HOW TO PROPAGATE THE SAFFRON CROCUS Although found in the bulb section of most plant retailers come autumn, the saffron crocus actually grows from compressed underground stems known as corms. These specialised stems come complete with dormant buds, each one capable of growing into a genetically identical plant. Each year one new corm will grow on top of the old one, together with some smaller ones which will grow from the base of the plant. These smaller juvenile corms are known as cormels. Their resemblance to a typical bulb is so similar that the difference isn't particularly important until you come to vegetatively propagate from it. If you originally grew your crocus from pre-packed corms, you will be able to lift these after three years growth for propagation, breaking off these smaller outer corms away from the mother plant.
How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Learn how after the jump... According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. All that is required:
Easy Chart on How to Use the Herbs from your Garden…and Spices Too! « Home Grown Edible Landscapes Jun 14 I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy growing herbs I admit sometimes I can’t remember the best ways to use them in my kitchen! This chart from might help! Want to print out a copy? Click HERE! Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant One of the characteristics of a truly sustainable garden is that it produces at least some of its own seed. This is most often done when gardeners select, harvest and store seeds until the proper time for planting the following year. But some self-seeding crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower and mature, and set seed, you will always have free plants growing in your garden.
Propagating and Starting Potatoes Sunday, 13 March 2011 10:35 Seeds growing from seed is almost unknown (GV) seed potatoes, which are small potatoes saved from last season's crop are the preferred method of starting potatoes How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge. If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine!Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? Collapse!Building the Greenhouse Doors is addressed in a separate article – isn’t this enough for one weekend?
Guy Creates Trees That Grow 40 Different Fruits Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree.
Growing Sunflowers What Should I Do? A perfect addition to any garden by Phil Williams Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:46 AM Your independent guide to pear tree Doyenne du Comice Hoggs Fruit Manual dates back to the 1880s but as far as pear trees are concerned there is no other source of information which provides more useful information on what we now call Heritage varieties of pears. For this reason we quote below the relevant entry from that book in its entirety below. Click here to skip this information to go to our own unbiased review of this variety of pear tree further down this page. "Fruit, large, three inches wide and three and a half half inches high; pyrimidal and obovate, sometimes rather uneven in its outline. Skin, lemon-yellow, with a greenish tinge, considerably coloured with speckles and patches of pale brown russet and particularly so around the eye and the stalk ....... Flesh, yellowish white, very tender, buttery and melting, very juicy, rich, sweet and delicately perfumed with a sort of cinnamon flavour.
Pumpkins and Winter Squash- Harvesting and Storage There are few things better than pumpkins and winter squash to brighten the fall and winter dinner table. Almost nothing is more satisfying than growing them yourself. With the right knowledge, you can turn your harvest into satisfying and nutritious fare for months. Check for Ripeness How do you know if your pumpkins and squash are ripe and ready to pick? Mature fruit will be fully colored.
Neem Insect Spray: Making And Using Neem Garden Spray When making your own neem insect spray you can adjust the concentration to the purpose and situation. There are no hard and fast rules, only guidelines. Some insects are more persistent than others. A preventative neem spray can be weaker than one used for fighting a severe infestation. How to Grow Pears - GardenFocused.co.uk If you grow a pear tree from a seed and leave it to grow on its own roots you will end up with a massive tree which can easily reach 6m to 7m (20ft to 23ft) high. The fruit will be well out of the reach for picking unless a ladder is used, it will cast a large amount of shadow and will suck up moisture and nutrients from a wide area. Another, often ignored, problem with large pear trees is that they are difficult and sometimes impossible to spray with pesticides. These disadvantages are not the ideal for almost all UK gardeners!
Persimmon Provisions Persimmons can persists after the leaves drop making them easy to spot. Persimmons: Pure Pucker Power About the only bad thing you can say about a persimmon is that it has pucker power, if you pick it at the wrong time. You’ll have competition for ripe persimmons. What most people don’t know is that the persimmon is the North American ebony, Diospyros virginiana (dye-OSS-pih-ross ver-jin-nee-AY-nuh.)