Lovely Lilies

Early summer is lily time. While many gardeners grow daylilies, in this blog I focus on the bulb lilies such as Oriental, Asiatic, Trumpet and Tiger lilies. These lilies really put on a show. They range from the Oriental lilies with “knock your socks off” fragrance, to the multi-colored Asiatic lilies that dazzle a garden, […]

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All About Tomatoes

It’s tomato growing season across the country. Whether you’re just starting or are getting ready for the first harvest, we’ve all got tomatoes on our minds. Growing tomatoes properly will help ensure that you get a tasty, productive harvest. It all starts with planting in full sun on fertile, well-drained soil. I like using raised […]

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Classic Tall English Flowers

Many gardeners love the lush English Cottage Gardens. On my garden tours to England we visit spectacular flower gardens highlighted by tall perennial flowers. These perennials stand out in the crowd providing height in the back of the garden and an exciting focal point. Some of my favorites are dahlias, delphiniums, lilies and hollyhocks. When […]

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Keep Vines Climbing by Charlie Nardozzi

Vining plants offer multiple uses in the landscape. They can flower and provide beauty, have attractive foliage, block unsightly views, provide privacy and give you shade. But when growing your vines you’ll need to provide the best support. Some vines can grow into monsters and need strong posts, wires, walls and structures to keep them […]

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Pruning Fruit Trees with Charlie Nardozzi

cherry on tree

Before spring really gets going, it’s time to take care of the fruit trees in your yard. Whether it be a dwarf apple or large peach, fruit trees need annual care to grow properly and produce. Spraying dormant deciduous trees with a summer horticultural oil spray when temperatures are above 40°F is a good way […]

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All About Seeds with Charlie Nardozzi

VELCRO Brand Gardening With Charlie Nardozzi

Winter is all about the potential, and seeds are a garden’s potential. I love perusing seed catalogs and seed racks this time of year looking for the new, unusual, heirloom and exotic flower, vegetable and herb seeds. But before we go buying tons of seeds to grow in our gardens this year, it’s good to […]

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Charlie Nardozzi’s Last Minute Gift Ideas for Gardeners


The holidays are a tough time to think of just the right gift for a family member or loved one. If the person on your list has a green thumb and likes to garden, that helps! There are lots of choices for the gardener, especially if they’re a DIY kind of person. With the holidays […]

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Easy Winter Tool Storage for Gardening


While gardeners in warm climates of Florida, Texas and Southern California are busy planting winter crops, many other gardeners are wrapping up the garden season. That means getting organized. But whether you’re actively gardening right now or not, organizing your tools is always a good idea. In the off season it allows you to make […]

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Introducing the VELCRO® Brand Ambassador Movement

The VELCRO® Brand Ambassador Movement

We want to introduce you to the VELCRO® Brand Ambassador Movement, also known as the VAM! The VAM is a special place where we collaborate and engage with our customers, fans, bloggers and influencers. We know there are tons of unique and unusual ways our consumers have been using VELCRO® Brand products over the years, […]

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Saving Gardening Seeds with Charlie Nardozzi

Seed Storage with the VELCRO Brand

Late summer and fall are perfect times to collect and save seeds from your flower and vegetable gardens. Collecting seeds is a good way to replant the same variety next year and save some money. While most seeds can be saved for one year and germinate and grow well, some vegetables and flowers, if stored […]

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Plant Protection with Charlie Nardozzi

No matter how healthy your soil and vigorous your plants, sometimes they need protection from pests and the weather. Whether you’re protecting tender spring or fall seedlings after transplanting from insects and animals or helping your shrub make it through a harsh winter, plant protection is one way a gardener can make a difference. Plant […]

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Flower Staking with Charlie Nardozzi

VELCRO Brand Flower Staking

By mid summer the flower garden is exploding with color. But if you’re growing tall, stalky perennials such as delphiniums, hollyhocks, and lilies, or even annuals such as gladiolus and snapdragons, to look their best they may need some support to stay upright. There’s nothing worse than your prized flowers flopping onto the ground after […]

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Indoor Gardening with Air Plants

Indoor gardening is hot. Whether you’re growing a few low maintenance houseplants in the living room, growing herbs on a window sill or microgreens under lights, more and more people are gardening right inside their home.

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