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The Benefits of a Small Tiller

Small garden tillers are becoming the must have tool for home gardeners. Find out how a mini tiller can benefit your garden.

3 Tips for Growing a Great Garden

To grow a great garden you need to pay attention to three major facts. Find out what you need to do to be a successful gardener.

Making the Most of Small Space Gardening

Do you think that you can’t garden just because you have a small space? Never fear! You can garden almost anywhere. It just takes a little planning and creativity!

Joseph’s Coat Rose

If you wish to add vibrant colors to your garden, there is no better choice than Joseph’s Coat Rose. Bred in 1964 in United States by David L. Armstrong and Herbert C. Swim, this lovely flower won the Bagatelle Gold Medal in the very same year.

Compound And French Layering

Some plants, especially climbers such as clematis, wisteria and honey suckle; produce long, flexible shoots that can be layered several times along their length. The stem is buries at several points along its length, with the growing tip out of the ground, as for simple layering. Make sure that each loop of the stem exposed above the soil has at least one bud. Separate and plant out the layers once rooted. Some multi stemmed shrubs, such as dog wood and acres, can be layered by burying the entire stem just below the surface of the soil.

Simple Layering And Propagation

This easy method of propagation is a useful way of increasing some shrubs and climbers that cannot readily be propagated from cuttings. Simple layering is a method of getting a growing shoot to produce roots while it is still attached to the parent plant. There are several variations of the technique, and the one you use will depend on the plant and the type of growth it produces. To make a simple layer choose a strong, actively growing shoot that is representative of the plant and showing no signs of pest or disease attack.

Spring Gardening Tasks

Spring is the time to prepare your garden for the season. The time spent in your yard will help ensure a gorgeous yard all summer and help you shake the winter blues!

Garden Composting: How to Make Hot Compost

A hot, active, or fast compost pile is one that is working hard, decomposing raw materials. The temperature is high, killing unwanted diseases and weeds, and you end up with finished compost quickly, in as little as two weeks. How do you make hot compost? Here are some answers.

Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden doesn’t need to be the eyesore of your yard. Make it beautiful and let your visitors enjoy it!

Making A Border Propagator

Summer cuttings are easy to root and need no special equipment. You can root most types in a simple border propagator in the garden. Choose a position in a sheltered spot in light shade for most of the day. Dig a trench two inches deep about ten inches wide and fill it with sharp sand. Make hoops 20 to 25 inches out of stiff wire, old coat hangers works really well. Insert the prepared cuttings into the sand and water well. Push wire hoops every six inches along the trench and cover with a piece of opaque or white plastic, such as a plastic bag, which should be buried in the soil on one side and held down with bricks at the ends and along the other side.

Autumn And Winter Cuttings

When plants go dormant in winter some can still propagated from hardwood cuttings and a few from root cuttings. This is the easiest way of propagating some deciduous trees and shrubs. There are a few popular plants that are difficult to propagate by other methods. Some of these can be raised successfully from root cuttings, which are taken during the dormant season. You can either lift a whole plant of leave it in the ground or dig around the edges to find suitable cuttings material. Select vigorous, healthy roots of about pencil thickness if possible and cut from the parent plant.

Summer Cuttings

During the summer months you can increase your stock of many shrubs, climbers and perennials using semi ripe and heel cuttings. This is one of the easiest ways to propagate plants and is usually successful. When plant growth begins to slow down in summer, new shoots start to ripen and turn woody at the base, and are suitable for semi ripe cuttings. To test that the plant is at the correct stage of development, hold the main stem ready and bend the shoot over. If the shoot breaks it is either too soft and sappy or too hard and woody, but if it springy and returns to its original position when you let go, it is at just the right stage of development.

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