How to Select Bulbs, Corms and Tubers in a Garden Store

Is the shop temperature suitable ? If it freezes at night half-hardy bulbs may be damaged and go soft on the outside. If it is too hot, the bulbs will wither or start to grow shoots prematurely without root growth, and some fungal and bacterial diseases will attack bruised tissues. Tubers liable to wither, such as dahlias, should be prepacked […]

Gardening Climate Zones

Bulb Climate zones/hardiness zones The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) has identified various regions within North America by their 60-year average minimum winter temperatures. These regions called hardiness zones or climate zones are represented by bands across the continent. The same standards have been applied to Europe and other continents. Use […]

Growing Grapes – Care of Grape Vines

Growing Grapes – Care of 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 […]

Hamamelis x intermedia ( Witch Hazel )

In midwinter, after foliage has been shed, fragrant yellow, red or orange flowers with crimped petals appear. A welcome bright spot and must-have for the winter garden. Older plants are really horizontal in form and open like a small tree. Favorite cultivars that are pretty common are ‘Diane’ which has red flowers, ‘Orange or Copper Beauty’ (also sold as ‘Jelena’) […]

Compost Tea Brewers and Composts

What is compost tea? Compost tea is an aerobic water solution that has extracted the microbe population from compost along with the nutrients. In simple terms, it is a concentrated liquid created by a process to increase the numbers of beneficial organisms as an organic approach to plant/soil care. Why use compost tea? Compost tea has many benefits. It will […]

How to make Compost

How to make compost There are several ways in which compost heaps can be made and various theories exist as to the way in which they should be treated. There are two important points which are essential for successful compost making and these are adequate drainage and aeration and sufficient moisture. A compost heap is a necessary feature in the […]

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, […]

Currants, Black & Red Currants – Ribes

Black Currants & Red Currants – Ribes Currants Of the three kinds of currants, black currants derived from Ribes nigrum are grown. more commonly than red currants (derived from the intercrossing of three Ribes species) or white currants (derived from red currants). All three are self-fertile, fruit prolifically and take up only a relatively small area. Red and white currants […]

What is a garden bulb, corm and tuber

Bulbs, corms and tubers are the specially modified resting stages of certain plants which enable them to live, dormant (e.g. not actively growing), through some adverse climatic condition (usually drought). They all contain a store of concentrated food, and dormant buds, some of which in the bulbs and corms may have embryo flowers already formed inside them, so that when […]

How to Prun Pear Trees – History and How to Grow

Pears The pear grown in Britain is the European Pear which derives from Pyrus communis, native of the temperate parts of Europe and the western part of southern Asia as far as the Himalayas. In America some varieties are grown which are hybrids between the European Pear (as represented by ‘William’s Bon Chrdtien’, known in America as ‘Bartlett’) and Pyrus […]