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Type of rose based on bloom petals

Rose can be classified in five types based on number of petals in blooms. Single: blooms that have one row of five petals. (Occasionally there are two or three additional petals inside the main row.) Semi-double: blooms that have two…

Peas and beans: Pests, problems and diseases

Here are solutions to some common problems, pests and diseases found in peas and beans. Aphids Greenfly and blackfly group on plant stems, especially at new growth tips, and suck the sap. Broad beans are specially vulnerable to blackfly in…

Growing peas and beans: legumes

Peas and beans come under legumes for crop rotation. They need plenty of organic matter dug in to keep their roots moist. Taller varieties of peas and beans are not suitable for deep dug beds as the soil is unlikely…

Vegetable garden pests and diseases

Healthy plants are much more resistant to pests and diseases than unhealthy ones which have been starved, forced or grown in overcrowded conditions. Organic Control Attract predators into your garden so that they will do the work for you. –…

Growing vegetables from seed

The most economic method of growing annual vegetables is to raise them from seed — you will also be able to try less usual varieties. Sowing outdoors The best seeds for sowing outdoors are those of hardy crops like peas…

Organic Vegetable fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are gentle in nature and work slowly but long term. The organic fertilizers are avialable in various forms as dry fertilizers, ground minerals and liquid feeds. Dry Organic fertilizers Dried blood A very quick-acting source of nitrogen, Fishmeal…

Advantages of crop rotation

The few perennial vegetables and a number of herbs require a permanent position but most vegetables and some herbs are grown as annuals. Those of a similar type have similar requirements of the soil and therefore need to be grown…

Vegetable fertilizers

Fertilizers are used to supply extra nutrients to growing plants when needed. They are applied in two ways, either before planting or sowing as a base dressing, which is raked or forked into the soil, or as a top dressing,…

Vegetable garden mulching

Mulching is adding a layer of material on top of the soil to stop the soil from drying out. It can also have a number of other benefits, including warming up the soil, but these depend on what material is…

Dig vegetable garden

In most years it is only necessary to dig the soil, or fork it, to the depth of a spade blade. However, every three to four years it is a good idea to dig more deeply. This stops a compressed…