Gardening for Beginners

10 Vegetables to Grow. Growing Vegetables Growing 10 vegetables for your garden. Types of vegetables to use with names and lessons learned in growing these vegetables. Acanthus Perennial Acanthus Perennial When to plant, where to plant, what plant to use and cooking ideas. Finally a single source for the backyard gardener. Achillea Perennial Plant, How to grow Achillea How to […]

Coreopsis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Coreopsis (kor-e-op-sis) From the Greek koris, a bug or tick, opsis, like, a reference to the appearance of the seeds (Compositae). Tickseed. The annual species are often catalogued under Calliopsis. Hardy perennials and annuals with showy flowers, excellent for borders. Perennial species cultivated              C. grandiflora, 2-3 feet, yellow flowers, summer; var. fore pleno, double. Cultivars include `Baden […]

Gazania – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Gazania Gazania (gaz-ay-ne-a) Commemorating Theodore of Gaza, fifteenth-century translator of the botanical works of Theophrastus (Compositae). Treasure flower. Half-hardy perennials from South Africa, with showy flowers, which open in the sun and close about 3 p.m. The species hybridize freely and gazanias have been much improved in recent years; seed is offered in red and orange shades […]

How to grow Leeks from seed

Leeks The leek is a valuable vegetable for winter and spring use and is often grown to replace onions when the last of the stored crop has been eaten. Sow the seeds outdoors in late March or early April on a prepared bed. A seed bed prepared for cabbage and lettuce sowings is suitable. Prevent annual weeds from smothering the […]

Impatiens – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Impatiens Impatiens (im-pa-she-ens) From the Latin impatiens in reference to the way in which the seed pods of some species burst and scatter their seed when touched (Balsaminaceae). Balsam, busy lizzie. A genus of about 500 species of annuals, biennials and sub-shrubs mostly from the mountains of Asia and Africa. The succulent hollow stems are brittle and […]

Sidalcea – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Sidalcea Sidalcea (sid-al-see-a) A compound of two related genera, Sida and Alcea. The former comes from an ancient Greek name used by Theophrastus for the water-lily, the latter from Althaea, the generic name for hollyhock (Malvaceae). These hardy perennial herbaceous plants belong to the same family as the hollyhock and the mallow. Their flowers have delicate papery […]

Soil pH

Soil pH This is the measure used to indicate the active acidity of the soil. The term is based on the balance between the hydrogen ions and the hydroxyl ions and it is important to remember that a low pH figure indicates acid soil which for most crops requires correcting by the addition of lime. pH 7 represents neutrality. Below […]

How to grow lettuce from seed

How to grow lettuce from seed Lettuce Lettuces fall into three groups—cabbage, cos and loose-leaf. The cabbage kinds are subdivided into crispheads and butterheads. Those sold by the greengrocer are almost always butterheads because crispheads do not travel well and wilt rather quickly after harvesting. The cos varieties have long, boat-shaped, very crisp leaves and they are preferred by many […]

Oenothera – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Oenothera Oenothera (ee-noth-er-a) From the Greek oinos, wine, and thera, pursuing or imbibing, the roots of one plant being thought to induce a thirst for wine (Onagraceae). A genus of 80 species of annuals, biennials and numerous good herbaceous and shrubby perennials for the herbaceous border and rock garden, natives of America and the West Indies, but […]

How to grow parsnip plant

Parsnip Cultivation It is essential if you expect to produce good-sized specimens to trench the soil deeply so that the desirable, long, straight, unforked roots are produced. The large seeds are sown in 2.5cm (1 in) deep drills in small groups at intervals of 10cm (4in), the drills spaced 45cm (18in) apart. Choose a calm day for sowing as the […]