Plant food requirements for your garden

Plant food requirements for your garden. The three essential elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash) together with the “agents” are secured by plants from the soil, and these are termed collectively “plant foods.” Manures. Manures may be included under this heading, and, strictly speakĀ­ing, they furnish a measure of plant foods to the plants. However, their chief value lies in the […]

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Grass Seed Blend

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Grass Seed Blend Before you grab the cheapest grass seed blend off the shelf to use in establishing your new lawn, take a look at the seed label and ask yourself a few questions. Doing so may save you from actually spending more for a poorer quality lawn! What is the purity percentage? […]

How to maintain a lawn – Lawn care

Lawn Maintenance Established lawns need regular care if they are to remain beautiful. This care includes such things as plant feeding, reseeding, and proper mowing and watering. In northern sections, fall offers an ideal season for renovating established lawns since it enables gardeners to combine an effective weed control program with lawn care. When feeding lawns in spring, after growth […]

Fertilizing a Plant

The Why, Where and When of Plant Feeding In the cave-man days men were not handsome nor smart, but if you set one out in the wilderness, he would fashion a club and get along. “Men were men!” you say? Maybe, but, more important and to the point, game and food were abundant. It’s the same with plants. ‘Way back […]

Africa Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Africa Plant Hardiness Zone Map Africa plant hardiness zones for gardeners. This map is based on the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, and the map covers Africa which ranges from Zone 2a to Zone 10b. If you live outside North America You can roughly translate the USDA hardiness zones by finding out how low your area’s temperatures can reach, and then […]

Growing Grapes – Care of Grape Vines

Growing Grapes – Care of Grape Vines Grapes can be grown quite successfully out of doors in the southern part of the country, preferably given the protection of a warm wall. Plant between October and February in a rich, deep soil. Plant firmly and immediately after planting, prune the young plant to within 30cm (12in) from its base to encourage […]

Garden Guides on Bulbs

Fall planted bulbs for Spring Beauty Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Crocuses … the bulbs of spring … are plants in miniature, having within them the flowers, leaves, etc.. waiting only for warmth and moisture to start rapid growth toward a complete blooming plant. WHERE TO PLANT BULBS: Bulbous flowers can be used in. many places in the garden on the lawn, […]

Currants, Black & Red Currants – Ribes

Black Currants & Red Currants – Ribes Currants Of the three kinds of currants, black currants derived from Ribes nigrum are grown. more commonly than red currants (derived from the intercrossing of three Ribes species) or white currants (derived from red currants). All three are self-fertile, fruit prolifically and take up only a relatively small area. Red and white currants […]

What is a garden bulb, corm and tuber

Bulbs, corms and tubers are the specially modified resting stages of certain plants which enable them to live, dormant (e.g. not actively growing), through some adverse climatic condition (usually drought). They all contain a store of concentrated food, and dormant buds, some of which in the bulbs and corms may have embryo flowers already formed inside them, so that when […]

How to Prun Pear Trees – History and How to Grow

Pears The pear grown in Britain is the European Pear which derives from Pyrus communis, native of the temperate parts of Europe and the western part of southern Asia as far as the Himalayas. In America some varieties are grown which are hybrids between the European Pear (as represented by ‘William’s Bon Chrdtien’, known in America as ‘Bartlett’) and Pyrus […]