A BASKET OF EASTER FLOWERS

A BASKET OF EASTER FLOWERS By Dr. Leonard Perry Extension Nursery and Greenhouse Crops Specialist University of Vermont The flower that most often comes to mind, when we think of Easter, is the Easter lily. But there are others as well, all with rather interesting origins. Did you know that the Easter lily’s true name is Bermuda lily? It is […]

Bottle Garden

BOTTLE GARDEN A bottle garden is a special type of terrarium, an arrangement of growing plants contained within a large bottle or carboy. It is desirable that such containers have one or more holes drilled in their bottoms (this can be done by a glazier) to assure drainage, but such an arrangement is not absolutely necessary. To plant the garden, […]

The Primrose Path

The other day I was at my local mega-merchandiser’s 9,000,000-square foot store looking for a prosaic yet essential staple of the indoor garden—potting soil. Fortunately for me, othe really big bags were at the rear of the cavernous indoor nursery area. Trudging towards those distant sacks, I spotted a fully loaded merchandise cart bearing scores of potted primroses in an […]

Digging the Garden Soil

The various operations carried out on the soil by the use of a space are all known as digging. The general purpose is to break up the soil to improve its physical nature, rendering it more suitable for supporting plant life. Digging is generally carried out in the autumn and winter, when a solidly compact soil can be broken up […]

Heirloom Vegetables and Tomatoes

Heirloom Vegetables and Tomatoes – An introduction In the 70’s, my father would pack all of us in the station wagon, and drive for what seemed an eternity to visit my relatives. I was pretty young, but I can remember two details quite vividly. My brother getting me to ask, “Are we there yet?” and, visiting my Grandparents. My Grandma […]

SPRING-BLOOMING MINIATURES

The old saying, “good things come in small packages,” is especially true for the spring bulb garden. Although large Dutch tulips and yellow daffodils certainly have their place in the garden, spring-blooming miniatures–called minor bulbs in the nursery trade–add pizzazz. Most are prolific bloomers, with some, like snow drops and snow crocuses, among the first to flower in the spring. […]

Disbudding Flowers and Fruit Garden Plants Design Information

DISBUDDING FOR BETTER FLOWERS AND FRUITS How to Do This Disbudding is a term used in gardening to describe the process of limiting the number of flower or growth buds on plants. The purpose may be to divert food material from a number of flower buds to one or more special buds in order to encourage the development of a […]

Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips can assist you in understanding what you need to know to be successful in your garden. The below links are How to Garden Information to help you understand the most about your garden. Identify the below garden tip category an hopefully, the gardening tip will help you. A B C D E F G H I J K […]

Plant Diseases and their control

The word disease in connection with plants is considered to refer to any disturbance in the normal life processes which results in such things as (a) abnormal growth (b) temporary or permanent check to the development or (c) premature death of part or all of the plant. Plant diseases can be divided into two sorts (i) Parasitic, where the trouble […]

Succulent plants come in many shapes and sizes

There are many varieties of succulent plants to choose for the perennial garden. These no-fuss beauties are easy to plant and require no intervention on our part. Once planted, they flourish so well, the only care they need are dividing when cramped because they grow so quickly, and then only to increase again in their newly planted location. As the […]