Growing Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas A most popular annual, the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is not difficult to grow, though the richer the soil the better the results. Given good cultivation it will produce stems 2 ft. long bearing four, five or more florets. Elegant, graceful and fragrant, with the exception of yellow, it will provide every color of the spectrum and dozens […]

Growing Figs trees in a greenhouse

Where as figs in the open will only ripen one crop of fruit a year, those in a heated greenhouse can ripen two. With sufficient heat it is even possible to secure three crops a year, but this is a heavy drain on the strength of the tree and expensive in fuel consumption as it is necessary to start growth […]

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, […]

How to Grow Raspberries

Raspberries Most raspberries bear red fruit but a few have white or yellow berries. Most ripen in July, some in September or October, and some in either season according to when they are pruned. For varieties fruiting in summer, pruning is carried out immediately picking has finished, the old canes being cut out completely and replaced by the new canes […]

How to start Gardening

No recreation costs so little or gives so much fun and satisfaction as gardening. A few dollars and  just a little plot of ground starts you. Here are the basic tools needed for a small garden: Spade or spading fork. Hoe for conditioning soil and weeding. Rake to prepare a fine seedbed and keep things neat. A watering can or […]

Growing Fruit in a Greenhouse

While bananas, pineapples, and the various members of the genus Citrus require so much heat that they are mostly outside the range of the ordinary amateur gardener, a number of hardier fruits can be obtained earlier with the aid of glass protection. Some heat is necessary. The blossom and newly-set fruitlets of all our so-called hardy fruits are vulnerable to […]

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 […]

How to grow Begonias from seed – tuberous

Begonias Large-flowered begonias are usually grown from tubers, but they can be grown from seed and they will flower about eight months after sowing if sufficient heat is available. There are many other kinds of begonias with fibrous roots and some with rhizomes. Typical of this type are the B. rex cultivars with multi-colored leaves. These will grow well along […]

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 […]

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots Fruit trees may also be grown in the unheated greenhouse in pots, tubs or boxes. The restriction of the roots induces early fruiting and keeps the trees small, while the glass catches the sun’s warmth, thus forwarding growth slightly, protects the blossom and fruitlets from spring frosts and renders protection from birds […]