, 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 breeders, 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 [...]
genus includes about 400 species of usually succulent, evergreen or deciduous annuals
, herbaceous perennials
, sub-shrubs and shrubs. Most species are native to the mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere.
Wall-pepper is a typical representative of the mat-forming
, evergreen, frost-hardy species. The fleshy leaves form Read more [...]
is often called ‘The Queen of the Autumn’, and well deserves the name. A great diversity of form and colour can be produced indoors from October until January, when such beauty is hard to find. Another attraction is its adaptability to different treatments and the way in which the grower’s interest is invited Read more [...]
The genus Aubrieta is a member of the Cruciferae family, an evergreen, cushion-forming perennial that grows in the wild from the Mediterranean to the Balkans as far as Asia Minor
. In spring it produce dense clusters of flowers that may be in shades of blue or red, depending on the species and variety. Much loved by butterflies, aubretias are ideally Read more [...]
IF all goes well, the buds should arrive in due course at the apex of each stem, and will be surrounded by other buds or leafy growths. To obtain the finest results it is necessary to remove all growths except the chosen bud, and this process is known as ‘securing the bud’. Removal must be gradual, for if all unwanted growths were taken off at once Read more [...]
One of the reasons for growing a plant against a wall is to give some extra protection to plants that would be killed or damaged by a winter in the open. Some of these plants may need additional cover in their first few winters, until they become established.
It is difficult to cover completely half-hardy or tender shrubs which have grown to more Read more [...]
Are you one of those people who tend to forget watering now and again or never have time to do so? This is not the end of the world because we shall suggest a few plants here that can survive short or longer periods of drought without any problem.
such as sedums
, sempervivums and saxifrages are all native to the dry desert and mountain regions Read more [...]
PERHAPS NOTHING IS MORE WELCOME in the garden than the first sightings of spring flowers to mark the end of the drab days of winter.
Snowdrops are ideally grown in a woodland situation although they will prosper in cool, moist soil
at the base of a sunless wall. Here they look splendid in contrast to the deep red leaves of bergenia.
Anemone blanda Read more [...]
AMONGST THE LOVELIEST and most desirable of summer flowers are those which will not withstand frost. Less-hardy plants make excellent subjects for pots and containers. Grouped together on a terrace or beside a door they can form an attractive feature.
Lobelia syphilitica - These elegant blue spires would enhance most situations. Read more [...]
Dicentra spectabilis is a widely distributed, hardy herbaceous perennial that produces red and white, heart-shaped flowers borne on arching stems in late spring and summer. It is a member of the Papaveraceae family and is native to the eastern part of North America. Bleeding heart grows about 80 cm (32 in) high and makes an excellent container plant Read more [...]
Armeria is a genus with 80 bushy, cushion-forming, evergreen herbaceous perennials
that belong to the Plumbaginaceae. The common thrift grows in the coastal regions of Europe and is often planted in rockeries, flowerbeds, pots and large containers. This grass-like herbaceous perennial with narrow, dark green leaves bears white, pink or purple flower Read more [...]
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