Early Origins Of The Orchid Farm And Orchidology
Anyone who owns or runs an orchid farm today owes this lucrative occupation to the efforts of some of the early pioneers in orchid cultivation. Orchids were initially considered to be difficult to germinate from seeds. Exposure to weather conditions unlike their native environment did not help either and the first botanists to attempt cultivation did not quite understand their reproductive functioning.A Few of the Best Summer Bedding Plants
Summer bedding is an inexpensive and colourful way to fill out spaces in your garden during the summer months. There is a huge array of plants to choose from, some more suited to flower borders, while others best dotted around the flower borders. Whatever plants you choose, make sure you don’t bring them out of the greenhouse until the risk of frost is long gone, and when you do bring them outside, acclimatise them first by placing them into a cold frame or leaving them outside during warmer days and bringing them in again at night. Summer bedding plants can be grown from seed, bought as plug plants or as fully grown plants for an instant display. Here are some of my favourites.Four Key Points to Successful Window Sill Organic Garden Growing
Window sill organic garden growing is growing in popularity with more and more growing kits being introduced onto the market. The crops are mainly salad based with short sowing to cropping times. Growing on the window sill is a great way for children to be come involved and will probably encourage them to eat salads thus providing them with the fresh organic nutrients that they require to grow up healthy and strong.Four Key Points to Successful Window Sill Organic Garden Growing
Window sill organic garden growing is growing in popularity with more and more growing kits being introduced onto the market. The crops are mainly salad based with short sowing to cropping times. Growing on the window sill is a great way for children to be come involved and will probably encourage them to eat salads thus providing them with the fresh organic nutrients that they require to grow up healthy and strong.Growing Scented Geraniums
Geraniums are actually members of the Pelagonium family of plants. Pelagoniums are perennials native to Southern Africa. Because they are drought and heat tolerant, they can only withstand very minor frosts and so are normally grown in Britain as annuals unless they are kept in a conservatory or on a sunny window sill. Scented geraniums are extremely popular garden plants and come with a surprising variety of fragrances. Here is a short guide on how to grow them and some of my favourite varieties.How to Set Up a Wormery
A wormery is a purpose built container that uses special types of worms to help break down organic matter and produce compost. As well as producing compost, the worms also create a nutritious liquid fertiliser which drains down through the bin and collects at the bottom.What Composting System Is Right for You?
What composting system is right for you? There’s a number of different systems out there, and they all have their pros and cons. Let me show you what these composting methods are all about and help you decide what will work best for your needs.How to Grow Aubergines and Varieties to Try
The aubergine is a member of the potato family. Native to India, it is commonly known as Eggplant and is widely used in cooking. It is a delicate perennial and as such is often grown as an annual. Here is a short guide on how to grow aubergines from seed and some varieties to try.To Shrub or Not to Shrub
Having a shrub wall on the patio or balcony is perfect for adding privacy and seclusion. It’s a great way to shut out the noise and craziness of the city life, allowing you to sit back and relax in your own space.St Augustine Grass: Some Problems and Solutions
St Augustine grass is primarily of tropical origin and is native to salty and fresh water marshes, sandy beach ridges, the outskirts of swamps and lagoons, and limestone shorelines. Though it will survive in most types of terrain, it does best in moist and reasonably fertile soil. Two things it will not stand are waterlogged areas and very dry areas, so watering St Augustine correctly is an essential dynamic to its general health.Growing Sunflowers From Seed
Originally from the Americas, the sunflower is an annual with large round flower heads whose shape is often used to depict the sun. Indeed, indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as a depiction of their sun god. In Britain the sunflower has also become synonymous with all that is summer, either grown in borders or as a magnificent cut flower. It is so easy to grow that it has become a favourite plant for children to grow. Here is a short guide on growing these stunning flowers from seed.How to Create a Box Ball
In horticulture topiary is the name given to the practice of shaping live plants by clipping the foliage of trees and shrubs to form clearly defined shapes. Perhaps the simplest form to create is a ball and the easiest plant to do this with is the box or buxus sempervirens. As buxus is an evergreen, a box ball will provide you with an all-year-round focal point in your garden. They are easy to look after and you will be able to see the results of your efforts quickly. Using a few rooted cuttings you should be able to develop an impressive ball shaped plant in just two years.