Grapevines As A Part Of The Home Landscape – Growing grapes is becoming a common plant to grow with the home gardener for several reasons. Their juice and fresh fruit can be used for jelly, jam, and even wine, along with being picked and eaten fresh from the vine. In addition, grape vines can add ornamental value to your home landscape when trained to grow on an arbor, or trellis for shade or screen planting.
A healthy, well managed grapevine can produce up to 20 pounds or more of fresh fruit per vine in a growing season, and once established can be productive for 40 years or more. Choosing the right cultivars, maintaining a healthy soil fertility, proper annual pruning and having a pest management plan in place is very important in growing a successful crop of grapes.
Design Your Winter Garden With Shrubs – An indispensable element of the winter garden, shrubs provide form, structure, fragrance and colors. A well-planted garden will have a selection of these useful plants, each contributing to the overall scheme. Topiarized evergreens and deciduous shrubs with scented winter flowers should be positioned where their characteristics can be appreciated to the full.
Cornus. The dogwood include some enormous frees, for which you will need a large winter garden, but there are some shrubs, which can be kept small by coppicing them every year. This forces them to put up a number of short stems, about 3m (10ft) high, the best of which are richly colored. The spring coppicing can either involve cutting back every single stem, or just half so that it always has some growth.
Growing Shrubs: Size And Habit – Shrubs differ enormously in size. There are mat-forming plants such as the creeping rhymes, which will grow in a rock garden or between paving stones; there are small upright shrubs such as the lavenders, which can be used as part of a flower border or as low hedges, perhaps as a framework for a herb garden.
Space-Saving Gardening Methods For A Small Vegetable Gardens – The gardeners want good production from limited space which may even include containers on patios, decks or balconies. There are several space-saving gardening methods that may be used.
Old English gardeners devised the idea of interplanting vegetables to utilize space more fully. Interplanting means that a quick-growing, early maturing crop is planted between rows of a later-maturing crop that will later enlarge to fill the entire space. Continue Reading
Green Giant Arborvita – Arborvitaes are a slow growing plant variety (generally less than 12 inches per year of new growth) .The Arborvitaes are hybrids so they are propagated by cuttings as they will not come back true from seed. One of the Arborvitae, the Green Giant, the Western Redcedar Tree, or botanically, the Thuja Plicata, is the favorite. Here is why:
The hardiness zone the Green Giant Arborvita tolerates is from zone 5 to zone 8. That’s where extreme cold temperatures get down to a temperate level of about 15 or 20 degrees in the winter (Zone 8), but also as low as a frigid level of 15 or 20 degrees below zero (zone 5). Continue Reading
Planning A Kitchen Container Garden – The first thing any gardener has to do when planning a garden is to measure the space there is available. This is particularly important when planning a kitchen container garden for when space is limited greater care has to be taken to make sure every bit is used to the best advantage.
Whether the space is large or small two fundamental rules apply:
1. All the elements of the garden must be easily reachable;
2. There must be a clear plan to the area.