Evergreens that Brighten the Winter Landscape

Evergreens that Brighten the Winter Landscape

When you look out your window at the snow-covered winter horizon, feelings of melancholy or perhaps even depression may wash over you. Winter ‘tis the season for a disorder known by the acronym SAD. Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) afflicts a multitude of people during the bleak, gray months of winter, and planting some evergreens with … Read more

Stages of Seed Germination

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Stages of Seed Germination Seed germination is the way most plants reproduce. Some reproduce via an underground root or tuber system, but for the most part, seeds will be needed to start growing any type of plant or tree.  Even a mighty oak tree starts from a seed (called an acorn) that is about the … Read more

Why Is Compost Beneficial To Your Garden?

how to start a compost pile

Cоmроѕting іѕ a richly rewarding activity that wіll аllоw уоu tо rесусlе the grееn wаѕtе уоu produce and uѕе іt аѕ a valuable resource for your garden. What could be better than that? Orgаnіс соmроѕt іѕ a wоndеrful аddіtіvе tо уоur garden ѕоіlѕ аnd рrоvіdеѕ a ѕlоw rеlеаѕе of thе essential nutrіеntѕ уоur рlаntѕ nееd. … Read more

Full Sun and Partial Shade Plants

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Dig a hole in the soil, place a plant in it, add water and voila! a healthy vegetable or flower will grow. It’s not quite that simple. The plant has to be in a location that provides it with just the right amount of sunlight, and the required light need is different for each plant. … Read more

Gardening Glossary: T-W

Gardening Glossary T-W

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W T Tap Root: The main root growing vertically into the soil. Tender: A plant that has no resistance to frost. Tendril: A thin, long stem used for attaching to nearby branches, trellis, fences, etc. Terminal: The flower … Read more

Gardening Glossary: S

Gardening Glossary S

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Sap: The equivalent of blood in a plant that can be found in the stems, branches and leaves. Self Pollination: The transfer of pollen within the same flower to fertilise it. Self Seed: Plants releasing seeds … Read more

Gardening Glossary: P-R

Gardening Glossary P-R

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W P Peat: Usually partially decomposed sphagnum moss and used for potting compost, etc. Peat Substitute: Because of environmental concerns over the use of peat, a substitute is now available made from renewable materials like coir. … Read more

Gardening Glossary: M-O

Gardening Glossary M-O

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W M Maincrop: Refers to the crop of vegetables, often potatoes, that produce crops throughout the main growing season. Manure: Excreta from animals, usually horses and chickens, used to enrich the soil. Microclimate: A small area that … Read more

Gardening Glossary: H-L

Gardening Glossary H-L

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W H Half Hardy: A plant that cannot withstand the coldest conditions in a particular climatic zone so needs some protection. Hardening Off: The process of acclimatising plants grown under protection, in the greenhouse for example, … Read more