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Division And Propagation

Many fibrous rooted plants, including a few shrubs and most perennials and aquatic plants can be propagated by division. It is also the bet way to keep them growing strongly and flowering well. Division is best carried out straight after the plant has flowered so that you do not miss the display the following year. However, most experts recommend dividing plants in spring or autumn, depending on how much time you have to spare in each season. Dividing in spring is probably better for plants of borderline hardiness, so that they have time to settle in before they have to face their first winter, while autumn is best for hardier types, because the soil is still warm and moist, ideal for quick establishment.

Southernwood Leaves Freshen the Air With Lemon Scent

Southernwood is a perennial shrub, Artemisia abrotanum, and a member of the aster family. Its foliage has a lemony scent that is repellent to insects and moths. Being native to southern Europe perhaps gave this herb the name southernwood.

Division Technique

The precise technique used to divide a fibrous rooted plant will depend on the type of root system it produces and how long it has been since the plant was last divided, but the principle is the same. For most perennials you should be able to ease the crown apart using two border forks pushed and pulled while back to back. This method avoids damaging the roots. For old, neglected plants that have produced a solid mass of roots you will need to use a sharp spade to slice the crown into sections. Some plants produce a loose mass of roots that can be teased apart by hand.

Dividing Perennials

Choose a dry day when the soil is still moist but workable. Lay out a plastic sheet in a clear space, such as on the lawn or nearby patio, to work on. Then clear as much old foliage from the plant to be divided as possible so that you can clearly see what you are doing. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil around the plant, and then carefully move it on to the plastic sheet. Choose your tool such as spade, border forks or old kitchen knife, and split the old crown into smaller chunks, each will need a proportion of the shoots and roots.

Steps Involved in Growing Seedless Grapes

The process of growing seedless grapes developed when someone discovered a grapevine that had extremely tiny seeds. The varieties of grape were bred by finding other variety and pollinate them with the ones with seeded crops. As each crop grows, grape growers discovered mutations occurring where the seeds became extremely small and have softer seed coat and somehow disappeared altogether. Today, seedless grapes grow both in warm and cooler climates.

A New Years Garden Resolution List

Each year as Christmas starts to fade and the new year is rushing towards us people all over the world are busy scratching out promises to make changes in their lifestyles, habits, and what have you. Many people are quite successful at these while others give up a few days weeks or months into their resolutions.

Responsible Gardening Reaps Countless Blessings

Gardening has plenty of benefits especially when done just at your own backyard. It can provide you with free and fresh fruits and vegetables if in your garden you grow these types of plants. You can also enjoy the smell of scented flowers and be amazed with the splendor of blooming ornamental plants that gives your backyard a daily refreshing look.

What Should Tomato Plants Be Like When Buying Them

Homegrowers find that buying their tomato plants saves a lot of time and if they are very busy people this is very advantageous. However, there are some drawbacks as well as some benefits to buying tomato seedlings. Find our more about that so that you can make an informed decision.

Springtime Garden Chores – Love It, Leave It, Just Do It!

I know, I can see your eyes rolling and hear you groaning more work. Wait a minute, hang in there; it isn’t really work if you love gardening. These are simply steps we need to take in preparation for our Spring Garden, our Best Spring Garden.

Winter Gives Gardeners a Perfect Opportunity to Prepare for Spring

Constant rain is rare during January in Southern California, which means there are plenty of sunny days to work in the garden and prepare for a successful spring growing season. Local nurseries have an assortment of well-priced bare root fruit trees and roses in stock to plant. January is also a good time to prune existing dormant trees.

Garden Stakes – Every Good Garden Needs Them

Most people will tend to buy garden stakes to provide support to various plants that they are growing. However what many people do not realize is that they are suitable for many other purposes.

How to Use Mulch

We all know what mulch is. We see it as the by-product when we mow our lawn or when we process our yard wastes using a shredder, chipper or mulcher. It’s common knowledge that mulch is beneficial to the soil, but do you know how to use mulch properly?

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