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How to grow: Amaranth (Ornamental) (Growing Guide)
Companions Sunflower, Zinnia, Cleome and Nicotiana. Amaranth can grow to 6 feet (1.8m) tall, so it will dominate a group planting. Tall varieties that produce large seed heads benefit from staking.
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How to grow: Allium (Ornamental) (Growing Guide)
Position Full sun. Troubleshooting Ornamental alliums have few pest problems and are seldom eaten by deer. Notes Ornamental alliums often have a light lilac fragrance. Cover the bulbs to four times their depth with loose soil.
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Growing Biennial Vegetables for Flowers and Seeds
Which brings us to the refrigerator, the ideal storage space for biennial root vegetables you want to grow for flowers or seeds in spring. The hardiest of them, notably Brussels sprouts, kale, and many onions, will survive winter in the garden, while...
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5 Tips for Late Summer Planting Beds
Last year, I cut off the corn stalks at 14-inch (35cm) height, and used the tall stubs to support a row cover, which protected the fall greens from insects, deer and harsh weather.
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Free Mulch! How to Make It and Where to Get More
When dug in, they are said to ‘rob' nitrogen from the soil as they rot down. Read on to find out what kinds of mulches you can make at home, how to get more when you run out, and how to use them for maximum benefit.
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How to grow: Monarda (Growing Guide)
Leaves are excellent for tea. Companions Lovage, Cosmos, Corn, Squash, Beans and Echinacea. Spacing Single Plants: 11" (30cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 11" (30cm) with 1' 7" (50cm) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant Start with purchased plants, set out in...
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How to grow: Spinach (Malabar) (Growing Guide)
Malabar spinach is a vigorous climbing plant that needs a trellis or other support. It will quickly overtake other plants. Malabar spinach is typically grown on a tower, fence or tepee style trellis.
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How to grow: Fruit (Bush) (Growing Guide)
Harvesting Let experience be your teacher -- taste fruits often as they approach ripeness. Choose regionally-adapted bush fruits, for example juneberries (saskatoons) in the far north and rabbiteye blueberries in the far south.
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Grow Potatoes for a Christmas Crop
Protecting Potatoes from the Cold Containers have the obvious advantage of being portable, so when cold weather threatens it's easy enough to move plants completely under the cover of a greenhouse, polythene tunnel or conservatory.
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5 Organic Controls for Greenhouse Whitefly
Severely affected plants can eventually turn yellow and wilt, producing lacklustre growth at best. Encarsia formosa may sound like the Latin name of a beautiful vine, but it's actually a special type of parasitic wasp that lays its eggs inside whitefly...
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How to grow: Colchicum (Growing Guide)
Troubleshooting Mark the location of your colchicums with stones or a garden ornament so you don't accidentally dig them up. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Colchicum Aphids (General) Slug Snail
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Growing Rutabagas for a Bumper Fall Harvest
Midsummer is the best time to plant rutabagas, which need 10 to 12 weeks of growing time before the first fall frost. Then store them in plastic bags in the refrigerator, or packed in damp sand or sawdust in a cold basement.
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How to grow: Aphids (General) (Growing Guide)
Depending on species and plant, aphids may be beige, green, yellow or almost black. Managing Outbreaks: In small outbreaks, a high pressure spray from the garden hose can help remove aphids from plants.
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How to grow: Snowdrop (Growing Guide)
Expect snowdrops to spread when planted in a hospitable spot. Feeding Topdress with a balanced organic fertilizer in early spring, when new growth appears. Snowdrops naturalize well in light shade, and can be grown in lawns that are not mowed until late...
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How to grow: White Currant (Growing Guide)
In winter, prune out old branches close to the ground. These cold-natured plants seldom produce well in warmer climates where temperature often top 90F (32C). Slow-growing plants can be fed again in early summer.
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How to grow: Celery (Growing Guide)
Harvesting Cut individual stalks as needed in the kitchen, or pull entire plants. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Celery Aphid, Black Bean Aphids (General) Carrot Rust Fly Slug Snail Plant Diseases which Affect...
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How to grow: Fruit (Dwarf Tree) (Growing Guide)
You can add a variety of this tree to label what it is and specify spacing or planting times. Choose regionally-adapted tree fruits, for example cherries in the north or peaches in the south.
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How to grow: Scilla (Growing Guide)
Expect scilla to spread when planted in a hospitable spot. Feeding Topdress with rich compost in spring, when new growth appears. Scilla is one of the best little bulbs to naturalize in grass beneath deciduous trees.
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How to grow: Lettuce (Crisphead) (Growing Guide)
Always harvest in the morning, when the leaves are cool and full of moisture. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Lettuce (Crisphead) Aphids (General) Cutworm Leaf Miner Slug Snail Plant Diseases which Affect Lettuce...
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Help Your Garden Survive a Summer Drought
Allow plants to soak up the water they need to avoid wastage Use a Timer An automatic irrigation system, connected to a timer, will take the strain out of watering. If it's exceptionally dry, water again a few hours later to recharge all that valuable...
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How to grow: Muscari (Growing Guide)
Position Full sun in spring, sun to partial shade in summer. Troubleshooting Muscari have few pest problems and are seldom eaten by deer. Notes Easy to grow and long-lived in many climates, muscari is a great low-maintenance bulb to add to informal landscapes.
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How to grow: Daylily (Growing Guide)
Position Full sun to partial afternoon shade. Troubleshooting Daylilies are often eaten by deer. Daylilies with dark red blossoms often do best with slight afternoon shade. Daylilies can be planted closer when you are using them to cover a slope.
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How to grow: Apple (Espalier) (Growing Guide)
Feeding Not normally required Companions Chives and Nasturtium. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Apple (Espalier) Aphids (General) Apple Maggot Codling Moth Plant Bug Plum Curculio Slug Snail Tent caterpillar Thrips
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How to grow: Apple (Large) (Growing Guide)
Feeding Not normally required Companions Chives, Nasturtium, Parsnip, Garlic and Lavender. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Apple (Large) Aphids (General) Apple Maggot Codling Moth Plant Bug Plum Curculio Slug Snail...
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How to grow: Crocus (Growing Guide)
The flowers close at night and on rainy days. Varieties classified as C. Companions Snowdrop. Crocuses are wonderful little bulbs to naturalize in grass beneath deciduous trees, or to plant in groups near entryways.
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How to grow: Endive (Growing Guide)
Harvesting Havest as required by cutting off at base. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Endive Aphids (General) Slug Snail Companions Radicchio, Mizuna, Tatsoi and Mustard.
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How to grow: Lettuce (Miners) (Growing Guide)
Feeding Not required. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Lettuce (Miners) Aphids (General) Leaf Miner Slug Snail Notes An easy salad crop to grow and will often fit between other plants while they are still small.
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6 Ways to Extend Your Harvests
Grass clippings are a ready-to-hand source of instant mulch too, and will help to keep plant roots cool and moist in hot, dry weather. Check plants every couple of days and remove fruits and pods before they get too large or overripe.
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How to grow: Black Currant (Growing Guide)
Harvesting Harvest fruit when they are dark and ripe, and chill immediately. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Black Currant Aphids (General) Slug Snail
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