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Compound And French Layering

Some plants, especially climbers such as clematis, wisteria and honey suckle; produce long, flexible shoots that can be layered several times along their length. The stem is buries at several points along its length, with the growing tip out of the ground, as for simple layering. Make sure that each loop of the stem exposed above the soil has at least one bud. Separate and plant out the layers once rooted. Some multi stemmed shrubs, such as dog wood and acres, can be layered by burying the entire stem just below the surface of the soil.

Simple Layering And Propagation

This easy method of propagation is a useful way of increasing some shrubs and climbers that cannot readily be propagated from cuttings. Simple layering is a method of getting a growing shoot to produce roots while it is still attached to the parent plant. There are several variations of the technique, and the one you use will depend on the plant and the type of growth it produces. To make a simple layer choose a strong, actively growing shoot that is representative of the plant and showing no signs of pest or disease attack.

Spring Gardening Tasks

Spring is the time to prepare your garden for the season. The time spent in your yard will help ensure a gorgeous yard all summer and help you shake the winter blues!

Garden Composting: How to Make Hot Compost

A hot, active, or fast compost pile is one that is working hard, decomposing raw materials. The temperature is high, killing unwanted diseases and weeds, and you end up with finished compost quickly, in as little as two weeks. How do you make hot compost? Here are some answers.

Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden doesn’t need to be the eyesore of your yard. Make it beautiful and let your visitors enjoy it!

Making A Border Propagator

Summer cuttings are easy to root and need no special equipment. You can root most types in a simple border propagator in the garden. Choose a position in a sheltered spot in light shade for most of the day. Dig a trench two inches deep about ten inches wide and fill it with sharp sand. Make hoops 20 to 25 inches out of stiff wire, old coat hangers works really well. Insert the prepared cuttings into the sand and water well. Push wire hoops every six inches along the trench and cover with a piece of opaque or white plastic, such as a plastic bag, which should be buried in the soil on one side and held down with bricks at the ends and along the other side.

Autumn And Winter Cuttings

When plants go dormant in winter some can still propagated from hardwood cuttings and a few from root cuttings. This is the easiest way of propagating some deciduous trees and shrubs. There are a few popular plants that are difficult to propagate by other methods. Some of these can be raised successfully from root cuttings, which are taken during the dormant season. You can either lift a whole plant of leave it in the ground or dig around the edges to find suitable cuttings material. Select vigorous, healthy roots of about pencil thickness if possible and cut from the parent plant.

Summer Cuttings

During the summer months you can increase your stock of many shrubs, climbers and perennials using semi ripe and heel cuttings. This is one of the easiest ways to propagate plants and is usually successful. When plant growth begins to slow down in summer, new shoots start to ripen and turn woody at the base, and are suitable for semi ripe cuttings. To test that the plant is at the correct stage of development, hold the main stem ready and bend the shoot over. If the shoot breaks it is either too soft and sappy or too hard and woody, but if it springy and returns to its original position when you let go, it is at just the right stage of development.

Sowing Techniques

To raise plants successfully early in the season you will need to keep the sown seeds somewhere warm, such as in an airing cupboard linen closer or a thermostatically controlled propagator, and have somewhere frost free, such as a windowsill or heated green house, to grow them on. Seed is available in various forms, and the method of sowing varies according to the type you are growing. Always check the seed packets for details such as whether the seed needs light to germinate, its sowing depth, germination and growing on temperatures, and use this information as a guide before you start.

Adding A Butterfly Garden To Your Backyard Garden

Butterflies and hummingbirds are a pleasure to watch and you can draw them right to your own back yard with a butterfly garden. Both are attracted by the same things. It wouldn’t be hard at all to dedicate an area in your garden or yard for a small butterfly garden.

Growing Bush Fruit

Gooseberries and currants are more tolerant than many other fruit and can be grown in partial shade, although better crops and earlier harvests will be achieved in full sun. Red and white currants need a well drained site, but black currants can tolerate poorly drained soil. For best results plant bush fruits in a moisture retentive but free draining soil that does not get waterlogged in winter. They can be grown as free standing bushes, novelty hedges or as trained forms against a fence or as trained forms against a fence or other support.

Blackberries And Hybrid Berries

Although blackberries prefer a sunny spot, they are much more tolerant than other types of fruit and can be grown in shade and on any type of soil. Space plants six to ten feet apart depending on the vigor of the variety. Do not plant blackberries too deeply; the soil should only just cover the roots. Blackberries and most hybrid berries need a support. This can be constructed as described for raspberries, but the horizontal wires should be spaced just 12 inches apart, with the lowest wire 3 feet from the ground and the highest wire at about six feet.

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