Wall Flower Studio Garden

  (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario)
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Heirloom Beets - Two Great Favorites!

You can't beat Beets!

Beet "Chioggia", also called the "Bulls Eye beet" for obvious reasons is an Italian heirloom dating back to the 1840's. The Chioggia Beet has a mild flavour and it's solid green tops have a smooth, delicious taste. This beet is particularly best harvested young and they may make a nice baby vegetable because the tops are also best young, especially when used in salad mixes. I like the fact that Chioggia matures early and requires less cooking time then most other beets. It's origins are from Chioggia, an Italian coastal town.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days
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Beet "Early Wonder" - Also an heirloom that can be grown in containers. I really like that!
The greens are tasty and abundant, and every bit as good as chard or spinach, and of course, just as nutritious. These roots are flavourful and produce earlier which makes it a great choice for a small garden!
Days to Maturity: 48
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Beets, (beta vulgaris), are a member of the chard family. Chard is really grown just for its leaves, and beets are more well known for their edible roots. Some people aren't aware that every bit of a beet plant is edible! These wonderful heirlooms are becoming very popular at market gardens, and are prized in salads and other dishes with many chefs!
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Morning Glory - They really are Glorious!

Growing Morning Glories in your garden from seed is extremely easy.
 
In colder climates, they are treated as annuals and should be planted outdoors in containers, a week or 2 after the last frost date.
Before planting the seeds, they need to be soaked in tepid water overnight.
This helps speed up the germination process.
When planting Morning Glory seeds, a site that receives full sun and has well-drained, average soil is the way to go.
Adding a bit of compost to the mix is advisable as it will add nutrients to the soil.

Plant the seeds about an inch deep in the soil. I usually plant all of the seeds from my own cache, and find there is approximately a 90% germination from those.

If you find you've too many in one spot, they can be divided when they are an inch or so high.
Since Morning Glory's are vines, the time to add supports is when you plant the seeds. In the picture above, I've used bamboo stakes with some mesh around it. I've also used jute and raffia before. They all work equally well.
Depending on the variety of morning glory, the supports need to be 6 to 10 feet high.
Gently twine the young plants around the support, if the supports are put in after the plants are already shooting up..

During the growth phases as well as otherwise, keep your morning glory flowers evenly moist. They'll do the rest!!
The Morning Glory received it's name because it's bloom lasts for a single morning and dies in the afternoon. However, the plant gets filled with new flowers each day. It continues to bloom for the whole season!
Hardy to Zone 3 USDA.
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Happy Gardening!
 
 

Container Gardening

Container Gardening: A Solution for Small Spaces

Garden enthusiast’s who lack space for gardening aspirations shouldn't fret, because Canada’s favourite pastime is not necessarily out of range for them.

Smaller spaces, balconies, decks, and even windowsills, will accept a container garden. This can bring great pleasure and allow even apartment dwellers to have a little piece of paradise.

Choice of containers is limited only by your imagination, dwelling space, and the size of your wallet.

Clay pots, wooden barrels, hanging baskets, and urns, are all excellent examples.

Just imagine, all this without the aggravation of maintaining a lawn or weeding flowerbeds!

Personally, I am happy to mow the lawn and weed the garden, but this mean's that I may be an exception to the rule!

As with conventional gardening, containers require suitable preparation. Space, light, access to water, and weather, must be taken into account.

Restricted root space may put added constraints on your plant preferences since some are prolific in producing these over the course of a growing season.

Containers may have to be stored in a protected area to keep from freezing, and tender plants may not over-winter due to exposure of colder temperatures and wind.

Knowing your hardiness zone will help you identify suitable plants for your new oasis.

You can plant bulbs, seeds, annuals, perennials, or even herbs & veggies in your containers. Just think of the fresh basil and tomatoes that can be grown in a very small space!

Something I do in my front yard, where I have two large wooden containers is to layer bulbs beneath other plants. This offers year-round interest, and I experiment with different plant combinations. This is half the fun, and it's a strategy will helps me get the most show from my containers.

Consider planting bulbs for spring blossoms, veggies for food, herbs for scent, and hardy mums for fall to winter flowers.

Evergreen boughs can be rammed into the soil with dogwood branches before the frost hardens the soil, which can be left in the containers all winter for a festive look.

Nearly any plant can be grown in a container, (size being the main limitation), so get out and experiment!

Potting soil works better than gardening soil, which is too heavy for most containers, and fertilizing is require more often than in a standard garden because annuals and vegetables diminish the nutrients rather quickly. Drainage is also a consideration. I have used Styrofoam peanuts for drainage, which is great because it keeps them out of our landfill sites.

Not sure what to plant in your containers or how to attend to them? There are ample resources available. Books, magazines, websites, and local garden centres are all great places to start, and volunteering at a local garden club is another link to meet garden enthusiasts who are usually happy to share their knowledge.

Happily, container gardening is rather inexpensive. There are initial expenses with containers, soil, and a periodic investment in plants, but with such ranges in size and material, there is something available for every budget and taste.Start experimenting and experience the pleasure developing your container garden!
 
 
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