Gordon Clark

THE VERMONT VICTORY Garden project embraces the “Grow Your Own” concept of the World War II victory garden movement. Photo courtesy of UVM Extension
In response to food insecurity issues arising from the COIVD-19 pandemic, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program is initiating the Vermont Victory Garden project, designed to help people impacted by food insecurity to meet those needs, as well as learn critical skills in a healthy environment, by growing some of their own food. In a society driven by high-speed technology and worship of the “new,” few phrases have the enduring positive impact in the American lexicon as one that seemingly stands in a different era: victory gardens. For most of us the association with...

EVEN WHEN OUTDOOR winter temperatures are chilly, it is possible to achieve high enough temperatures in the compost pile to break down food waste into compost. Photo courtesy of Gordon Clark
While you might think that cold temperatures keep a compost pile from composting, that is not the case. In my winter compost pile I regularly achieve temperatures in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit even when it’s in the low teens or single digits at night. I simply charge (or fill) it when temperatures go above freezing, which happens increasingly often as spring nears and as our winter climate changes. According to a study from Climate Central, since 1970 Northern New England winters have warmed at an average rate of more than 1 degree Fahrenheit per decade. Burlington has seen the greatest...

LOW GARDEN TUNNELS such as this one can not only get your gardens started early, but can also help you extend your season well into the fall and early winter. Photo courtesy UVM Extension
Low tunnels are the contemporary version of the “cold boxes,” made out of windows and wood frames, which older generation gardeners used to start plants early in the season. They are also every bit as good for extending your season well into the fall and early winter — even in Vermont. These tunnels provide other forms of protection for your garden throughout the year. Think of them as the home and community gardener equivalent of the high tunnels we see on many farms. The simplest low tunnel can be created with wire hoops that can be purchased at any garden supply store. Place the wire hoops...

SQUASH AND OTHER cucurbits are among the many plant species that can be affected by powdery mildew, a persistent disease that thrives in humid conditions. Photo / Scot Nelson
If you've ever lost a nice zucchini plant or a crop of cucumbers or melons to this white fungus, then you know the heartbreak of powdery mildew. It is a plant disease that looks like its name. It starts as small white circles that look like talcum powder, circles that will spread and eventually cover your plant, reducing the amount of photosynthesis and fruit production if left untreated. Powdery mildew is actually not one single fungus, but a family of closely related fungal species that affect a range of trees, flowers and vegetables, including apple, rose, ash, birch, grapes, zinnia, lilac...

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