Weird Plants

Weird Plants

We had a very strange weekend. In keeping with that theme the first article for this week will explore some very strange looking plants that you may want to include in your garden. Solanum mammosum is the botanical term for a very strange looking plant indeed. It is...
Cool Plants: Orchids

Cool Plants: Orchids

When people speak of orchids, they usually have the type in mind that are used in flower arrangements and for a corsage. This type is the common cymbidium orchid, but in fact orchids are the largest and most diverse of the flowering plants, with some 25,000 –...
Fungi in the Garden

Fungi in the Garden

Rather than dump chemicals all over your garden, you may want to explore the option of mycorrhizal fungi. This stuff has been around for ages. It was discovered by man in the 1800s, and well-documented by the 1930s. This type of fungi develops a symbiotic relationship...
Tips for Approaching Spring

Tips for Approaching Spring

Spring is coming, and here are some tips for what to start doing before the season arrives… Repotting It is vitally important that you do this at the start of spring. Plants that are getting too big for their containers need to be up-sized, as 90% of their...
Using Wood Ash in the Garden

Using Wood Ash in the Garden

Wood ash can be beneficial to the soil of your garden. If you have a combustion heater, or use an open fire in your home, collecting the wood ash is a good idea, as it can be utilized, rather than discarded. Using ash as a liming agent Wood ash basically consists of...
Caring for Roses in Spring

Caring for Roses in Spring

Roses are among the most popular plants around, and it’s not hard to see why. In addition to the tradition of roses across the past 5000 years of cultivation, the rose has a beautiful perfume and color. For cut flowers they are hard to beat. Roses require the...