What Is Organic Companion Planting?

What Is Organic Companion Planting? Organic companion planting is the process of grouping certain types of plants together to achieve better results. Other times, it’s better if certain plants were not placed More »

How To Prepare Your Grounds For The Spring Planting?

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It Is Time For Early Spring Gardening!

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Why Husqvarna leaf blowers are a great choice

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Mealy Bugs

Mealy Bugs

Mealy bugs are off-white in colour and have oval flattened bodies growing to about 3mm long. Waxy strands that resemble legs occur along the sides of the body and some species also have a long “tail.” Normally they leave small cottony masses, their eggs, where the leaves join onto the stem. They like dark places so be sure to check under the leaves and well inside the foliage of a plant regularly. A severe infestation will cause wilting, discolouration and stunted growth of a plant.

Citrus mealybugs have been collected from at least 27 host plant families. Many ornamental plants grown in greenhouses are susceptible to attack including begonia, coleus, amaryllis, cyclamen, and dahlia. Citrus mealybug has been collected on canna, narcissus, and tulip outdoors.

Tips For Flower Cutting And Cultivation

Tips For Flower Cutting And Cultivation

It is a particular luxury to have fresh flowers on display at home on a daily basis. What a delight it is to be surrounded indoors by bouquets and arrangements of fragrant, colorful blossoms – to have a bit of the garden in the house. For gardeners the ultimate pleasure is to be able to cut flowers from their own garden to bring indoors and to give away to friends and family. Many also love to have homegrown blossoms, foliage, and seedheads handy for fresh or dried floral crafts and cooking. However, the problem is always that picking flowers from the garden reduces the floral show in the yard. The perfect solution to this problem is to establish a separate cultivated area specifically as a cutting garden.

Gladiolus Flower Bulbs

Gladiolus Flower Bulbs

Gladiolus is also commonly referred to by the name of its genus – Gladiolus, the plural form of which can be Gladiole, Gladioluses or Gladioli. Gladiolus is also known as the Sword Lily, due to its sword shaped leaves, or Corn Lily.

Gladiolus plants are attractive, perennial herbs and semihardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics. The fragrant Gladiolus flower spikes are large and one-sided, with secund, bisexual flowers.

Enjoy In Floral Garden!

Enjoy In Floral Garden!

Flowers give elegance to your homes. Even with small space allocating a area for a backyard would certainly give life to your properties. Flower lovers would undoubtedly have their eyes feast when they see the flowers bloom especially throughout spring. Although no particular flower is good or bad, your flower selection will determine how attractive your garden turns out in the end. When you’re wanting to decide which flowers you want in your garden, there are several suggestions you should consider.

The quantity of natural light your garden receives has got to be big factor in determining which flowers you choose. In case the site of your garden provides direct sunlight part of the time, and the rest of the time is shade, then almost any flower can be chosen. 50/50 lighting circumstances perform wonderfully for most plants.

Garden Chives – Tasty Herbs In The Kitchen

Garden Chives – Tasty Herbs In The Kitchen

Known as common garden chives, Allium schoenoprasum, can be grown indoors and out. They are one of the earliest herbs to come up in spring and an attractive garden plant and versatile herb in the kitchen. Chives are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, and calcium. Chives are one of 300 species of Allium, which is in the Lily family. They are closely related to garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and garlic chives. Though the leaves off all these plants have the distinctive onion smell, the flowers do smell like their sweeter lily relatives. They are grown for the flavour of their leaves, which is reminiscent of onion, although much milder. Both the stems and light purple flowers are used in cooking and the snipped leaves are an addition to many dishes. Chives lose their flavour with long cooking so it is best to add them to dishes at the last minute. For chopping stems, a pair of scissors is the best tool.

Testing Garden pH Levels

Testing Garden pH Levels

Testing the pH level of garden soil is an important step to maintaining a healthy garden, even if it has been successful for many years. PH levels range from 1 to 14, with the neutral value as 7; 1-6 is considered acidic, and 8-14 is alkaline. The most plants grow well in the middle of that range from a 6.0 to 7.0. PH levels also affect the nutrients that a plant receives, and those levels can change over time.
If you grow pH-sensitive landscaping plants or vegetable crops, knowledge of your garden’s soil pH level is an essential part of proper plant maintenance. Without knowledge of your soil’s pH, soil preparation and fertilization is essentially a shot in the dark. Under-or over-fertilization can lead to poor plant performance, plant damage, and even plant death. Furthermore, over-fertilization is taxing on the natural environment.