Gardening helpline open for the season

If you’ve got a gardening question, you can call the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Helpline to get an answer. 

Ask a master gardener: Tips for growing great tomatoes

A vegetable garden is not complete without tomatoes. Local farm stands will soon be offering a wide selection of tomato transplants for your garden.

Ask a Master Gardner: Digging into the No-Dig method

Trends come and go, but in gardening, one that seems here to stay is the no-dig, also called the no-till method. How does the no-dig trend supplant thousands of years of tilling history?

Ask a master gardener: Tulip mania

Tulips are so plentiful that sometimes we take their presence for granted. They’re common flowers, but how much do you really know about them?

Ask a master gardener: How to use wood ash in the garden

Wood ashes are a surprisingly useful byproduct of winter heating.

Gardening: Make hay while the snow melts

Spring may be upon us, but winter is reluctant to let go. In the meantime, we’re all eagerly awaiting the time when we can head back to our gardens and get them into shape for the coming growing season.

Ask a master gardener: How to share the magic of gardening

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate a return to gardening than to share its magic with children? It’s not too early to start planning now.

Ask a master gardener: How to grow microgreens

What could be better than fresh greens during the dreary winter months? What if you grew and harvested them yourself?

Ask a master gardener: Making sense of seed catalogues

Looking through seed catalogs, my mind leaps ahead to the growing season. I see lush green foliage and ripe, colorful fruits and vegetables.

Climate Matters: The Knoll is a place of nourishment and wellbeing

Founded by students in 2003, the Knoll, Middlebury College’s educational garden, has become a vitally important center of climate justice, resiliency, education and community nourishment.

Ask a Master Gardener: How to propagate houseplants

There are many reasons to propagate your houseplants. Maybe you want to share with a friend. Maybe your plant has gotten too large and you’d like to replace it with one of a more manageable size. Or, sadly, it’s taken a turn for the worst, and you want to … (read more)

Ask a Master Gardener: How to grow African violets

You’ve probably seen African violets (Saintpaulia) with their neat rosettes of fuzzy leaves and clusters of purple flowers.

Ask a Master Gardener: How to grow orchids

Do you admire orchids from afar but haven’t considered growing them or gifting them to a plant lover you know?

Ask a Master Gardener: All about the perennial poinsettia

During the holidays, poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) show off in shades of red, pink and cream. They’ve been hybridized to decorate our homes during a season when the garden outdoors is fast asleep. Most people treat them as a holiday plant to be enjo … (read more)

Ask a master gardener: Gifts for the gardener

If you have a gardener (or garden lover) on your holiday gift list, you may be wondering what might make them smile during a season when the garden is buried beneath the snow.