Tassel Fern for Rare Beauty in the Landscape

tassel fern2The tassel fern in itself is a rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and for any gardener this would sure be the first priority when it comes to adding beauty and elegance to the garden.

The tassel fern known botanically as” Polystichum polyblepharum” gives us a lush evergreen presence evenduring the winters. polyblepharum actually means many eyelashes.

A typical native to Japan and Korea but this fern is exceptionally adaptable that you will always consider it to be a native.It is cold hardy to zone 5 and yet can thrive in filtered-light areas in zone 9. Like many ferns, it does need moist, fertile, organic-rich soil that is well drained. And to your pleasure and relief, this fern is not on the diet for the deer. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Window-Boxes-Gardening Tips

window boxes gardeningGardening with window boxes is as good as the raised-bed-gardening. Growing lovely colors, vegetables, edibles, and even fragrance becomes easy with window-boxes.

“Window boxes are convenient containers,” said David Trinklein, a horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension. “Plant them with herbs, for example, and you won’t have to go outside to bring in the harvest.”

If are fighting for enough space for gardening just explore the possibilities of putting window-boxes at some places like wall-points, windows etc. Window boxes are ideally suited for small, shallow-rooted plants like radishes, lettuce, marigolds, impatiens, pansies, begonias, parsley, basil, sage and thyme. Read the rest of this entry

toxic plants for animalsWith spring gardening season around many gardeners must be planning and working out with their landscapes, home gardens, and farms. Generally the landscape plant choices are based on aesthetics and hardiness. However, you should never neglect the plant toxicity. Even if owners plant trees, shrubs, and flowers well out of pastured or stalled horses’ reach, the animals could still be exposed. Strong winds, storms, and flooding, for instance, can carry branches and other plant materials into pastures. Horses also can escape from confinement and gain access to areas normally out of reach. Garden workers might discard plant trimmings in pastures, unaware of how toxic some can be.

Trees to avoid are red maple and other maples, wild cherry, black walnut, black locust, oak, Kentucky coffee tree, buckeye, golden chain tree, mimosa, persimmon, chinaberry, tung nut, and cycad palms. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Summer

climatisIt’s time to ready the garden for summer. The preparation you make now will help you enjoy the garden later.

The first step is to clean up the lawn and the beds. Take out the rake and make sure the leaves are off the lawn and the perennial beds, and make sure they don’t cover the area where you will soon plant annuals. Pick up any tree limbs that landed on the lawn, driveway or walkways.

Pruning often contributes to a healthier tree or shrub, but each plant has its pruning time. A rhododendron or azalea, which are shrubs that bloom in the spring, need pruning in mid-summer after their flowers have gone.

Dead limbs of trees and shrubs need to be cut so that the plant will enjoy more vigor. Since such limbs only burden the plant, cutting them off helps the plant as the growing season progresses. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Planting Tips For Summers

plantingPerfect watering to the plants during spring and very specially during the  hot summers is really crucial to the health of your new plants. Gardeners this time must be investing serious efforts in to getting seeds propagated, re-potted and ready for the garden. To see them fail is demoralizing indeed.

Even a little negligence would be disastrous. Planting in the heat of summer need not be a horticultural death sentence. Timing is the key factor here.  Never plant young seedlings at noon. Wait until the afternoon or even after dinner when it’s cooler.

Be extremely cautious about preparing the soil. Some plants can handle being abandoned in a gravel and clay chunk mix but most will not. Soil tilth or texture is important, so make sure that the soil is a nice crumbly loam to get your plants off to a good start. In new soils add plenty of gypsum, which will improve soil tilth and provide a good base for other nutrients and trace elements to survive in. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Supertunia Flowers This Spring

supertuniasSpring blossoms with petunias in almost every garden and makes out a lovely landscape. However, you should also know that the supertunias or the genetically improved petunias are even better in many ways. Whether used as spreading plants in the landscape or as container and hanging basket plants, supertunias have always been good performers.

Vista Bubblegum with its clear, bright pink flowers is one of the great looking varities of supertunias. Vista Silverberry has silvery-white flowers with delicate magenta veins. Raspberry Blast is a bicolor variety with pink flowers edged in deep violet. Pricilla is a semi-double lavender flower that has purple veins.

Supertunia plants have a mature diameter of at least 24 inches. Supertunias also work well in combination containers. Salmon-colored Bermuda Beach Supertunia, variegated ivy and light green Sweet Caroline sweet potato vine make a dynamic combination. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect No-Till Gardening Tips

no till gardeningSpring gardening is never complete without vegetable gardening. It would be a good practice to plant a few vegetables now with a little precaution that you also need to protect young seedlings from just in case frost or light freeze during the early spring time.

This is also the best time to start preparing your garden and explore if you can avoid tilling this year. You also need to be careful of the garden weeds and ways to control it as this would otherwise cause much harm to vegetables. Do not try over-applying the harsh chemicals.

No-till gardening involves seeding or planting directly into the soil, using some type of mulch cover. When tilling a garden, it turns up not only the soil, but also the “seed bank”, those weed seeds that are under the ground and just waiting for a bit of sun, oxygen and a little water to begin growing. If you use no-till, these seeds remain undisturbed for the most part, so the possibility of a less weedy garden is much better. Read the rest of this entry

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