Flora Mirabilis

Flora Mirabilis is a sumptuously designed showcase of superb illustrations paired with fascinating stories of botanical exploration and trade through the ages. A collaboration between National Geographic and the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, this book will prove an evergreen source of delight, not just for gardeners and flower aficionados, but for anyone interested in the plant world, human civilization, and their intertwined histories. From prehistory to the present day, Flora Mirabilis blossoms with legend and lore as it culls the most engrossing mysteries and adventures of plant exploration, science, and discovery and garlands them with astonishingly beautiful illustrations.

Time to spray for best fruit this summer.

Just when you’re ready for a long winter’s nap, it’s time to tend your fruit trees. If you don’t, chances are they’ll struggle in the coming season. Giving them attention now helps ward off insects and diseases, said Steve Renquist, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service who has taught hundreds of gardeners the basics of managing fruit trees. Applying dormant sprays – Superior oil, copper, and sulfur – helps control nasty pests and diseases like codling moths and apple scab. Superior oil, also called horticultural oil, is a highly refined miscible oil (up to 99.9 percent pure) that when mixed with water and sprayed on trees will smother overwintering insects and their

Tips for Growing Potatoes

Here are a few tips for growing potatoes from the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Planting Location Potatoes do best in full sun. They produce a large number of roots on which the new potatoes grow so they need the energy from the sun. They also want to grow in very loose, well draining soil. This ensures the roots stay hydrated without getting soggy. Soil PH. Potatoes grow best in soil in the midrange of the PH scale, between 5.0 and 7.0. Potatoes are pretty adaptable and will produce a good crop even if the soil and growing conditions are less than optimal. Always keep the potato patch weed-free. Rotate every year. To reduce likelihood of disease, rotate the location of the potatoes

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