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Featured Farm: Fledging Crow Vegetables Rooted in FUN

Featured Farm: Fledging Crow Vegetables Rooted in FUN

Are you someone who believes that food should be fun and even a bit quirky?  If so, you have a lot in common with Ian Ater. His farm, Fledging Crow...

Expert Advice: 10 White Garden Ideas from Petersham Nurseries

Thomas Broom, horticultural manager of Petersham Nurseries in London, shows us that in editing color, your garden will have a stronger sense of shape and texture. Keep It Small Above: Silver foliage of Eryngium giganteum ‘Miss Willmot’s Ghost’ haunts Vita Sackville-West’s world-famous white garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. “A white garden should be relatively small,” suggests Tom Broom. White gardens are rarely just white. Other colors will insist on being included, like yellow in a daisy or lupin. Shopping List: 13 Favorite Flowers Above: Photograph by Thomas Broom. “Creamy whites are complemented by warmer greens like euphorbia.” Foliage and flowers for cool whites: Weeping silver pear (Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’) Sea holly (eryngium ‘Miss Willmot’s Ghost’) Artemisia (A. arborescens ‘Powis Castle’) Hosta ‘Royal Standard’, with its lilac-tinged white flowers Silver-leaved Dianthus (‘Mrs Sinkins’), white lavender, white rosemary The felty gray of Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ and stachys (for instance S. byzantina ‘Lambs’ Ears’) Darker leaves like purple sage or black elder (Sambucus nigra) Holly, yew, myrtle, privet, ivy Foliage and flowers for warm/creamy whites: Alchemilla mollis Euphorbia Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ Peonies ‘Cheddar Gold’, ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ Fennel Ammi visnaga Pale and spotted foxgloves: Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’, ‘Dalmation’s Cream’ Hornbeam, beech And obliging with both cool and warm whites: box, ferns, bronze fennel. Foliage can be any variety of green, silver, purple; it’s the flowers that need to be white, strictly speaking. Without the distraction of petal color we can focus on the contrast of shapes and verticals. Topiary Backdrops Above: The Topiarist’s Garden at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show was a favorite among visitors.

Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden

Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden. If you decide to plant cover crops in the fall, be sure to allow them plenty of time to become established. Timing Your Cover Crop Kill You must kill your cover crops before they set seed and the topgrowth gets out of control. You can mow cover crops with a lawn mower or a weed trimmer, depending on how tall the plants are. After turning under a cover crop of grasses, wait 2 to 3 weeks before planting vegetables or flowers. After spring crops of lettuce, radishes, and other early vegetables have been harvested, plant a fast-growing cover crop, such as buckwheat. In most climates, you can allow this cover crop to flower and still have time to plant a crop of frost-tolerant vegetables. The Easiest Cover Crops To Grow Which cover crop is right for you? Some, such as cereal rye, are very cold-tolerant and work well for late-season plantings. Clover Clover comes in a plethora of different shapes and sizes.

Why Sunflowers Are So Green for the Garden

Why Sunflowers Are So Green for the Garden

Sunflowers are not the typical crop that newbie gardeners think of growing, but this might be a mistake. The fact of the matter is that sunflowers are really easy to care for, and they can also lend a notable hand in the garden. Then, of course, there are all those sunflower seeds that make a delicious snackand quickly nullify the need to...

Container Gardening: 12 Shade-Loving Plants in My Backyard

Container gardening in my Brooklyn backyard is complicated; much of my north-facing garden enjoys (I use the verb with gently gritted teeth) a lot of shade.

From fall through early spring the shade is complete. The pots receive no sun at all, as it dips below a tall townhouse which casts a long shadow. But, from mid spring through late summer,...

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