Growing a Plum Tree

Plum Tree Plums are popular for cooking, jam making and bottling or canning, but the sweeter varieties are among our most delicious dessert fruits. Damsons ripen a little later than most plums. The fruits are small, oval and richly flavored, but not really sweet enough for the general taste for eating raw. They are, however, excellent for cooking, preserves and […]

Growing Fruit in a Greenhouse

While bananas, pineapples and the various members of the genus Citrus require so much heat that they are mostly outside the range of the ordinary amateur gardener, a number of hardier fruits can be obtained earlier with the aid of glass protection. Some heat is necessary. The blossom and newly-set fruitlets of all our so-called hardy fruits are vulnerable to […]

Growing and Care – Cherry Fruit Trees

Cherries Two main groups of cherries are cultivated for the merit of their fruit, the `sweet’, dessert (Prunus avium) and the `sour’, culinary (Prunus cerasus); a third group, the ‘Duke’ cherries, form an intermediate class. The sweets are subdivided into the ‘black’ and ‘white’ varieties. All fruiting cherries are hardy in the British Isles, though the blossom may be damaged […]

Garden Fruit & Fruit Trees

Fruit If you have space in the garden, people like to grow fruit and vegetables due to better flavored, fresher and less expensive than stores. If the are to be grown at all it is worth growing them really well. So before planting make sure that your soil is deep, well dug, clean of weeds, moist, open to sun and […]

Growing Figs trees in a greenhouse

Where as figs in the open will only ripen one crop of fruit a year, those in a heated greenhouse can ripen two. With sufficient heat it is even possible to secure three crops a year, but this is a heavy drain on the strength of the tree and expensive in fuel consumption as it is necessary to start growth […]

Things to Grow in the Garden for Canning

Everyone knows how delicious is the taste of carefully home-canned produce from the family Vegetable Garden, but as a rule she cannot forget even for a moment the labor which Canning costs the women of the household. I myself have a small Vegetable Garden and do my Canning without assistance, three or four quarts at a time. Those who enjoy […]

Physalis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

From the Greek physa, a bladder, an allusion to the inflated calyx (Solanaceae). A genus of 100 or more species of which the two most well-known are P. alkekengi, the Bladder Cherry or Chinese Lantern Plant, with its brilliant, flame-coloured, air-filled calyces, and P. peruviana, the Cape Gooseberry, which is a greenhouse species. They are annual and perennial herbaceous plants, […]

Heirloom Vegetables and Tomatoes

Heirloom Vegetables and Tomatoes – An introduction In the 70’s, my father would pack all of us in the station wagon, and drive for what seemed an eternity to visit my relatives. I was pretty young, but I can remember two details quite vividly. My brother getting me to ask, “Are we there yet?” and, visiting my Grandparents. My Grandma […]

Disbudding Flowers and Fruit Garden Plants Design Information

DISBUDDING FOR BETTER FLOWERS AND FRUITS How to Do This Disbudding is a term used in gardening to describe the process of limiting the number of flower or growth buds on plants. The purpose may be to divert food material from a number of flower buds to one or more special buds in order to encourage the development of a […]

Growing & Care of Apricots Trees

Apricots Of Mediterranean origin and flowering in late February and March, outdoor apricots demand a frost-free sunny site. Bush trees can be grown only in the southwest and southeast North America and England; elsewhere, as fan-trained trees on walls facing east, south, or southwest, or in greenhouses. Apricots prefer a moisture retentive, friable and well-drained soil: they object to stiff […]