Gardening In Early Winter – The onset of winter inevitably means fewer jobs to do in the garden, but it is a good idea to get outdoors whenever is favorable. There is always tidying-up to be done, and jobs like broken fences to be mended. It makes sense to get work like this finished before the more severe winter weather makes them less appealing. This is an especially good time to take a critical look at how you can improve your soil in time for the next growing season.
Heavy clay soil needs breaking up with horticultural sand and grit and mushroom compost. Fork it in, and smash down thick lumps of soil with the back of a spade, breaking them into pieces.
Reasons And Ways To Protect Plants – Plants are the basis of all life forms of this planet and therefore it is of great importance that we protect as many species of plants as possible. Plants are the primary factors that constitute the food cycles and all other nature based cycles in the environment.
As plants are the proven backbone of our ecosystem, it is a serious threat to our natural habitat when many important species of plants have started becoming endangered from this planet. This is the worst thing that we shall leave behind for our generations to come.
Japanese Iris – If you are looking for a unique, magical flower that will add a colorful pop of life to your garden, look no further than the lovely Japanese Iris (Iris japonica). The Japanese Iris are large graceful flowers with an unusual twist. The triple-petaled blooms appear to be floating above their delicate stems and are quite whimsical looking.
Japanese irises grow well in warm, Mediterranean climates and don’t need a lot of winter care. Japanese Iris come in a variety of stunning purple shades from lavender to deep dark purple. Japanese Iris Mt Fuji are a rare bright white with delicate veining on their buttery petals.
Fall Displays: Seedheads And Bark – Many plants have wonderful seedheads, which can be just as attractive as flowers. Clematis tangutica and Clematis ‘Bill Mackenzie’ both produce large fluffy balls of silvery silk that look exquisite when lit by the sun, especially when growing up through a tree.
One of the few plants with brightly colored seedheads is Physalis alkekengi, the Chinese lantern. This perennial has vivid red or orange ‘paper lanterns’, which can be cut and used in dried arrangements. For a wildflower garden, teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is a must: its shapely, architectural seedheads not only look imposing but provide valuable food for birds. Poppies and thistles also add interesting shapes to the garden.
Growing carrots – Don’t plant your carrots in soil that has a lot of weeds. Try to turn the soil as much as possible and use weed killer to get rid of the weeds. Ideally, you should use organic weed killer if you can get your hands on some. Unfortunately, once the carrots start to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to weed them.
Sow the seeds sparingly on top of the soil and cover with about 5mm of top soil. Mulching with straw or hay will help to keep the seeds moist, and this will also make it easier to water without disturbing the seeds. The plants need little other attention during their growth period, although the plants should be kept well watered – too little water results in coarse, woody roots.
Indian strawberry (Dulcesnea indica, Mock strawberry) has been a rapid increase in the popularity of hanging plants in recent years. Some excellent trailers, however, still remain rarities and the Indian strawberry is a good example. It is vigorous and easy to care for.
Indian strawberry is a fast-spreading evergreen groundcover for shady areas or sunny, moist sites. It has bright green, trifoliate leaves. In summer the flowers appear and these are followed by small strawberry-like fruits. These are edible, but unfortunately they are completely tasteless.