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How To Grow Saffron?

How To Grow Saffron?

How To Grow Saffron? Saffron is a delicious spice that is used in many Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. It has a distinct bittersweet flavor and a brilliant yellow color that it adds to dishes that it is used in. It is the most expensive spice, weight for weight being worth more than gold!

The reason that saffron is so expensive is that it is the stamen of a flower that needs to be picked by hand. The stamen is part of the central parts of a flower. Namely the area that the pollen is deposited on to fertilize the flower. Each flower only contains three of these stamens that are 1.5 to 2 cm long and a few of millimeters wide. When they are dried they are even smaller and lighter!

Gardening Trends For Small Yard

Gardening Trends For Small Yard

Gardening Trends For Small Yard – With smaller yards, gardeners are becoming more creative in the limited space that they call their own. Gardening trends that you can incorporate into your small garden are:

– Incorporate small fruiting plants into regular landscaping

– Homes have less lawn areas

– Plant drought tolerant plant varieties

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing – Pleaching is a method of planting trees in rows and training the side branches to meet in horizontal, parallel lines. Other growth is cut back or interwoven to form a vertical screen. Beech, lime, hornbeam and plane trees are all suitable for pleaching. This technique is  particularly effective in a formal setting and often used to line paths or avenues in larger gardens. 

Planting Against Walls And Fences

Planting Against Walls And Fences

Planting Against Walls And Fences – When space on the ground is at a premium, you can grow plants on or up, walls and fences. If the planting is above ground, the container must be firmly fixed in position, so that there is no possibility of it falling.

Secure boxes on to window sills with a metal bracket or a strong wire restraint. Frequently check that the brackets and fittings remain both strong and secure.

Backyard Composting

Backyard Composting

Popular and effective way of recycling organic waste is backyard composting. Compost is used by gardeners since long to improve garden soil. Garden composting process transforms lawn debris into a soil amendment product. Composting includes biological cycle of growth and decay. Microorganisms feed upon dead organic matter (forming the composting heap) and the nutrients from the decaying plants are recycled into their own bodies which in due course make way back to the soil. Remaining material from the decaying process exhibits properties similar to that of organic matter found naturally in the soil. This organic matter makes the soil porous, allowing the soil to retain sufficient water and making digging part easier while planting seeds or seedlings.

How To Be A Successful Urban Gardener?

How To Be A Successful Urban Gardener?

If you live in a big city, it does not mean that you do not need to have a beautiful urban garden. It is always nice if you can have a special place where you can just appreciate the scene and enjoy the fresh scent of plants and flowers. Gardens are definitely great. These days, more and more people are having their own gardens, even those who are situated in very urban areas.

Do you live in a big urban city? Do you want to be a successful urban gardener? Here are some tips on having your own urban garden: