Ask a Master Gardener: Take cuttings now for new plants next spring

Summer ends and all those lovely annuals we’ve grown so fond of will soon come to an end, too. But it doesn’t have to be.

Ask a Master Gardener: How to tend an ecologically sensitive garden

It’s a good time to step back and think about the bigger picture. A question to consider is why do we clear out our gardens before the winter? What’s the purpose?

Monkton gardeners help pollinators

“There’s something calming for me about getting my hands in the dirt,” Jenne Morton told me recently.

Ask a Master Gardener: All about marvelous milkweed

Milkweed is a critically important plant for the monarch butterfly, which is threatened with extinction.

Ask a Master Gardener: What to do about garden invasives?

Common invasive species that you might find in your garden or landscape often started out as decorative landscape plants. Plants like knotweed, goutweed, burning bush and Japanese barberry were once imported for their attractive and vigorous garden charac … (read more)

Ask a Master Gardener: All about blueberry season

While you are waiting for the plants to fruit, it is important not to make too many changes so that the shrubs can focus on berry production.

Ask a master gardener: Tips for growing tomatoes

You patiently waited until the danger of frost had passed to plant your tomatoes. And you installed a sturdy support system in anticipation of healthy, robust plants. But there are still some things you can do to ensure the harvest of your dreams.

Keep bears safe and out of your compost pile

Making your own compost is an eco-friendly and rewarding way to manage your food waste. But what can you do if your compost bin is being raided by wildlife?

Letter to the editor: Caterpillars not really so scary

The first time I met a tomato hornworm caterpillar in my garden I screamed and ran. What was that!?

Ask a master gardener: How to grow peaches in Vermont

Peaches are one of the more surprising fruits that grow in Vermont. Easy to pick and fantastically juicy, peaches are beautiful, fuzzy globes to look forward to each summer.

Ask a Master Gardener: How to garden in small spaces

You don’t need a lot of land to have a garden. It doesn’t even matter if the usable space in your yard is the size of an area rug or if you live in a second floor apartment with no yard.

Jessie Raymond: Garden gets a break this year

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a delightful spring. I feel more at ease this year, more able to enjoy the longer days and warmer weather, and less worried that I’m falling behind on my to-do list.

Ask a Master Gardener: What to plant in a shade garden

Think that a shady area can’t have a garden? Think again! Shade gardens can be fantastic places to showcase foliage color, texture and flowers, too.

Ask a master gardener: How to plant a cutting garden

A cutting garden provides a home-grown source of material for fresh flower arrangements.

How to cultivate natural dyes from your garden

Growing flowers, vegetables and berries for eating is fun and nourishing, but what about growing them to make colorful dyes?

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