Gardeners must plant the bulbs in the fall and wait all winter before the plants and blooms emerge. It can be disappointing to wait months only to have a rodent deny you the payoff. Fortunately, gardeners have developed several methods to thwart rodents in their bid to destroy or carry off your tulips.
Crocus and tulip bulbs are favored food for rodents, but a few easy steps will protect bulbs for your enjoyment. To guard against burrowing invasion, select an appropriately sized pot and bury it in your garden. For most plantings, a 5-gallon pot is large enough. Place the rim flush with the ground.
What you need: Large plastic pot, Shovel, Hardware cloth.
Winter is around the corner and your garden needs some pampering to help it through the cold and stormy months ahead and get it in good shape for next spring. A November gardening calendar really highlights the differences in regional gardens. For many there is no November garden to speak of. But even if your garden is already covered in snow, there are still garden tasks calling. Unfortunately insect pests are much hardier than their tiny size would suggest.
Here are a few gardening tasks and projects that you can do this month to help keep your garden looking it’s best for the rest of this season, and prepare for the long cold winter and upcoming spring.
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.
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.
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.
People need healthy food to perform their best, and roses are no different. Roses flourish beautifully in the right conditions, and the proper balance of soil “ingredients” is important for growing rose bushes. While these flowers are not frail, caring for roses can mean a lot of preparation work before you get to enjoy their beauty. In fact, roses are plants that require a large amount of nutrients in the soil in order to grow large and colorful blooms. The most important thing you can do for you roses is to feed them right. Since roses gain their nourishment through the soil that they are planted in, this means that you should take extra care to make sure that the soil is prepared sufficiently to support healthy growth.
Here are some tips for proper rose gardening soil preparation.