Autumn Fall Garden Color

By the autumn many of the summer-flowering plants are all but over and, although there are many plants which will provide a display of flowers in September and October, and even into early November, much can be done to make the garden colorful in these months by planting some of the shrubs and trees the leaves of which turn brilliant […]

You too can Grow Primroses

The few requirements for primroses are easily met and are found in practically every garden. They do require shade throughout Mid-America, but this is always available on the north side of the house or in the shade of shrubs, evergreens, or trees. Primroses not only offer a variety of form, size, color, the habit of growth, but bloom (depending upon […]

How to grow Armeria

This genus has retained the old Latin name for pink although it is not related 2 to the true pink, a species of dianthus (Plumbaginaceae). Perennials mainly for the rock garden though the taller kinds are sometimes used at the front of the herbaceous border. They all need well-drained, sunny positions and grow well in seaside gardens; the common thrift, […]

How to grow Artemisia

Named after Artemis the Greek goddess (Compositae). A large genus, widely distributed over the world, of shrubs, sub-shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals, grown mainly for their dainty, aromatic foliage which is very finely cut in some species. The genus shows a great diversity of habit and leaf shape: the flowers are very small and are seldom of much account, though […]

How to grow cabbage plant

What to add to the soil for growing cabbage Cabbages are gross feeders and require adequate quantities of manure dug in well before planting. Firm ground is essential. Apply 85g (3oz) of superphosphate and 28g (1 oz) of sulfate of potash prior to planting. A slightly alkaline soil with a pH 7.0 or over is best. On an acid soil […]

Making Soil Compost for plants

Soil composts These are balanced mixtures designed to support healthy and active plant growth throughout all stages of propagation, pot and container culture and other forms of simulated growth conditions. They are also, on occasions, used for mixing into outside planting positions in order to give trees, shrubs and plants a good start. There were at one time innumerable, highly […]

What is Soil and how to improve it?

What are the Soil types in your garden? Soils are not just deposited in their present position; they are largely the outcome of the deposits left by the plants and the animals they once supported and of the climate in which they develop and the type of rock that constitutes most of their solid or mineral matter. Not only are […]

Plant Protection from Weather

Protection The gardener not only has to protect his garden plants from pests and diseases but also against unsuitable weather conditions. Methods to combat these troubles are suggested here. Many gardeners evolve methods which suit their own requirements. For centuries the gardener has used glass to protect his less hardy plants and there is a wide choice of design in […]

Using Seaweed as a soil compost or manure

Seaweed One of the oldest manures known is seaweed, which is widely used for improving the soils of gardens and farms in coastal districts. The different weeds vary in plant food content; the long broad-leaved species, which is usually found just below the low water mark, is richer than the bladder wrack (Focus) found between low and high tides. It […]

Rose flower – Plant and Care

Roses and their cultivation Almost no garden subject has been written about at greater length, or with more enthusiasm, than roses and their cultivation. Nevertheless, there is plenty that can be said on the matter, and the fact that roses grow easily in most parts of Britain only makes the keen gardener more than ever determined to think of everything […]