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 pr
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 codlin
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 a