In the Garden

The Most Important Garden Tool

CABOT – Last February, I wrote about “showing love” to your garden tools: keeping them clean, sharp, oiled, painted and always stored under cover. This February, I want to talk about the care of your most important tool: you! Gardening is fun and rewarding. It’s also physically demanding. In the[Read More…]

Check Trees for Signs of ALB

by Ginger Nickerson, Extension Forest Pest Education Coordinator, University of Vermont BURLINGTON – When working in their sugarbush this winter, maple producers are encouraged to be on the lookout for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This wood-boring insect, native to southeast Asia, will kill many hardwood trees. However,[Read More…]

Growing and Eating Cardoon

by Henry Homeyer CORNISH FLAT, N.H. – Most years I start some onion seeds and perhaps a few artichokes indoors in February; this year I will also start some cardoon seeds at the same time. Cardoon, which is a lovely looking plant related to artichokes, is a delicious vegetable, too.[Read More…]

Growing Perennials from Seed

by Amy Simone, Extension Master Gardener, University of Vermont   SOUTH BURLINGTON – Many gardeners start vegetables, annual flowers and herbs from seeds, either indoors or directly in the garden. However, have you ever considered growing your own perennials from seed?    Perennial plants are defined as plants that live for[Read More…]

Gardening with Kids

by Henry Homeyer CORNISH FLAT, N.H. – If you’re a gardener, chances are that you had a parent or grandparent that introduced you to the joys of gardening. I was introduced to gardening by my maternal grandfather, John Lenat, of Spencer, Mass. He was an organic gardener and a wise[Read More…]

Getting a Head Start on the Growing Season

by Amy Simone, Extension Master Gardener, University of Vermont  SOUTH BURLINGTON – The holidays are over, and we find ourselves in the cold, dark days of mid-winter. As a gardener, you may feel that the planting season is so far away. Don’t worry as you can start many plants indoors by[Read More…]

Garden Helpline open this Winter

by Debra Heleba, Extension Community Horticulture Program director, University of Vermont BURLINGTON – As we begin a new year, many Vermonters may have lingering questions about their garden’s performance this past year or new questions as they plan to start or improve a garden in 2024. The University of Vermont[Read More…]

Remembering Tasha Tudor (1915-2008)

by Henry Homeyer CORNISH FLAT, N.H. – Tasha Tudor, one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators and writers and a great gardener, died peacefully at home on June 18, 2008, at the age of 92. She sold her first book, “Pumpkin Moonshine,” in 1938 by going to New York and[Read More…]