By Diana Wells
Illustrations by way of Ippy Patterson. From child Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, each flower tells a narrative. Gardening author Diana Wells is familiar with all of them. right here she provides 100 famous backyard favorites and the not-so-well-known tales in the back of their names. now not for gardeners basically, this can be a e-book for an individual not only within the blossoms, yet within the roots, too.
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The plants will tell you if they’re dry by wilting, especially in the midafternoon heat. Adequate water is especially critical for newly planted seedlings and recently germinated seeds. Pay particular attention to watering once fruit sets on the plants; insufficient watering during fruit-set can lead to problems such as blossom-end rot on tomatoes. indd 41 10/9/15 11:09 AM All of that watering causes plant nutrients to move through the bales quickly. Applying small amounts of balanced fertilizer on a weekly basis is a good strategy, at least as a starting point.
The easiest to grow are bush beans, which grow 1 foot or so tall. The short, compact growth habit means that there is no need to consider plant support. The plants near the edge of the bale will eventually flop over a bit with the weight of the beans, but that won’t be a problem if you pick them regularly. An added and significant advantage is the elevation of the plants when it is time to pick. Gardeners will agree that bending over and picking long rows of beans is quite unpleasant. The extra elevation provided by the bale will mean delicious servings of beans without the back pain.
PLANTING: Leeks are best started from seed indoors and transplanted into bales as seedlings. To produce the edible white stem, leeks need to be blanched (that is, hidden from the sun); you can do this by hilling soil around the growing plants. indd 59 10/9/15 11:09 AM Any part of the leek plant that grows beneath the surface of the soil will be white; the deeper the seedling is planted, the more white leek shaft will result. Create rows in the bales that are 6 inches apart and 8 inches deep using a cultivator or trowel.
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells