Plants

Asters

Asters

Asters provide some of the best plants for the garden at any time of the year. They add a bright range of colors and shades, giving the border a much needed end-of-season lift. This large genus includes the well-known Michaelmas daisies, essential plants for the fall garden, many of which flower from late summer until the first frosts. Most also last well as cut flowers. The species are as worthy of consideration as the hybrids, some of which have an annoying tendency towards mildew. The genus also includes annuals.

Asters will grow in any reasonably fertile soil, in sun or light shade. Some will do well in poor soil. The taller forms often benefit from staking, especially in sites where they are exposed to strong wind, which can easily spoil them.

Growing Cantaloupe

Growing Cantaloupe

Growing cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is a delicious and nutritious gardening crop. There are so many variations that sometimes it is sometimes difficult to choose which to grow. The the flesh of the cantaloupe fruit can have an orange or deep yellow color. The juicy, delicious flavor of this summer crop makes it a preference of many gardeners. As a breakfast food, dessert or as a part of a salad, cantaloupe have found a place in many gardens and on the tables of many kitchens.


Cantaloupe is available in many varieties. If you want to start harvesting in as little as 65 days, plant the Alaska Hybrid. Another fine choice is the Honey Rock which, as its name implies, has a sweet delicious flavor that will remind you of honey.

Indoor Plants Temperature Guide

Indoor Plants Temperature Guide

Indoor Plants Temperature Guide – The natural home of most indoor plants lies in the Tropics. In this country they are raised commercially in glasshouses. These two simple facts have given rise to the widespread belief that high temperatures are essential for the proper cultivation of house plants.

The truth is that very few types will grow satisfactorily at temperatures above 75°F under ordinary room conditions. The reason is that the amount of light falling on the leaves and the amount of moisture in the air are far less in a room than outdoors in the Tropics or under glass, so the need for heat is correspondingly less.

Garden Tips: How To Maintain A Bird Feeder

Garden Tips: How To Maintain A Bird Feeder


The joy of watching birds is something that many people enjoy and one of the ways to attract them to your home is by offering them an easy meal. Bird feeders are great garden additions because they are safe on birds and can keep them well-nourished. However, they need to be maintained in good condition and the following are a few tips that can help to keep them in place for years.

Amaranthus

Amaranthus

Amaranthus is a beauty to have in the garden. Flower with names (Amaranth, Tampala, Tassel flower, Flaming fountain, Fountain plant, Joseph’s coat, Love-lies-bleeding, Molten flower, Prince’s feather) is better known as a bold bedding plant rather than as an indoor plant, but it can be grown successfully on a windowsill or in the conservatory. In the summer and early fall the long and pendant tassels appear, each one made up of tiny blooms.

This flower are famed for their colorful grains, these can be in many different colors, especially purple and gold. The shrub bears reddish stems and the leaves turn bronzy as they age. Look for this one in the outdoor plant section of the garden center.

Planting Shrubs To Feed The Birds

Planting Shrubs To Feed The Birds

Provide a natural food source by planting shrubs to feed the birds – shrubs and trees that will provide berries and fruit to your birds all year long. What is wonderful about fruit bearing trees and shrubs is the glorious flowers they produce in advance of the flowers turning to seeds/berries that the birds just love.

If you plant a variety of shrubs that flower and fruit at different times of the year, your birds will have a natural source of food and you won\’t have to spend quite as much on bird seed either. It is especially important to have food for birds during the winter months.