening

From Vermont Public

Each week, Charlie Nardozzi joins Vermont Public's Mary Engisch for a conversation about gardening, and to answer your questions about what you're seeing in the natural world.

Most Recent Episodes

Taming invasives, pruning lilac and tackling disease — Charlie Nardozzi answers gardeners' questions

Late spring's warmer temperatures, frequent sun and soaking rains provide the perfect growing conditions for home gardens. Charlie Nardozzi answers lots of gardeners' questions about their plants, trees, weeds and no-dig methods.

Taming invasives, pruning lilac and tackling disease — Charlie Nardozzi answers gardeners' questions

More than folklore: Placing certain plants and flowers together can reduce pests and weeds

Home gardeners have been placing certain flowers and vegetable plants together for decades. (I see you, marigolds near tomatoes!) Now, scientific research shows companion planting can be beneficial.

More than folklore: Placing certain plants and flowers together can reduce pests and weeds

Tall or small, grow cheery gladiolus and learn how to overwinter the bulbs

"Glads" are tall, showy perennials and are part of the iris family. Their tall stems flower with multiple blooms along the stalk and come in many colors and heights.

Tall or small, grow cheery gladiolus and learn how to overwinter the bulbs

With beer, wool and seashells, you can deter slugs from taking over your garden

Wetter weather suits some garden critters, like slugs and snails. Slugs, especially, will eat your basil, lettuce, marigolds and more. Certain pesticide-free techniques can save your garden from becoming a slugfest this summer.

With beer, wool and seashells, you can deter slugs from taking over your garden

Go vertical to save space when growing summer squash this season

Some garden plants grow quite large and take up lots of space, like cucumbers and pumpkins. But summer squash — like zucchini and yellow crookneck — can be grown vertically if you have limited real estate in your garden.

Plant some flowering shrubs close to your house so you can enjoy their color and fragrance for years

Their heady fragrance can transport you; plant tall or smaller flowering shrubs for color and scent all season.

Plant some flowering shrubs close to your house so you can enjoy their color and fragrance for years

Mow or no? Some lawncare tips to benefit pollinators

The trend of "No Mow May" follows the logic that leaving your whole lawn unmowed for the month can help pollinators. The birds, bugs and bees will use the overgrown weeds and flowers as food and shelter. Instead of doing this for a month then mowing it all down, consider dedicating a small portion of your yard to pollinators for the whole season.

Honoring Earth Day through everyday gardening habits

This Earth Day, embrace some more Earth friendly gardening practices, like reusing plastic pots, forgoing pesticides and planting pollinator friendly lawns.

As climate change brings more frequent rain events, these plants fare well in wetter areas

With bigger and more frequent rain events brought on by human-caused climate change, you can either raise up your garden or try planting things that thrive in wetter conditions.

As climate change brings more frequent rain events, these plants fare well in wetter areas

For a new twist on spring greens, cultivate rapini and sorrel

Spring greens can add brightness and flavor to your meals. Forage for some wintercress or dandelions or cultivate new types, like rapini and upland cress.