In The Garden



Gardening is an art form all its own. I contend that gardening is not just miniature farming or farming-lite but rather something entirely different than farming with different objectives and methods. As a gardener my objective is twofold; one is to have a continuous harvest of fresh veggies during the growing season and two is to grow a crop to harvest for storage to keep us in veggies over the winter months. To accomplish this I use a simple method, a recipe of garden basics. The garden basics are: Permanent Bed, Permanent Pathways, Perfect Soil, Grid Planting, and using a Trellis as much as possible. With these simple technics I use to grow more in lot less space and with lot less work than the old methods of gardening. By using this simple formula, you can sell your roto-tiller and tractor, you will never need them again for gardening.


  • Watering Your Garden: How Much Water Do You Need?

    09/06/2021 Duration: 55min

    With the hot summer weather moving in, now is a good time to review proper watering amounts and techniques. Peter gives you the amount of water to give your garden when we get dry spells with little rain like we have now and how to make your watering most effective for your plants.

  • “Keepers” for Your Root Cellar

    31/05/2021 Duration: 01h57s

    How can you keep fresh vegetables on your dinner table through the freezing Vermont winters? Peter goes over which produce you can store longer in a cold cellar, what you can can, ferment, or pickle, and some more shelf stable recipes like pesto and salsa to take advantage of your upcoming vegetable harvest and make some delicious food even in the middle of winter.

  • More Useful Tips on Composting

    24/05/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Peter picks up where we left off last week discussing composting in Vermont and how you can apply composting best practices to your garden to help it grow without the need for spending money on the best fertilizers or soil.

  • Composting Ins and Outs: Your Questions Answered

    18/05/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Composting used to be a practice only performed by gardeners. But with the new state laws on composting and landfills, just about all Vermonters are composting in 2021. Peter answers your compost questions, from bins to ratios and more.

  • Lots to Do in the Garden

    10/05/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    We're getting into the peak of planting season. Peter gives his list of seeds to be starting right now and it's quite long. It is perfect weather for things like salad greens, carrots, peas, onions, and much more.

  • Potato Early Season Prep

    03/05/2021 Duration: 58min

    Peter just got his box of potatoes and he's excited to get them in the ground. Peter goes over how to get them ready and the care potatoes need in the early season.

  • 2021 Growing Season Premiere

    19/04/2021 Duration: 56min

    Welcome to the next season of In the Garden! We're very excited to get growing and enjoy the summer weather. To get us started, Peter covers what you can start working on now and what to plant in the next few weeks.

  • How to Wrap Up Your Gardening Season

    14/09/2020 Duration: 01h25min

    We may be getting into September, but there's still so much to do in the garden. Peter goes over what you should be harvesting right now, what will continue to grow once it gets cold, and how to put the garden to bed at the end of the year. This concludes the 2020 season of In the Garden. Thanks to everyone who listened and called in with questions. We'll see you all next spring!

  • What You Can Do in Your Garden in September

    08/09/2020 Duration: 57min

    We're getting down to the end of the season for "In the Garden," but that doesn't mean that it's time to stop gardening for the year. Peter goes over what you can plant outside in the late season before the heavy frosts set in.

  • Recipes for Your Garden Produce

    31/08/2020 Duration: 01h18min

    Peter and Joel talk about their favorite recipes for their fresh produce out of the garden. They also take some listener calls to share their favorites. Got a recipe to share? Contact WDEV on Facebook or email

  • Using Your Garden Harvest

    24/08/2020 Duration: 59min

    We start the show with many listener questions about protecting from pests, this summer must have been good for the bugs and rodents because it seems like everyone's garden has some pests trying to steal their produce. Peter also gives some ideas on what you can do once you harvest your produce, from pesto to tomato sauce to canning. Make sure you get your supplies ready beforehand.

  • Now is the Time to Buy Garlic

    17/08/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    Peter explains why right now is the best time of year to buy your garlic starts and when to plant your starts in time for winter. And as always we take your calls and questions about garlic or anything else garden related.

  • Taking Your Questions

    10/08/2020 Duration: 01h12min

    Peter and Joel take listener calls and answer your questions on everything from pests to storage and more.

  • Ongoing Harvests

    03/08/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    Peter and Joel talk about what they've been eating out of their gardens, like tomatoes and pole beans. They also take listener calls and answer your questions.

  • Dealing with Larger Pests

    20/07/2020 Duration: 57min

    We've talked in the past about how to deal with bugs, but Peter and many of our listeners are having their produce devoured by small animals like chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. We talk about the best ways to keep them away and Peter answers your questions.

  • Taking Listener Questions

    13/07/2020 Duration: 01h55s

    Peter jumps right into it this week answering your questions. Take a listen, you might find someone with the same garden question you might have.

  • Leek Moth and Japanese Beetle

    29/06/2020 Duration: 01h06s

    The Leek Moth has been a big problem for parts of New England and New York. Now there are the beginnings of reports that it has It likes to feast on  members of the Allium family including onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. Peter gives his recommendations on how to protect your plants. And he also goes over how to protect from Japanese beetle, a common pest in Vermont.

  • Shiitake Mushrooms

    22/06/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    Peter invites his neighbors and mushroom growers, Sarah and Steve Gallagher, to call in and talk about how they grow mushrooms and how they have found success, particularly with Shiitakes.

  • Hilling Your Potatoes

    15/06/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    Hilling potatoes involves covering the plant with loose organic material periodically to encourage the tubers to grow deep and wide, improving the flavor of the potatoes. Peter talks about how to hill potatoes when you're growing them in a garden bed. Unlike in many other places, in a bed there isn't a lot of room and dirt around the plant to hill with. So instead, you can scoop up the soil you can around the plant and then add a mixture of germination mix and compost for additional material.

  • Remember the Basics

    08/06/2020 Duration: 53min

    With outdoor garden season basically in full swing and a lot of new gardeners experimenting now that grocery store visits seem a bit risky, it's important to review the basics and refresh even the most seasoned gardeners. One of the biggest keys to garden success aside from permanent beds are the permanent pathways. They'll save you a lot of time and energy later weeding out grass and other weeds from your beds.

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