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 […]

Vegetable Gardeing in Fall

Fall Vegetable Gardening How do I get my garden ready for Fall planting? Before you can plant anything new, you should do a simple soil test to make sure the Ph is still up at above 6.0 If not, add 1 pound of lime per 100 square feet for each .5 below that number. Hydrated lime will work quickly to […]

Kitchen Garden Plans and Gardening Tips

Kitchen Gardening Tips and Plans By Cindy Martin of The Tasteful Garden Vegetable or herb gardening has become much more popular in the United States in the past 10 years.The focus has been on growing more flavorful, nutritious, and fresher produce than can be found in the local grocery store.Television cooking shows make our mouths water with fresh herbs, garden […]

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Vegetables are easy to grow and are very rewarding at harvest time. The most important requirements are sunshine and watering. Other requirements are a loosened soil, some fertilizer, and a little bit of weeding. If you have an area in your yard that gets sunshine most of the day (6-8 hours in summer) then you can […]