Hemerocallis

Question: We just moved from the east coast where our Hemerocallis (day lily) always was a color treat in our landscape. Now that we have settled into the mid-west and ready to start planting can we include the day lily Hemerocallis as a part of... Read More...

Viburnum fragrans – The Fragrant Viburnum

Among the choice company of hardy shrubs with winter bloom, none is more pleasing than Viburnum fragrans. During mild weather the flower buds expand into 2-inch clusters of the delightfully fragrant pink flowers. This may be as early as January,... Read More...

Orchids In An Apartment

When we tell our friends that we grow orchids they look at us with pity. as if to say, “It’s only temporary insanity – they’ll get over it.” For we are not country dwellers blessed with a greenhouse and the ideal conditions... Read More...

Soil Heating Cable

Would you like to speed propagation of a favorite plant? Grow a few “hothouse” plants in a “cool” greenhouse? Accelerate growth on plants in outdoor frames? Get a head start on your seed grown annuals and vegetables, or hasten... Read More...

Coldframe Gardening

Coldframe gardening allows you to get a head start on spring by adding heating equipment to your coldframe this month. Any one of several methods of supplying heat will turn your coldframe into a hotbed. Both a coldframe and a hotbed are constructed... Read More...

How To Build a Water Lily Pond

A pond or water garden… Probably the reason more gardeners don’t grow water lilies is the mistaken idea that they are difficult, and making a pool or pond and including water gardening components like a waterfalls and lighted fountains... Read More...

Try Water-lilies for “Arm Chair” Gardening

Water Lilies – How We Do Them This isn’t meant to be a treatise on water-lily culture or of varieties. The growers catalogs, which you should get, or searching online will give you all of that information a customer would need. Like... Read More...

Fertilizer – Know Your Plant Food

To get the most from your fertilizer dollar, keep clearly in mind why you are fertilizing. Each fertilizer has a definite purpose. The one you should use depends upon your soil, the plants you grow, and the results you expect. Is your soil friable... Read More...

Organic Fertilizer

Organic fertilizers high in nitrogen are manure, cotton seed meal, guano, and the by-products of slaughter houses – bone meal, tankage, and dried blood. The best organic sources of phosphoric acid are bone meal and rock phosphates. Potash... Read More...

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