The Garden Dispatch is a weekly compilation of useful and interesting resources for gardeners and landscape designers.
3 Practical Tips for Fall Pruning
Fall is around the corner and it is time to prune your shrubs and trees for the next season. Though not all plants require regular or seasonal pruning, but it is advisable to prune your plants, whenever required, to keep them in desired size and shape. So here are 3 practical tips for fall pruning by Jim Lounsbery.
Special Merit Plant: Impatiens hawkeri
Commonly known as New Guinea impatience, Impatiens hawkeri is a lovely annual that grows up to 4 feet serves as a nice border plant. Also suitable for flower beds, Impatiens hawkeri produces flowers of many hues ranging from pink, coral, orange, salmon, red, lilac, lavender and white. See more information on growing Impatiens hawkeri in your garden.
Impatiens hawkeri / Image by Tom Potterfield
Free Smart Phone App: Garden Insects Guide
The Garden Insect Guide is a free smartphone app for gardeners. Available for iPhone/ iPad and Android phones, this free smartphone app serves as a quick reference when you are in the field – hunting for nasty bugs. You can use this smartphone app to identify good as well as bad bugs and get information about getting rid of bad bugs.
The application has three guided sections:
- Identify common pests: This section helps you identify bugs by the kind of threat that they pose to your plants.
- Spot insect friends: This section introduces friendly bugs that keep the bad bugs away.
- Keep pests away: This section provides detailed information on getting rid of infesting bugs and preventing their attack in future.
How to Grow Roses
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. So true! You will hardly meet a gardener who is not a fan of roses. They are attractive, sweet, colorful and regal. If you are new to growing roses, this comprehensive guide on growing roses could be handy.
Growing Vegetable in a Window Garden
Growing your own grub can be an existing and satisfactory experience. Fortunately, you do not have to have a large piece of land to grow your own vegetable (unless you are trying to grow pumpkins ). You can utilize small spaces such as windowsills to grow herbs and vegetables. Follow this link to find step-by-step guide on utilizing your windowsill to grow your own vegetables.