Gardening ~ Page 13 din 13

Gardening secrets – how to cultivate, how to grow, how to take care of plants, trees and flowers.

Growing sprouts

Growing sprouts is a simple process. For small quantities, special equipment is not needed. First, wash and dry a standard sized canning jar and its accompanying metal ring. Next, place two tablespoons of rinsed seeds into the canning jar and cover with water. The water should be at least twice the depth of the seeds. Non-chlorinated water works best, but city tap water will do. …

A Gift From Mexico: All about Poinsettia

Long before Christmas came to the Western continents and adopted the poinsettia, Cuetlaxochitl, the plant that turned red in November and December, was cherished as a symbol of purity by the Aztecs including the last emperor, Montezuma, (1466-1520). They also had practical applications for the plant. From the pointed bracts they extracted a reddish purple dye used as a cosmetic, and the milky white latex …

My Favorites From This Year's Garden

It seems that as soon as I finish mulching the perennials in the fall, the new seed catalogs start arriving. Today Thompson & Morgan arrived in full color. While I am tempted to start dreaming about next year’s gardens, I think it’s important to steal a few minutes and jot down some notes about the plants that really performed past expectations in the garden this …

Dandelions & Potassium

Spring is here and our lawns look like they have the horticultural counterpart of the measles, but the spots are yellow, not pink. This leads to the stratification of gardeners into three groups. There are those who reach for an herbicide to get rid of dandelions, then the more environmentally concerned who pinch off seed pods and dig up what they can – and lastly …

Some Unusual Rose Conditions

This year the rose problems have been a bit different from other years. I thought it might be useful to list some of these to assist Master Gardeners when clients present problems with roses. 1. Symptoms of the first problem: In early June blossoms failed to open up normally This is referred to as “balling” of the blossoms. The edges of the petals were brown. …

The Earth: Composting

When planning your garden, have you considered what type of fertilizers you will use? Why not consider making compost for your garden? Compost is decaying organic matter that has reached a stage in its disintegration at which it is an ideal food for plants. It is the mixing of organic matter that is high in carbon, such as dried leaves, with material that is high …

Landscape Design – Masses and Voids

There is no easy way to teach landscape design and most home gardeners cringe at the thought of it, however, I’d like to introduce you to one particular landscape design concept that you might find interesting and useful, that of landscape mass and landscape void. Every landscape is made up of masses of plants and areas void of plants — areas planted and areas that …

How to save true Pepper Seed

If you want to save seed from your peppers to grow next year the following will guide you through the process. Seed Saving tips For seed to grow true (next years crop being the same as this years crop) there are two requirements: First, the seed from which this years crop was grown must not be a hybrid. Second, the flowers must be fertilized with …

Seedling Care – When the Seeds Germinate

Seeds germinate over a range of days to months. The odds are overwhelming that the seeds in each six-pack will not sprout together – and may not sprout within several weeks of each other. The seeds that haven’t sprouted need constant heat while sprouted seeds need light. Moving one seedling out of the six-pack If you followed my tip in the garden planning section you …

Germination tips for pepper seed

Germinating pepper seed requires tropical conditions. This makes sense if you remember that peppers originally came from the equatorial regions of South America. Peppers are also perennials (grow year after year as compared to an annuals which grow, produce seed then die each year). In temperate climates peppers can only be grown as annuals since they cannot survive frost and will die each winter. In …

Capsicum Baccatum – RainForest Pepper

Seed Source: I got the seed for these from Seed Savers Exchange. Originally the seed is from Brazil. Description: This is a tall plant reaching 6 feet in one season. The fruit is bell shaped measuring about 2 inches long and 1.5 inches wide and matures from green to red. The fruit is delicious both ripe and unripe, ranging in heat from medium to hot. …