Climate Control for Healthier Plants

Greenhouse Growing Tips Ventilation Use a ventilation system to automatically protect your greenhouse plants from withering heat build-up. No need to daily open and close vents, trying to out-guess the weatherman! Let a thermostatically controlled system do all the work. The thermostat turns the system on at the temperature you select. The fan expels hot air and fresh, cool air […]

Butterfly/ Hummingbird – Garden Plan

Garden, Butterfly / Hummingbird – Garden Plan Create your own wild life habitat. Three each: Mixed Monarda, Keys of Heaven, Red Penstemon, White Dragonflower and Wild Romance Aster; one Black Knight Butterfly Bush. Planting instructions included.     This collection includes: A BlackKnight Butterfly Bush (1), Graceful trusses smothered with dark purple flowers attract flocks of butterflies. B Red Penstemon (3), Crimson tubular […]

Starting Seeds Indoors

Seed starting indoors is exciting and infectious, and you’ll soon find that your windowsills are crammed with little pots of seedlings and you have an overwhelming desire to study greenhouse designs. But a greenhouse is not necessary for a satisfactory experience in gardening, as long as you follow some practical considerations such as light and temperature requirements and space. A […]

Tips for Cleaning Your Greenhouse

Weekly, remove dead plant material from plants and soil. Watch for slugs and other pests on plants, in pots, under trays, in corners and beneath benches. Sterilize pots and flats with Physan 20 (#7620) before reusing them. At least once a year, take all your plants out of your greenhouse and thoroughly clean the greenhouse, benches, shelves and walkways. Spray […]

Garden, Ring-a-Round the Tree Plan

  A lone tree begs to be underplanted. You can be a lot more creative than simply surrounding it with Ivy, Pachysandra or Vinca. Here, Caladiums are the scene-stealers. (Actually, we prefer their common name, “Rainbow Plants,” because no two leaves are ever identical. They add lively color to shaded areas.) Astilbes heighten the red and pink color emphasis. Hostas […]

Tomato Butter – Heirloom Tomato

  Ingredients: 10 pounds of ripe tomatoes, skinned 4 pounds granulated sugar 3 pounds sour apples, sliced fine 1 quart of vinegar 1/4 ounce mace 1/2 ounce ginger 1/4 ounce whole cloves 1 ounce stick of cinnamon Preparation: Put spice in a thin bag; put all the ingredients together, and boil until quite thick, stirring frequently to keep from burning. […]

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle Plan

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle An elegant touch for any landscape is a lamppost surrounded by beautiful perennials. You don’t even need a lamppost to create this floral display. You can substitute a signpost, small tree, trelllis or a metal or wooden post with a decorative top. (Consider, for example, a post topped by a charming weather vane.) To create an easy-care […]

Garden Plan, Versatile Corner

into a beautiful perennial display with the colorful plants selected for this Versatile Corner Garden. While the diagram is designed to fit in an 8′ x 8′ area, the 14 plants can be arranged on a corner or a home or in dozens of different ways in any shaped area of approximately 64 sq. ft. and still benefit from the […]

How to build a Fence

Building a fence? Two things are very important in the garden. They are privacy and shelter. The latter is often a problem in gardens which are exposed to cold prevailing winds. Both these points are important not only for the gardener himself, but also for the plants in his garden. Young growth can be severely damaged by cold winds and […]

Gooseberry – Growing and Harvesting

Gooseberries The gooseberry, Ribes grossularia, is native to Britain where it has been cultivated since the thirteenth century at least. Being self-fertile and productive, it is ideal for the small garden. Gooseberries excel in the cooler areas of the Midlands and North. They are tolerant of most soils but not of water logging. Growth may be weak on poor gravel […]