By Margaret Armstrong, J. J. Thornber
Margaret Armstrong, a prolific publication disguise fashion designer and illustrator, spent many years touring round the western usa firstly of the 20 th century, and in 1911 she used to be one of many first ladies to descend to the ground of the Grand Canyon. There she came across a few new flower species and commenced writing and illustrating the beautiful and thorough Field e-book of Western Wildflowers.
This was once the 1st complete guide to provide specified information regarding the plethora of vegetation transforming into within the western usa and contains distinct details on seventy-five plant households, like water-plantain, lily, buttercup, poppy, mustard, hydrangea, plum, rose, cactus, wintergreen, figwort, and valerian households, and lots of others.
Armstrong comprises info on key features of every species, together with top, leaf and petal positive factors, colours, the place every one flower can probably be came upon, excellent stipulations they flourish in, and masses extra.
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Indd 45 For high-quality produce you may need to fertilize once a month, especially during the prime growing season. Use the fertilizer of your choice or a recommendation from your favorite gardener. Some prefer fish emulsion and seaweed extract; others use fruit- or vegetable-specific organic formulas. There are many all-purpose watersoluble plant foods on the market, too. Whatever you use, follow the recommended rates of application (or dilution, for liquid formulas). Too much fertilizer makes plants more attractive to pests and can interfere with fruit production (and your tomatoes won’t taste as good).
Look for plants labeled as F1 , a first-generation hybrid that’s the result of crossing two pure plant lines. Some popular examples of hybrids include ‘Premium Crop’ broccoli; ‘Straight Eight’ cucumbers; and ‘Sungold’, ‘Better Boy’, and ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes. indd 23 23 WHY NOT GIVE IT A GO? As with any good project, planning is key. It pays to start thinking about the end of the season before the season actually begins. During the off-season, research the fruits and vegetables you want to grow.
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Field Book of Western Wild Flowers: The Ultimate Guide to Flowers Growing West of the Rocky Mountains by Margaret Armstrong, J. J. Thornber