Knowing what type of Lawn Grass Seed to use

Grass seed for lawns Of the 150-160 grass species found in England, but only about six are used for lawns. Proprietary lawn seed mixtures consist of the merchant’s special mixes of some or all of these seeds and are sold according to the type of lawn required and, of course, price. In purchasing proprietary seed mixtures it is important to […]

History of Organic Gardening

Organic gardening This is a system of gardening in which organic products (derived from organisms that have had life) are used to maintain and increase soil fertility. Until the nineteenth-century gardeners relied almost solely on organic wastes for manuring the garden soil. Animal dung was extensively used in Europe. The art of mixing animal and vegetable wastes together and the […]

What to know before Grafting of Plants

Grafting The need for grafting arises from the fact that very many plants will not propagate reliably from cuttings. Nurserymen also find that they can raise more plants more quickly by using standard rootstocks. Grafting of plants appeals to many gardeners and it can be a rewarding and exciting way of raising young trees and bushes and, especially where fruit […]

What you need to know when gardening in a Greenhouse

Few gardeners do not at some time or another have an urge to grow plants in a greenhouse. It extends the range of plants that can be grown so that those too tender for our winter climate can be cultivated and it is a branch of gardening that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Before purchasing a greenhouse you should […]

Growing Bulbs Outdoor or Indoors

Bulb cultivation Botanically, bulbs are buds, commonly subterranean, producing roots from their undersides, and consisting of layers of fleshy rudimentary leaves, called scales, attached to abbreviated stems. There is considerable uncertainty in the minds of many gardeners as to the difference between bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers, for their function is the same—to tide the plant over a period of […]

What type of Landscape Mulching to use for your garden.

A mulch is a cover spread over the surface of the soil. Newly-planted fruit trees and shrubs were traditionally mulched with strawy manure immediately after planting. This practice continues to this day. The mulch protects the newly planted tree or shrub from frost damage in winter and from summer drought. At the same time, the rotting manure supplies the young […]

Using Hops and Mushrooms as compost manure

Spent hops The residue after hops have been extracted with water in the brewery is usually sold to haulage contractors who supply commercial growers with the entire output from many breweries and in consequence, the amounts available for gardeners are somewhat limited. Much of the output is purchased by fertilizer manufacturers who reinforce the spent hops with concentrated fertilizers in […]

How to Grow and water house plants

There are two kinds of plant that we bring into our houses. The more spectacular are the flowering plants, cyclamen, azaleas or African violets. Unfortunately their season of attractiveness is limited. All too soon the flowers will fade and the plants then have little attraction. If you have a greenhouse, you can keep the plant going and prepare it for […]

How to choose the correct Ground Cover Plants

Gardening has been described as ‘interfering with nature’, because in our gardens we try to make plants grow where they do not normally thrive and remove all those plants which distribute themselves naturally. In the wild state each plant grows in positions best adapted to it, and there, together with its neighbors, it covers the ground with a mantle of […]

How to control and learn more about Beetles and Weevils

There are thousands of species of beetles and weevils (Coleoptera) in our garden world. They vary greatly in size, appearance, and habits. A number of them are garden or household pests, but others are useful predators on other insects and soil creatures. These include the carabid beetles, the devil’s coach horse, and tiger beetles. Ladybirds are well-known predators of greenfly. […]