Each year we plant a large vegetable garden
that is maintained throughout the growing
season. It is an on-going experiment and
one year's garden rarely looks like the
next. It is an 80 x 30 area enclosed with
rabbit fence. The fence just keeps the dogs
from running through, all other animals
can get in just fine!
The garden always includes tomatoes, lettuce,
spinach, snow peas, corn, carrots, peppers,
beans, pumpkins, potatoes, radishes, and
onions. Some years we have also grown beets,
kohlrabi, watermelons, cucumbers, broccoli
and cauliflower. There are permanent wide
rows of gold raspberries, strawberries,
rhubarb, and herbs. A 20+ year old asparagus
bed is outside the garden at the edge of
the orchard. There is a bed of gold
raspberries from a friend who salvaged them from
behind an apartment building in Madison.
They always produce fruit twice a season,
once with the rest of the raspberries in
the spring, and again in mid-August through
September. The fields are full of red and
black raspberries, so we don't bother to
maintain any formal plantings of them.
The vegetable garden is laid out in "wide
rows" approximately 2.5'x6'. The aisles
are permanently mulched with recycled carpet,
which we scavenge from carpet store dumpsters
(with permission), from trash piles at the
side of the road, and from a neighbor who
is a carpet installer. It easily cuts to
size with a utility knife, and most carpet
is the same tan burlap texture on the back,
so blends fine with the landscape. Most
carpet lasts several years before deteriorating,
at which point we haul it off to the "transfer
station" (i.e. dump).
Make planting and re-potting a pleasure with this easy-to-build
Best Bets for Eggplant
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Best Bets for Shrubs
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Well if you live in a colder part of the U.S., winter can often be the longest season in your garden. So, if your landscape design doesn't include hardy plants for winter, it is going to be a long wait until spring. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom introduces us to some winter berries that will add color to your garden.
Best Bets for Peppers
Jack Algiers from the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture shows us his best bets for growing peppers in New England.
Best Bets for Hydrangeas
There are not many of us who don't appreciate hydrangeas in the garden -- gardening correspondent Paul Epsom introduces us to some of his favorites.
Best Bets for Dark Foliage
Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom shows us his best bets for new varieties for dark foliage in your backyard.
Best Bets for Fall Flowers
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Best Bets for Artichokes
Jack Algiers at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture describes how to grow healthy and hearty artichokes.
Best Bets for Roses
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Best Bets for Evergreens
Evergreens are one of those vital ingredients to any good landscape -- strong green color all year around. But gardening correspondent Paul Epsom tells us that is only part of the story. In his ideal garden, evergeens are joined by ever blues, ever yellows and even ever reds.
Best Bets for Golden Foliage
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Paul Epsom of PBS's The Victory Garden gives tips on beautifying your front entrance.
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Paul Epsom of PBS's The Victory Garden gives tips on low maintenance ground covers for dry shade.
The Victory Garden's Paul Epsom gives tips on Asiatic lilies.
The Victory Garden's Paul Epsom answers a viewer question about watering willows.
The Victory Garden gives advice on how best to water your plants.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley has the tendency to spread. The Victory Garden gives you tips on how to contain them and what other plants they work with.
Garden correspondent Paul Epsom answers a viewer's question about hypertufa (faux stone) containers.
Host Jamie Durie answers a viewer's question about the use of botanical names in Latin.
Host Jamie Durie answers a viewer's question about what his own garden looks like at home.
Garden correspondent Paul Epsom, an Englishman himself, discusses why he believes people are so keen on gardening in the UK.
Enhancing a Deck
Host Jamie Durie explains how an outdoor room can enhance life at home.
Hydrangeas and Color
Garden correspondent Paul Epsom gives terrific tips on keeping your hydrangeas a beautiful blue.
Host Jamie Durie answers a viewer's question about gardening television.
Sweet Potato Vine
Viewer question answered! Paul Epsom on tubers and sweet potato vines.
"Stone Guys" Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns give practical tips on building stone walls.
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Lessons from the Getty
The beautiful modern garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is an influential landmark in design. Host Jamie Durie and producer Hilary Finkel Buxton discuss shooting the show at the Getty, and what lessons it provides for the home gardener.
Viewer question answered! It's still cold outside in many parts of the country. What's the best way to bring the outdoors in during cooler weather to get a jump on spring?
Victory Garden: Simply the Best Tomatoes
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Victory Garden: Double Digging
Host Michael Weishan and gardener Kip Anderson demonstrate the cultivation technique of "double digging" - a tried and true way of creating a healthy garden bed for plants and vegetables.
Victory Garden: Lichen
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