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Starting a Rock Garden

starting a rock garden Rock Gardens It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with bits of stone or even (horror upon horrors) broken concrete. The result is not a rock garden and it must be hoped Read more [...]

12. May 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Lettuces

How to Grow Lettuces How to Grow Lettuces An indispensible crop and the epitome of summer, though they can be grown nearly all year round. No garden should be without a few. Soil requirements Nothing in particular but avoid land that is too firm or waterlogged. Plenty of organic matter leads to rapid growth and the tastiest lettuces. Possible yield 12-24 lettuces per 10ft (3m) Read more [...]

16. March 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts Growing Brussels Sprouts Sprouts have always been one of the most popular winter green vegetables. They can be grown to give you a supply of sprouts from September to March. Unless you want to strip the plants at a single pick and then freeze the harvest, pick-over varieties should be grown. Soil requirements The soil should be well-supplied with organic matter and must, Read more [...]

13. March 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Strawberries

How to Grow Strawberries How to Grow Strawberries These are probably the most rewarding of all fruits — there is nothing like the taste of your own first fresh-picked strawberry, or the second, or the third . . . Strawberries need a very rich soil, full of humus, and benefit from slow- release sources of phosphorus, such as bonemeal. The site must be free of weeds and prepared well with additions Read more [...]

06. January 2011 by admin
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XERANTHEMUM

An annual and native of South Africa, Xeranthemum annuum is a pretty everlasting flower, sending up its daisy-like flowers, borne singly on 2 ft (60 cm) stems, during July and August. The flowers have an outer ring of petals and with numerous petaloids at the centre. They appear in all shades of crimson, rose and pink, also blush-white. They require a sunny position Read more [...]

04. July 2017 by admin
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Varieties of Climbing Roses

Red and Crimson ALLEN CHANDLER. It blooms early in summer and again in autumn, bearing large single blooms of bright crimson-red. COUNTESS OF STRADDROKE. Of vigorous habit, it has glossy green foliage and bears large crimson blooms which are richly fragrant. CRAMOISIE SUPERIEURE. An old China rose of vigorous habit, bearing its rich red blooms throughout summer and autumn. DANSE Read more [...]

04. July 2017 by admin
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Varieties of Saint Paulias

BEATRICE. A fine variety, the large double flowers being of deep purple-blue. BIANCA. The blooms are single and are white, splashed with purple. BICOLOR. Most unusual, the top petals being deep purple whilst the lower petals are pale mauve. BLUE BOY. The single blooms are of an exquisite shade of bright blue with a striking yellow centre. One of the earliest introductions Read more [...]

04. July 2017 by admin
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Scented-Leafed Pelargoniums

They require more light than begonia rex and even less moisture but otherwise are similar in their requirements, being happy in ordinary room temperatures and able to survive long periods without moisture. They are essentially indoor plants, which are not only of fascinating appearance but will prove a never-ending source of interest. The plants are easy to manage. When Read more [...]

04. July 2017 by admin
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Types of Garden Soil

ACID Such a soil will be of high acid reaction. It will be well-drained in winter and be retentive of moisture in summer but unless some preparation is done to counteract the acidity, it will grow only a limited range of plants. A load of heavy loam, sometimes to be obtained from a building site will do much to correct the acidity of the black peat soil. Slow-acting fertilisers Read more [...]

04. July 2017 by admin
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Varieties of Show Pansies

ALICE RUTHERFORD. A deep golden yellow self of great beauty. BLUE BELL. A dark blue self colour of great beauty. CHARLES MC’CRERIE. A belted variety, the ground colour is pale sulphur, with a margin of violet. GOLDEN GIFT. The ground is rich yellow, the belting and upper petals being of violet. JAMES FERGUSON. The ground is of rich Jersey cream colouring, the Read more [...]

03. July 2017 by admin
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YUCCA

Though not usually considered a border plant, this compact form of the exotic desert plant is in no way out of place at the back of a large border, especially the double border. Two or three plants at regular intervals will, when bearing their huge branched buff panicles in autumn, bring an exotic touch to the border or it may be used as a focal point on a lawn. Yucca filamentosa Read more [...]

27. June 2017 by admin
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Garden Annuals for Naturalizing

It is not generally appreciated that annuals are ideal plants for naturalizing or broadcast sowing. This is often how they grow in their natural habitat, and by using this method some striking effects can be achieved at very little cost, an item of some consequence these days. Obviously it is not practicable to naturalize in a very small garden, but such sites as a paddock, Read more [...]

07. June 2017 by admin
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The Cultivation of Half-Hardy Annuals

WHILE the cultivation of half-hardy annuals calls for slightly more attention than hardy annuals, there are no very great difficulties, and the extra facilities required can be confined to modest proportions. As their name suggests, half-hardy annuals will not tolerate frost, especially during the seedling stage, but they can be sown in the open in May, when the danger of frost Read more [...]

07. June 2017 by admin
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Zygocactus

Known as the Christmas Cactus, Zygocactus truncatus is one of the most interesting of indoor plants, being easily grown and propagated, and its attractive cerise-pink flowers, which are borne in winter, make it one of the best of all indoor plants; and preferring semi-shade it could be more widely grown. It is a cactus, being one of the Epiphyllum group, the plants being almost Read more [...]

07. June 2017 by admin
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