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Save money by swapping your ornamental garden plants for food producers

With the price of fresh and frozen vegetables in the shops rising not only year by year but almost week by week, no wonder so many gardeners are stripping out ornamental plants or taking large areas of the lawn up in order to grow their own vegetables. Food prices really rocketed in 1976 because of…

BEST TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Trees And Shrubs

BEST TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Acer (maple). Trees in this genus range from forest specimens to mere shrubs. The main appeal of the smaller trees is their vivid autumn colouring, attractive bark and winged fruits. Mostly they need moist, well-drained, lime-free soil, plus protection from direct sunlight and cold, drying winds. There are many attractive forms of A.japonicum and A….

Growing Apples Successfully
Apples

Growing Apples Successfully

Type of tree: Bush, standard, half-standard, cordon and espalier. Pollination: At least two apple trees are necessary to produce fruit. Climate preferred: Temperate. Aspect: Any. Early cooking apples can be grown against north-facing walls. Ideal Soil: Well-drained ordinary soil which does not dry out excessively in summer. Yield: 10 cordons will produce 20kg (441b) of…

GROWING TIPS FOR SALSIFY and SCORZONERA
Vegetable Growing

GROWING TIPS FOR SALSIFY and SCORZONERA

Sowing to harvest time: 26 to 30 weeks. Yield: 3kg (6.5 lb) to a 3m (10ft) row. Climate preferred: Cool temperate to subtropical. Aspect: Open and sunny or partially shaded. Soil: Any, provided it is well-drained. Salsify, which is white-skinned, has a distinctive, somewhat fishy taste. Hence its other name: the vegetable oyster.  Scorzonera, which…

How to Cultivate Herbs
Herbs

How to Cultivate Herbs

HERBS As any good cook will soon tell you, even with all these vegetables in our gardens, there are some vital ingredients missing – herbs. These plants and shrubs take up little space and are invaluable in the kitchen for flavouring food. There is room in every garden to grow a few herbs – they…

Legumes

How to Cultivate Peas

Peas are excellent summer crops, which need a deeply cultivated soil. The first crop should be sown on light soil in a sunny, sheltered spot, in February. On heavy soil, however, this sowing should be left till March. Successional crops may be sown up to Juno. The seeds should be sown thinly in broad drills….

How to Cultivate Broccoli
Broccoli

How to Cultivate Broccoli

Sprouting broccoli – calabrese (or green), purple and white varieties. Sowing to harvest time: 12 to 16 weeks for calabrese; 40 weeks for purple and white varieties. Yield: Calabrese, up to 0.9kg (21b) per plant; other varieties, average 0.45 kg (1 lb) per plant. Climate preferred: Cool temperate to sub-tropical. Aspect: Open, but sheltered from…

CULTIVATING ROSES
Roses

CULTIVATING ROSES

THE queen of the garden likes to be treated in a royal manner. In other words, roses are best grown in a separate section of the garden. They do not like to be jostled by other flowering plants. The reason for this is that the rose, being shrubby in nature, likes plenty of air and…

Lawn Mowers
Accessories and Tools

Lawn Mowers

Once your new grass – whether grown from seed or turf – has reached a height of 5 cm (2 in) it can be cut lightly with a mower to reduce it to 2.5 cm (1 in). This first cut should be made when the grass is perfectly dry, and the clippings should be collected…

USEFUL FUNCTIONS OF TREES
Trees And Shrubs

USEFUL FUNCTIONS OF TREES

Today, we realize that, besides being a source of raw materials, trees are of even greater importance for their role in the regulation of climate, water management, hygiene, health, recreation; and, last but not least, in beautifying the environment. The past century has witnessed a rapid increase in world population, and the progress of science…

Box elder Acer negundo
Trees And Shrubs

Box elder Acer negundo

Aceraceae The Box-elder is a native of North America, where it has a wide range of distribution, extending from California to Florida and northwards to Canada. It was introduced into Europe in 1688, and today is cultivated throughout the entire Continent, tolerating even the climate of northern Europe. In some areas it is well naturalized…

False Acacia or Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia L.
Trees And Shrubs

False Acacia or Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia L.

Leguminosac The false acacia is a native of North America, where it grows in mixed broad-leaved woods from Pennsylvania to Georgia and Oklahoma. It was named after the French botanist Jean Robin, who introduced it into Europe in 1601. Today, it is widespread throughout western, central, eastern and southern Europe and in some areas is…

London Plane Platanus x hispanica (P. x acerifolia WILD.)
Trees And Shrubs

London Plane Platanus x hispanica (P. x acerifolia WILD.)

Platanaceae The London plane tree is a natural hybrid between the oriental plane (Platanus orientalis L.), and the American plane or buttonwood (Platanus occidentalis L.),and was first recorded about 1663. It is more resistant to frost than the parent trees and thus widespread throughout Europe all the way to the Baltic Sea. It is a…

Whitebeam Sorbus aria
Trees And Shrubs

Whitebeam Sorbus aria

Rosaceae The whitebeam is widespread in southern, central and western Europe, including Great Britain, the southern tip of Sweden marking the northernmost limit of its range. Throughout this area, however, it occurs fairly sparsely. A light-demanding and warmth-loving species, it is often found growing on chalk or limestone hills facing south. In such conditions, it…