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    Growing Cucumbers

    growing cucumbers Cucumbers With cucumbers, 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 [...]

    19. May 2013 by admin
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    Growing Cucumbers Indoors

    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 [...]

    19. May 2013 by admin
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    How to Grow Cucumbers Including the Cordon Cucumber

    how-to-grow-cucumbers 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 [...]

    04. December 2010 by admin
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    Guide to Growing Brussels Sprouts

    guide to growing brussels sprouts 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 [...]

    03. December 2010 by admin
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    Guide to Growing Lettuces

    Guide-to-Growing-Lettuces 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 [...]

    01. December 2010 by admin
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    Plantain lily: Hosta

    The genus Hosta is native to Japan and China and includes hardy, herbaceous perennials that are grown mainly for their decorative foliage. Formerly included in the Liliaceae family, they now belong to the Hostaceae family which was created specially for them. The often strongly textured, broad, lanceolate leaves appear in shades of blue-green, yellow-green, Read more [...]

    02. May 2020 by admin
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    Growing Soft Fruit: Strawberries and raspberries, tayberries, blackberries

    ? Fruit growing can be very rewarding, and you don’t need a huge garden or an orchard, either. Almost all fruits prefer a sunny position, but they can be trained to fit in with other planting. Some fruits can be grown in tubs and even rampant blackberries can be trained on wires so that they don’t take over. You could even train them over an arch, Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Oregano: Origanum laevigatum

    Origanum is a genus of herbaceous perennials, native to the Mediterranean and south-west Asia. It is especially known as a culinary herb through two species in particular, O. vulgare (oregano) and O. majorana (marjoram).
    A member of the Labiatae family, oregano is grown not only for its aromatic fragrance but also for its dark green, often bluish or Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Growing Vegetables and Soft Fruit: Starting a Kitchen Garden

    ? Fruit and vegetables are particularly rewarding to grow and with concerns increasing over food production using chemicals, many people are reverting to growing a few organic vegetables of their own. You don’t have to have a huge garden or allotment to grow salad crops and you can even grow some new potatoes in containers or plastic bags to use Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Alpine aster: Aster alpinus

    Aster alpinus is a spreading hardy herbaceous perennial that grows throughout Europe and Asia. It is a member of the Compositae family and grows about 20 cm (8 in) high. The daisy-like flowers that are borne singly on mostly branched stems appear in early summer. Depending on the species, the flowers come in a variety of colours but always with yellow Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Aster dumosus: Aster dumosus

    This species is native to Europe and North America and there are many varieties of this herbaceous perennial 25-30 cm (10-12 in) high. The daisy-like flowers are borne in loose clusters on erect, mostly branched stems. Aster dumosus forms round, cushion-shaped rosettes with white, pink, carmine, violet and blue flowers depending on the variety; for Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Variegated Foliage Plants: Geogenanthus, Hypoestes, Iresine, Maranta. Pandanus, Peperomia, Pilea, Rhoeo

    Geogenanthus undatus The heart-shaped leaves of the seersucker plant from Peru look as though they had been run up on a sewing machine. As well as the puckered and quilted effect, the leaves are also adorned with mid and dark green wavy lines and a metallic sheen, while the undersides have a purplish-red tinge. It might seem that no other special effect Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Temperate Trees at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew

    Temperate trees are so much part of the scene at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, that to list them all would result in a catalogue of scientific names. In the northern part of the Arboretum (which includes the original 1759 botanic garden), trees are planted in mixed decorative groups. Elsewhere, they are arranged by genera; thus Fagus (beech), Read more [...]

    01. May 2020 by admin
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    Variegated Foliage Plants: Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Euonymus and Fittonia

    euonymous japonicus Dieffenbachia picta This rather fleshy plant has quite large green and cream leaves. It comes from Brazil, but, according to some sources, its Latin name may commemorate a famous Austrian gardener: according to others two Germans. Its common name, dumb cane, is more easily explained: the stems of the plant contain calcium oxalate which, if it gets Read more [...]

    30. April 2020 by admin
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    Polystichum acrostichoides Fern

    ? The shield ferns are to be found in woods and under hedges in many temperate parts of the world, but that is no reason for not welcoming them in our homes. Polystichum acrostichoides, which is also known as the holly fern, is an attractive, bushy plant, with dark green, glossy fronds up to two feet (60 cm) long. Polystichum tsus-simense, from China Read more [...]

    30. April 2020 by admin
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