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Design your own garden

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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August is a quiet month in the life of a gardener — a wonderful time to relax and enjoy our creations.  Spring weeding and planting activities are far behind us and fall clean-up chores are still weeks away. 

And, since you can readily see what aspects of the garden you like or don’t like, August is also the perfect time to mull on changes you might want to make sometime in the future and even experiment with your design ideas on paper.

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Native plants: Two books outline what to grow and how to grow it

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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DID YOU KNOW? Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is acquiring all three books mentioned in this article on why and how to use native plants in our gardens.

 

We often hear of the importance of using native plants in our gardens.

First and foremost, native plants are extremely beneficial for the wider environment. In addition, since they are adapted to our climate, they should be easy to grow. And finally they help us create gardens with that elusive feeling of “belonging” in the wider landscape.

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Garden trends in 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Leonard Perry



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Each year, the Garden Media Group (gardenmediagroup.com) — a marketing firm for the home and garden industry — identifies key gardening trends for the coming season. For 2018 they’ve pegged seven of these, based around the overall theme of nature’s prescription for mental wellness. 

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Sleeping Beauty: The winter garden

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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By now winter has settled in across the north-country and a light snow covers my Goshen garden. I know it will be six more months before the snowdrops and daffodils pop up to announce the arrival of spring.

During the warmer months of the year our gardens, brimming with colorful flowers and abundant vegetables, are surely beautiful. And of course, from spring until fall, a host of different gardening activities beckon us outside — there are seeds to plant, weeds to pull, vegetables to harvest and so much more.

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Six garden chores to do before winter

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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This year our first killing frost hit most of Vermont in mid-October. We awoke one morning to find a frosty lawn while, overnight, the leaves on tender plants like tomatoes and impatiens had turned a nasty black color. The growing season was drawing to a close.

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Community garden grows food, flowers, friendships

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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The Middlebury Area Community Garden is hidden away in a sunny corner at the northern end of the grounds at Porter Medical Center (near the employee parking and not far from the new dog park).

Here you will find 16 individual garden plots filled with ripening vegetables and bountiful flowers. Each plot measures 20-feet long by 4-feet wide, and is separated from its neighbor by a neat 2-foot wide straw covered path.

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Garden strategies for preventing fruit fly infestations of soft fruit

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By ANN HAZELRIGG Plant Pathologist University of Vermont Extension



VERMONT — The University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Helpline has received several calls recently from Vermont gardeners complaining about their blueberries getting soft right after picking. This is likely a result of an infestation by a pest called the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).

This small fruit fly first showed up in the state in 2011 just after Hurricane Irene and has caused problems in all soft fruits, especially those that ripen late in the season such as blueberries, fall raspberries and grapes.

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Winning the battle of the weeds

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Surely weeds are some of nature’s greatest opportunists.

They appear spontaneously in places where other plants would not stand a chance, such as in disturbed soil or along the dry salty edges of Vermont’s beloved dirt roads.

And in our gardens? Within weeks of making our beds all tidy and seemingly weed-free, new weeds just pop up uninvited!

How does this happen?

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Pollinator meadows produce low-maintenance beauty

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Have you heard the buzz about helping pollinators with native plants? Planting a meadow of native plants for pollinators is a rewarding way to enhance your local ecosystem with a low-maintenance landscape feature. In the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, we have planted pollinator meadows at two of the ranger stations, Rochester, Vt., and Hector, N.Y., as part of our Native Plants Program. Below, we share our tips so you can plant one too.

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Cady's Falls garden is a Vermont gem

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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A Vermont garden gem

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early June when Dick and I set off to visit some of our favorite haunts. After crossing the Green Mountains at the Brandon Gap we began our afternoon in fine style, enjoying a delightful lunch at Sandy’s Cafe and Books in Rochester.

Then we took Route 100 north through the beautiful Gulf of Granville, past Waterbury and into Stowe, where we followed the Stagecoach Road to its end and, after two successive quick left turns, reached our final destination.

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