Saturday , October 21 2017

Planting Shrubs in Containers

As all plants, shrubs can be grown in containers. The main period for planting shrubs in containers is late summer to autumn. When you are planting a new bought shrub or transplanting one that you already have, you should choose the new container with 5 cm larger in depth and diameter than the previous one. If you are using an old container, scrub its inside surface thoroughly before filing to avoid propagation of any possible diseases that it may contain from the previous plant.

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Fruits in a Small Garden

Having a small garden it does not mean that you cannot grow fruiting trees. There are many ways to make the most of a limited space for fruit growing so that it provides a high yield and is an attractive feature. Fruiting trees for small gardens should be carefully chosen so they will only occupy the space you planed for them but they will also provide you a good crop.

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Planting Perennials

When planting a garden, the most plants that we will plant will be perennials. Perennials grown in containers may be planted into the garden at any time of the year as long as the soil is workable, but the best seasons for planting remain spring and autumn.

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Plant Bedding Plants to a Design

Planting a bed or border to a design is a job that must be done with care. After you have finished the design and decided what plants you will use in your planting scheme, check all the plants against the plant to make sure you have them all.

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Selecting Water Plants

Like any other plants, water plants should be clean, fresh-looking and vigorous. Look for specimens that are growing in tanks that are free from duckweed and algae to avoid introducing them into your pond. Also check the plants to see if the undersides of the leaves are free from jelly-like deposits of snails or whelk eggs and that there are no strands of blanket-weed in the foliage. Once you will involuntary introduce these to you pond it will be hard to get rid of them.

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Trees in Containers

In spaces where you cannot plant trees directly into the ground, like roof gardens, patios or courtyard gardens, you can grow trees in containers. This is the quickest way to create a well-established appearance, by adding height and structure to the design. Growing trees in large containers, like pots or tubs, will greatly extend their design potential.

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Dead-heading Roses

Dead-heading a flowering plant means to remove faded flowers. The purpose of doing this is to stimulate the earliest possible development of new, young shoots and further blooms throughout the flowering season. On roses, once a rose flower has been fertilized it will soon fade and if left on the plant it may delay the production of new shoots below the old flower cluster.

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Pomegranates

Pomegranates (Punica granatum) form small and ornamental trees or shrubs that will grow up to 2-3 m tall and 1-1.5 m wide. In warm climates they are evergreen but in cooler climates they are deciduous. For growing pomegranates as ornamental trees you will need an optimum temperature range of 18-25 Celsius degrees (64-77) but it might tolerate for short periods temperatures just below freezing. For having them fruiting they will need dry weather and high temperatures, ideally around 35 Celsius degrees (96 F). The globular fruits are up to 10 cm in diameter with leathery, yellow or red skins.

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Stocking with Fish

If you have a pond in your garden, sooner or later you will want to add some fish into it or other water creatures. Of course you will have wildlife visitors but you might want to have some permanent living creatures in your pond.

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Alpine Strawberries

Alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca ‘Semperflorens’) are a great addition to any fruit garden, especially in small ones. With their small, fragrant, sweetly flavored fruits they make a neat and attractive edging for any flower border or vegetable plots. Their fruits can be round or long, red or white, depending on the cultivar, but all of them are well flavored. They also grow well in containers.

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