Coleus is sometimes called the poor man’s Croton because it matches and even surpasses its stately rival in the brightness and colour range of its foliage, and it does this at a fraction of the cost. You can, of course, buy plants in pots but it is easily raised from cuttings or seed. There is another advantage – Coleus is easy to care for, unlike the fussy and demanding Croton.
There are features where Coleus is clearly inferior to the imposing and long-lived Croton. The bushy 1 ft high plants are soft-stemmed and need pinching out regularly to stop the plant becoming leggy and defoliated. In addition the specimens remain attractive for only a short time – they can be overwintered but the best plan is to treat this foliage plant as an annual by sowing seeds or taking cuttings each spring.
Many people that purchase a home, want to create an outside space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Many do this by ensuring that there is quality grass as well as different plants and flowers to liven up the outside space or property. It adds a little bit more character, several home-owners choose to plant trees. Trees seem to have a life of their own. Every tree has its own needs, depending on the age, size, structure and level of development. There are many different types of trees that one can choose from. Like plants, flowers and grass, trees need to be maintained on a weekly or monthly basis to ensure that it keeps the property looking neat and attractive. But, there are other reasons why one should perform regular tree pruning.
For anyone thinking of starting organic gardening adventure, correct and proper soil preparation is the foundation on which the organic garden is built. You cannot afford to get it wrong.
Soil pH testing. Step one to prepare your organic garden’s soil is basically to test it to see what you have to work with. Use tests to decide what you need to add before you proceed with amending your soil organically. You can pick up a soil testing kit at your local garden centre. The test will look at the pH of the soil which is a measure of acidity and alkalinity contained in it. Depending on the results of the test you may need to consider adding lime or sulfur to get the balance just right. A good soil testing kit will help you with this and additional materials are available at garden centers.
Springtime means that everybody has dirt on their knees, dirt under their nails, and are excited about gardening. To make certain that this excitement yields positive results, in this article we’ll discuss the basics of spring planting tips.
Installing new plants in the garden and having them grow successfully is not difficult, nor is it as complicated as some would have you think. Is spring planting as easy as just digging a hole and setting the plant in? Yes, it certainly can be.
Whatever form it is in, water is one of the best features you can have in the garden. It is entrancing to look at, a joy to hear, and the flowers you can grow in water and near it are among the most beautiful there are. We don’t know anyone who doesn’t love water lilies in the water garden, and the irises and flags swaying gracefully beside a stream or pond are a close runner-up.
The reflections in the pool can double your pleasure – or your distress – if you permit the pool to be placed where what you see reflected is the back of you neighbor’s tool shed, your own laundry wheel or garbage cans, or the dull, dreary face of an apartment building’s blank wall.
Gardeners the world over will know that there is no set date for a gardening job, remember temperatures vary according to where you live, also each year is different, some warmer and some colder, although it is now becoming clear the trend is towards warmer, and garden jobs in February will depend on local conditions. February is often the coldest winter month even if spring is just around the corner. More than any other month what to do in the garden in February will depend on weather conditions, it may be wise to hold off than try to sow in cold waterlogged ground that will rot garden seeds rather than germinate them.
February has abundance of vegetables, such as leeks parsnips, turnips and Swedes, early purple sprouting, kale and Brussels sprouts being available, and can come up when you are ready, especially leeks which may well be standing ready, also make sure that parsnips, turnips and Swedes are covered with fleece or straw to stop them freezing solid into the ground.
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