Fruit Growing In Smaller Areas

Fruits can be successfully grown in confined spaces, and produce crops within one to three years after planting. While they generally crop best in sunny positions, gooseberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries grow satisfactorily in light shade. Shelter from cold north and east winds, particularly at flowering time, is necessary to ensure pollination and fruit set….

Gardening For Food

Gardening For Food

The cultivation of vegetable and fruit crops provides healthy exercise, helps the housekeeping budget and produces good, wholesome food. For ease of cultivation and crop-rotation planning, vegetable crops are divided into three types; pod, bulb and stem crops (beans, peas, onions, leeks and celery); root crops (potatoes, turnips, carrots, beetroot); and green crops (cabbage, Brussels…

Understanding The Soil

Understanding The Soil

The soil type greatly influences the range of plants which can be grown. Most rhododendrons, for example, cannot tolerate chalky soil, while clematis absolutely thrive on it. The basic soil types are listed below, and all can be made to produce good crops or ornamental displays, given suitable soil management and improvement. LOAM The ideal…

How To Grow Walnuts

How To Grow Walnuts

Soil and Situation. Walnuts will succeed in most soils that are not waterlogged, or very poor and liable to dry out severely in summer. Prefer open, sunny places. Planting. As for apples. Space trees at least 30 ft. apart. Forms of Training. Almost invariably grown as standards. Often planted for ornament as well as utility….

Best way to Grow Pears In Cooler Climates

Best way to Grow Pears In Cooler Climates

Planting and cultivation Success with pears depends largely on your choosing the best possible varieties for your district. The world famous ‘Conference’ and ‘William’s Bon Chretien’ are the best choice for cold, higher altitude areas or exposed coastal districts. The soil should be improved by the addition of plenty of compost. Every early spring feed…

Cardoons

Cardoons

Cardoons are ornamental plants grown for their blanched stems, which are used, both cooked and raw, in salads. Plants may be raised from seed sown in a warm greenhouse or in a frame in April, two or three seeds in each 3-in. pot. Reduce seedlings to one per pot and harden off for planting out…

Best Organic Manures

Best Organic Manures

Manure from Stable and Byre. Bulky manures of this type contain nitrogen, phosphates, and potash, but not in the right proportions for all plants. Consequently it is necessary to ‘balance’ these animal manures with appropriate chemicals. Animal manures, by virtue of the humus they produce, improve the texture of the soil, making light soils more…

Plant Propagation

Plant Propagation

Plant propagation is one of the most exciting of all forms of garden activity. To the pleasure of planning and planting—the arrangement of beauty—can be added the thrill of raising Fresh plants from seed and multiplying cuttings; and, when we become experienced gardeners, of raising new varieties by cross-breeding Before describing details of the various…

Beans and peas–Quick Tips

Beans and peas–Quick Tips

Ignore people who tell you to sow peas at carefully spaced intervals. Sow them thickly in wide trenches and they will need little support as the plants will help hold each other up. Choose one of the semi-leafless varieties like ‘Bikini’ and they will need no support. When erecting poles to support runner beans or…

Soil Testing

Soil Testing

Before you go and buy seeds and plants, you need to know your soil and what plants it will suit. Old or new, large or small, level or sloping, random or regular in shape, urban or rural in situation — and the two sides of many other coins can be tossed when it comes to…

Setting Up A Herb Garden

Setting Up A Herb Garden

Herbs fascinate me. I find romance in their histories and take delight in their names. Think, for example, of Rosemary: Ros-marinus, from the Latin ros, dew, and marinus, the sea. The common rosemary, R. officinalis, was most probably introduced to Britain in Roman times and has been widely grown here ever since as a culinary…