, plant breeders have now solved three problems. Cucumbers bear male and female flowers separately, and it has always been necessary, when growing the traditional long, smooth, greenhouse or frame cucumbers, to remove all the male flowers. Otherwise they were pollinated, resulting in bitter misshapen fruits.
The plant Read more [...]
Cucumbers are not the easiest of vegetables to grow, but if you choose the right varieties to start with and give them the regular care they need, you can produce a successful crop at your first attempt.
As well as the usual salad uses, there are various recipes in which cucumbers
can be included; they can even be stuffed and cooked. They are a more Read more [...]
How to Grow Cucumbers
Cucumber - Cucumis sativa
A member of the Gourd family, this subject has a long history of culture, being mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the fruits the Israelites longed for while in captivity.
There are records showing that the Romans went to a lot of trouble to cultivate cucumbers
, which apparently were regularly Read more [...]
Guide to Growing Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts - Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
The Brussels sprout vegetable was known and cultivated in Belgium, particularly in areas around Brussels nearly 800 years ago.
For best results provide an open, airy situation, with wide spacing, to ensure good sprout development. A long season of growth is required. Read more [...]
Guide to Growing Lettuces
There are two main types of lettuce
, the cabbage
and the cos, and a great many varieties of each differing in colour, crispness, size and season.
Lettuces like a well-dug, rather rich, well-manured soil
. They are frequently treated purely as a catch-crop, and good yields can be obtained from sowings made on the ridges of Read more [...]
This small, perennial ornamental grass belongs to the Graminae family. It has only one species, which is native to Japan. It is a slow-growing, herbaceous grass that only reaches 30 cm (12 in) in height. In colder regions the deep green leaves of the species turn a beautiful bronze colour in autumn.
There are also decorative, variegated forms such Read more [...]
During the latter part of 1990 the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, opened an innovative major building to the public. Like the Princess of Wales Conservatory which had been opened in 1987, this – the Sir Joseph Banks Building – also had to save energy. Both the temperature and humidity inside had to remain constant, for it was to house reference plants Read more [...]
The genus, a member of the Rosaceae family, can be found in all the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The creeping, clump-forming herbaceous perennials
are often grown as decorative ground cover
as well as for their delicate fruits. Their three-lobed leaves are glossy and the white or pink flowers have five petals. The modern varieties can Read more [...]
The steeple bellflower is native to northern Italy and the north-west of the Balkans. This short-lived, erect herbaceous perennial grows up to 1 20 cm (47 in) high is usually cultivated as a biennial. It forms loose rosettes of serrated, mid-green leaves and tall, narrow spires of blue or white star-shaped flowers borne on tall stems, covered with sessile Read more [...]
The Heuchera genus, a member of the Saxifragraceae family, is native to the rocky regions of North America and is particularly common in the Rocky Mountains. H. micrantha is a bushy, evergreen herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped, grey-marbled leaves which in the ‘Palace Purple’ variety are a coppery-purple. Loose sprays of small, tubular, reddish Read more [...]
The Aruncus genus is native to the damp forests and mountains of the northern hemisphere and is a member of the Rosaceae family. It only includes three species of rhizomatous herbaceous perennials
whose long flower plumes are reminiscent of giant astilbes. Goat’s beard
is an ideal cut flower, the female plumes being creamy-white while the male ones Read more [...]
The male fern
, a member of the Dryopteridaceae family that includes about 200 species of deciduous and evergreen ferns
, is native to the forest areas of the northern hemisphere. Many of the frost-resistant varieties have very decorative, pinnate fronds and are ideal for growing in pots and containers. They prefer a position in shade or partial shade Read more [...]
This species is another member of the large Campanula genus that belongs to the Campanulaceae family, native to southern and eastern Europe and the temperate zones of Asia. It grows 80 cm (32 in) high and forms dense rosettes with very narrow leaves 7 cm (3 in) long. The large blue or white cup-shaped flowers that appear in early to mid-summer, grouped Read more [...]
Liatris spicata is native to central and eastern North America. It is not immediately apparent that L. spicata is a member of the Compositae family because its flowers are so different. Also known as button snakeroot, this low-growing herbaceous perennial forms basal tufts of grass-like leaves, the leaves on the stems becoming increasingly narrow towards Read more [...]
This species of the Campanula genus, a member of the Campanulaceae family, is native to the Carpathian mountains as the name suggests. It is a bushy plant up to 30 cm (1 2 in) high that forms dense clumps of green, heart-shaped leaves. In early summer it produces a mass of white or blue, bell-shaped flowers which are borne singly on long, leafless stems. Read more [...]
← Older posts