Growing in Tough Spots and Situations [audio]

Emma and Nate problem solve on gardening and landscaping in tough spots and situations, from dry shade to compacted slopes.

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All gardeners and home owners face challenging conditions and tough situations that require careful plant selection and a thoughtful approach to bring their landscaping vision to life. In this episode of Granite State Gardening, UNH Extension’s Emma Erler and Nate Bernitz share proven tips and solutions for growing in many of those locations, including dry spots, wet spots, slopes, shade, compaction, foundations, driveways and even contaminated soils. Hopefully you don’t have all of these issues, but undoubtedly your property has some.

·         Featured Plant: Sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina)


 ·         What perennial groundcover can I plant on a sunny slope that is difficult to mow?

·         What can weeds tell me about my garden soil?


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Nate Bernitz
Public Engagement Program Manager
Extension Program Mgr
Phone: 603-351-3831
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Emma Erler
Landscape and Greenhouse Field Specialist
Instructor Field Specialist
Phone: 603-641-6060
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824