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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Plan Grow Your Tulip Garden

Tulip gardens are easy to create because apart their stunning beauty they are readily available, cheap and have a wide range of colors and forms. Most garden outlets and bulb catalogs sell the large-flowered garden tulips in packets of mixed colors according to group or in packets of named individual varieties. The large-flowered garden tulips are just made for use as bedding plants – they combine really well with forget-me-nots and wallflowers. They also can be used to great effect planted in scattered clumps among perennials or other bulbs. The smaller species tulips have a less choice of colors than the garden tulips, but they have a more delicate form and are ideal for rockeries and container gardens, or the front of borders.

The requirements for successfully growing tulips are:

* choosing large healthy looking bulbs

* have well drained alkaline soil

* plant in a sunny spot

The soil must be well drained and preferably alkaline; if it’s acid apply lime just before planting. Now’s also the time to add a fertilizer which releases it’s nutrients steadily to the soil and provide long lasting feed for the bulbs.

The bulbs of garden tulips and the Fosteriana and Greigii hybrids are best used as bedding plants or as group plantings in borders. Plant in early winter-if they’re put in the ground any sooner any early growth could get frost damage. Dead-head as the first petals fall, leaving the stems and leaves intact to feed the bulb. It’s best to lift the bulbs when the leaves start turning yellow, but if the site is needed for summer bedding, lift the tulips earlier, replant them in a spare corner, and lift again when the leaves have died down. Place the plants in shallow boxes and store in a dry shed.

Plant the bulbs of species and Kaufmanniana hybrid tulips in early winter, in well-drained soil in a south-facing position, sheltered from strong winds. After flowering, remove the leaves and stems as they die. Leave the bulbs in the ground and keep the area free of weeds.

Basically that’s it…just remember the main 3 points

* choose large healthy looking bulbs

* have well drained alkaline soil

* plant in a sunny spot

and lift and store all bulbs except the species and Kaufmanniana hybrids.

Tulips Of Spring

Another really great idea is to plant early tulips with other early spring flowering plants such as white anemones and red tulips the tulips will look like they are floating above a sea of white. Very attractive. You can really mix other bulbs as well that will bloom just before the tulips such as hyacinths. The hyacinths will bloom and fill the area with some early color not to mention the incredible fragrance and then be followed by the tulips.

For shade beds why not plant early spring tulips between Hostas and Astilbes as the tulips are fading these plants will come up and cover the tulips as the leaves start to fade and go brown. This is also a good way to add color that would liven up a shady area before the leaves start to emerge on the trees.

Some Quick Tips

  • Tulips like a quick draining soil they do not do well with soggy conditions
  • Usually Tulips put on their best show the first year treat them as annuals and replace every year for the best displays.
  • Always plant in thick cluster 4 or 5 bulbs wide avoid single row planting it does not look very impressive.
  • Plant your tulips at a depth that is twice the width of the bulbs usually 4″ to 6″ deep.
  • Try both complementary and contrasting color blends to draw attention to your beds.

Using these ideas will give you a beautiful array of color and a full color show next spring that will surely impress every one and really please you!

Indoor Flower Garden

1. Design: there are 3 different ways in which you can approach an indoor garden. Container gardening, hydroponic gardening or using artificial plants. Container gardening is simply keeping all of your plants in containers, it is easy to maintain and the plants can later be moved outdoors if you so wish. Hydroponic gardening is a specialized gardening that uses fertilized water and a non-soil starter. Artificial arrangements are a fantastic way to have a less time consuming yet still visually stunning indoor garden.

2. Choose a space. You need to find the perfect space in your home to put your indoor garden in. It should be a place that will encourage the plants to grow if you choose to do a natural garden. A room that has access to natural light and windows, so that the plants have access to fresh air. It is also better to not put them in a room that is too cold.

3. Choose your plants. You will need to select your plants carefully so that you can easily maintain them. It is best to choose flowers and plants that can thrive in different environments. Consider using Peace Lily and African Violet for the flowers.

4. Control your environment. Once the plants have been placed in your indoor garden, you will need to make sure to control the environment. This means maintaining the soil temperature, water and lighting. In order to save water and energy consider natural and green options to maintain your indoor garden. This could include a drip system which uses small pipes that are supplied to each plant that works on a timer. Providing your plants with exactly the right amount of water.

5. Create the space. Once you have got all of your flowers and pots in place, you then need to create the space. Unlike a garden outside, you will have more control over how exactly the plants grow and where you want them to grow. You can create a visually stunning indoor flower garden that has modern angles that will certainly create a fantastic space in your home.

Successful Seedlings

Vegetable seeds need a light, friable soil that will hold moisture, to grow. Seeds must absorb 40-60% of their weight in water to trigger germination. They also need air. When they sprout, they take up moisture from the film of water around the soil particles, they take up air from the space between those
particles. So soil quality is extremely important. Compacted soil will not allow your seeds to sprout.

A good seed raising mixture could be the answer if you are unsure of the quality of your soil. Individual ‘peat pots’ are a great invention because the whole pot goes into the ground without disturbing the roots of your baby plants.

Warmth is also important to growing from seed. Most garden seeds will germinate if soil temperature is around 20C. For colder climates seed beds must be kept warm either by having them in a sunny protected spot in or near the house (like a
porch or garage, out of the elements) or in a glass covered cold frame.

For most vegetable seeds you can expect a germination time of 6-20 days. In another 4-5 weeks, those seedlings should be transplanted into your outdoor no dig garden bed.

It’s a good idea to treat seeds with a good, all purpose fungicide (something like a Rose Dust or Tomato Dust will be fine) before planting. Place a small amount, just
the tip of a knife end, into the packet, reclose and shake until the seeds are covered. This will protect them from ‘damping off’, a common problem with very young
plants.

Care of Seedlings

Seeds must be kept moist but not wet until the seedlings emerge. This may take between 1-3 weeks, depending on the plant type.

As they grow stonger, thorough but less frequent watering is required. They will need shade when young but should be increasingly exposed to the sun so they become used to
conditions in the garden. Water in the morning rather than at night.

Your no dig garden bed should be prepared about one week before you are ready to transplant. That will give it time to settle.