Growing Strawberries in a greenhouse

Growing Strawberries in a greenhouse Extra-early strawberries can be obtained quite easily by growing in pots in a heated greenhouse. Fruiting time is governed by when the pots are housed and the night temperature which can be maintained. A minimum temperature of 55°F (13°C) is desirable for ripening and, obviously, much more fuel is necessary to maintain this early in […]

Cherry Trees for the Home

Landscape Cherry Trees Two main groups of cherries are cultivated for the merit of their fruit, the `sweet’, dessert (Prunus avium) and the `sour’, culinary (Prunus cerasus); a third group, the ‘Duke’ cherries, form an intermediate class. The sweets are subdivided into the ‘black’ and ‘white’ varieties. All fruiting cherries are hardy in the British Isles, though the blossom may […]

Grape Vines – Grow and Care

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 a strong shoot to grow. […]

How to Grow, Plant, Water, Propagate, Fertilize a Chrysanthemum plant or Hardy Mum

Chrysanthemums Originating in the cooler northern regions of Eastern Asia, the chrysanthemum responded quickly to the efforts of hybridizers when the first plants were introduced to Europe in the 8th century. Their attraction lies in four main characteristics; flowers may be obtained in various forms and sizes, in virtually every color other than blue; plants grow successfully over a wide […]

How to identify your garden soil

How to identify your garden soil Countless ages ago the mighty globe upon which we live was cast from the sun; a molten mass of red-hot rock. Its surface cooled and cracked, grad­ually became rock; the rock crumbled, decayed, and finally became soil, and plants started to grow from it. Where plants can grow there is soil; therefore even on […]

Plants that like Acid Soil Garden

Plants that like Acid Soil Garden In recent years it has come to be recognized that certain species of plants, including some of the most highly prized ornamental shrubs, are favored by acids in the soil and injured or killed by alka­line materials, such as lime and manure. Universities have made a special study of this and accordingly, there has […]

6 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Winter Lawn

6 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Winter Lawn If you have decided not to overseed your warm season lawn with a cool season variety for the winter, then you should expect your lawn to become brown and dormant once the temperatures drop close to freezing. Even though lawn care will not be as extensive as it is during the […]

6 Common Fall and Winter Diseases

6 Common Fall and Winter Diseases Lawn diseases don’t always appear in the summer. There are many that prefer the cool, wet weather of fall and winter. Here is a brief background on six of the most common diseases you could face during the fall and winter and how to deal with them. Necrotic Ring Spot This disease can occur […]

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 speak­ing, 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? […]