In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show Mike chats with vegetable gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi on some of the advanced vegetable gardening topics that many of you have been emailing questions about.

Getting a vegetable gardening started is probably the biggest hurdle that we see when it comes to vegetable gardening.  "I want to start a vegetable garden, I just don't don't know how."

Just as big as hurdle are those vegetable gardeners out there who have been growing a vegetable garden for quite sometime and are ready to take their vegetable garden game to the next level.

In comes, vegetable garden guru Charlie Nardozzi to fill in those blanks.  Charlie is going to give us some great tips to expand our vegetable gardens for very little cost.  He'll touch on why you should be mulching in your vegetable garden, and how you can get mulch for practically nothing.

From there, Charlie will cover a wide range of vegetable gardening topics such as soil structure, cover crops and how to plant your vegetable crops in such a way to increase your yields.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Gardening Show!


Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

What are the top 2 or 3 things gardeners should consider before they start to expand the size of their gardens?
Can you explain what is crop rotation and why it is important to home gardeners?
Can you explain what is succession planting and why gardeners should be engaging in it?
How often should we be fertilizing our gardens, and what should we be using? Is there a “one size fits all” fertilizer out there for your garden?
What is a cover crop, should we be using it and when does it get planted?
What are some non traditional ways of preventing weeds that have worked for? (non traditional, meaning no pulling)
Where does mulching come in to play for our vegetable gardens?
What kind should we be using? How much should we be using?
Which crops would you recommend to home gardeners to grow that would allow them to get the most “bang” for their time, efforts and money?


Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Gardening with Charlie


About this episode's guest, Charlie Nardozzi

Charlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone.

Charlie’s energy, exuberance, and love of the natural world makes him an exciting public speaker and presenter. He has spoken at national venues such as the Northwest Flower Show, Philadelphia Flower Show, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, Master Gardener conferences in locations such as Arizona and Michigan, trade shows in Idaho and St.Louis, and garden club meetings from Maine to Florida.

Charlie hosts 3 radio shows in New England. He hosts a weekly, call-in radio show on WJOY-1230AM in Burlington, Vermont and the award winning Vermont Garden Journal on Vermont Public Radio throughout northern New England, New York and Quebec, and the Connecticut Garden Journal on Connecticut Public Radio throughout Connecticut and into Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also a frequent guest on shows such as Garden American Syndicated Show in San Diego and Vegetable Gardening Podcast with Mike Podlesny.

Charlie is also known for his writing. He has written for national magazines such as Organic Gardening and contributed to many of the “Gardening for Dummies” titles, authoring Urban Gardening for Dummies in 2013 and Vegetable Gardening For Dummies. His latest book all about edible landscaping is called Foodscaping (CSP Press, 2015). He also contributed to other book project such as Vegetables from an Italian Garden (Phaidon Press, 2011). His regional books are Northeast Fruit and Vegetable Gardening released in 2012, New England Getting Started Garden Guide released in 2014 and New England Month by Month Gardening, released in 2016.

Charlie’s skills as a garden communicator extend beyond the printed page and radio. Charlie co-hosts “In The Garden” tips on the local CBS affiliate television station (WCAX-Channel 3). He’s the former host of PBS’s Garden Smart, reaching more than 60 million households. He has also been a gardening expert on many national syndicated television and radio shows such as HGTV’s “Today at Home” and Discovery Channel’s  “Home Matters”. He also is the Edibles Editor for GoodGardeningVideos.org highlighting the best gardening how-to videos in the internet.

Charlie also leads Garden and Food Tours in Europe and England to locations such as Sicily and Tuscany, Italy, Provence, France, Chelsea Flower Show in England, and Barcelona, Spain. And Garden Bus Tours around New England

He was the senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association (NGA). He wrote and edited articles for their magazine and on-line newsletters,  conducted media interviews about gardening, and provided horticultural consultation to NGA programs.


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Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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