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When to plant begonia tubers

If you’re wondering when to plant begonia tubers, you’ll be happy to know that you have some flexibility in terms of when you can plant these dainty perennials. But you still need to make sure that the timing is right for these beautiful flowers to bloom. 

While some may say that begonias are a tad old-fashioned, there’s no denying that these classic flowers are a welcome addition to any hanging basket or garden border ideas. In fact, they’re perfect for those looking to bring their cottage garden ideas to life. 

However, to reap the rewards of begonias, you first need to plant them, and with the help of experts in the field (or should we say the garden), we’ve got all of the information you could need on when to plant begonia tubers. 

When to plant begonia tubers

‘Begonias are great for beginner gardeners and those with more experience, giving beautiful splashes of colour in your garden throughout the summer,’ explains Mollie Higginson, Sales Manager at New Leaf Plants and Founding Member of the Young People in Horticulture Association.

Begonia flowers bloom between July and October, so planting begonia tubers follows the same timeframe as planting summer bulbs. Of course, there is a slight difference; summer bulbs are bulbs, while begonias are planted as tubers. 

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Steve Chilton, garden expert at LeisureBench, suggests, ‘March-April time is the perfect time to plant Begonia tubers in pots, as the soil is just starting to warm up. Make sure that you don’t plant them too early on in the year when it still isn’t warm enough for them even to be inside, as they won’t grow properly.’

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New Models of Housing – DesignCurial



With the housing crisis worsening, what can creative individuals do to improve the situation? Veronica Simpson unveils some inspiring


WHEN I was a budding, 20-something trainee journalist, and freshly located in London, I lived, along with four pals, in a damp-infested, shabby five bedroomeed house over a chemist in Tooting Bec. There was mould creeping up the bathroom wall, no central heating (only a five bar gas heater in the living room), and a hole in the kitchen window that the landlord never bothered to repair in the two years I lived there. While cooking dinner in winter, we would keep our coats and scarves on. For this squalor we paid £25 a month. Even in 1987, that was cheap, but not stupidly cheap. And my starter salary as a journalist was £11,000. Shall we do the maths? If my take home pay, after tax, was no less than £650 a month, that was still a tiny percentage – 3.85 per cent, in fact – leaving me plenty of cash for enjoying life. How does that square with the average 20-something in London right now? A trainee has doubled. Add into this crisis the soaring cost of renting and it would be hard to imagine a tougher scenario for anyone whose income leaves them no wiggle room.

The model that has dominated house building over the last two decades isn’t working – local authorities have been selling off land in order to raise much needed cash, but thereby allowing speculative developers to pretty much do what they will, at great cost to public realm, community and, of course, neighbourhood cohesion.

In such a pressurised situation, it’s not surprising that our best creative brains are hard at work trying to improve the situation, with homes that are both thoughtful of

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How to plant cherry trees

Knowing how to plant cherry trees the right way is essential for them thrive in your garden.

Delicious to graze on straight from the tree, cherries are such wonderful fruits to grow. They also produce the most magical blossom in the spring, so make sure to include at least one cherry tree in your backyard ideas.

‘Cherry trees are one of the best fruit trees as they are low maintenance and easy to grow,’ says Tammy Sons, owner of Tennessee Nursery.

This makes them particularly well suited to beginners when planning a kitchen garden. So take the time to learn how to plant cherry trees properly, and you’ll be on track for a bumper harvest.

Cherry tree covered with blossom surrounded by daffodils

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How to plant cherry trees – step by step

Learning how to plant cherry trees is easy if you know how to plant fruit trees of other varieties. ‘It’s a very similar process,’ says Suzanne Fellows from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply.

Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be planting your own backyard orchard in no time:

  • Begin by digging the hole for your tree. ‘It needs to be about three times as wide as the tree’s roots and deep enough to allow planting at the same depth the tree was in the field,’ says Fellows. ‘Note the change in color on the trunk.’
  • You can add some compost to the soil, but don’t overdo it. You must ensure this is mixed in with the soil outside of the hole, otherwise the roots will confine themselves to the planting area and the tree won’t grow as strong.
  • Place the tree in the planting hole. ‘Position the graft to the north, and don’t plant so deep that the graft will be covered in soil,’
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and how to stop them spreading |

Invasive plants are those that quickly take over your backyard, dominating your carefully selected and nurtured treasures and generally destroying the local biodiversity of plants and wildlife. 

There are numerous and some very well-known horticultural offenders, and knowing how each plant spreads and whether it conquers its new ground by dispersing seed on the wind or through an extensive root system can prove a real game changer. If not enabling you to eradicate the plant completely, getting savvy will at least make controlling it much easier.

These are the top 10 invasive plants to look out for in your flower beds and borders  –and the actions to take. 

10 invasive plants worth knowing about

Growing conditions play a huge role in turning perfectly well behaved ornamental plants into backyard thugs. Get to know which plant types are prevalent in your area by consulting your local Cooperative Extension Service or a local nursery.

1. Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

Japanese knotweed

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A true yard heavy, although originally introduced as an ornamental plant, Japanese knotweed runs riot smothering everything in its path. Spreading and claiming new land through its network of aggressive creeping roots, it has a habit of working its way along rivers, watercourses and waste ground. Roots are strong and persistent enough to break through asphalt, underground pipes and drains, so don’t let it anywhere near your newly constructed patio or front porch. 

Growing up to 4in (10cm) a day, the stems are clearly noticeable in summer thanks to their attractive white plumes. 

Take control by digging out every shoot, however small, by hand or digger. Notoriously difficult to control you may need to call in a specialist and it can take up to four years to conquer a large patch. 

2. Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

How to grow wisteria

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a month by month calendar |

Knowing when to plant vegetables is essential if you’re looking to grow your own edibles. Growing your own vegetables from seed is a great way to give a supply of fresh organic produce as part of a healthy diet, but it is also highly rewarding and good for wellbeing. 

While you can buy seedlings and plug plants from garden centres and online suppliers, planting vegetables from seed is the most economical way of growing produce, plus it also offers the opportunity to try all sorts of different vegetable varieties. However, with a dazzling array to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to begin.

Whether you’re in the process of creating a kitchen garden or simply want to grow a few veggies in containers on your patio or balcony space, this handy vegetable calendar will help get your kitchen garden ideas get off to the best start.

Some harvested carrots in a trug with other veg

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When to plant vegetables – points to consider

Planning when to plant vegetables can be confusing as there are a huge array of vegetable garden ideas, plus there are vegetables that can be planted in every month of the year, right through from January to December. 

A vegetable calendar is a great place to start when planning a kitchen garden as it will help you know when to buy seeds so that you don’t miss out on growing your favorite vegetables, plus will it help you organize crop rotations on your patch. It is also a handy source of inspiration for what to plant.

Exactly when to plant vegetables will depend on your climate and weather conditions, so while a vegetable calendar is a handy guide planning tool, it is also important to keep a tab on temperates in your region. 

Throughout the gardening year it’s a

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How to plan a garden: Expert layout and planting advice

Wondering how to plan a garden? Creating an outdoor space that complements its surroundings and your home in the way you want it to is an exciting project. 

Whether it’s a space for activities like dining, relaxing, entertaining and playing, or you want it to include all your favorite flowers and plants, there are plenty of garden ideas to choose from. 

But there’s no doubt that planning a garden is a challenge, too. A garden changes through the seasons, and as it matures, so strategizing for year-round interest and for the future is vital, too.

This expert advice offers inspiration for every aspect of designing a plot, from garden decor ideas to planting tips, and more. 

How do I start designing my garden?

To begin your garden planning, think about both what you want to use the space for and how you would like it to look. 

Growing flowers, shrubs and trees, plus perhaps vegetables and fruit, could be almost the entire purpose of a garden or it could be just one of its uses.

Many gardens are used as social spaces for relaxing or eating with a crowd of extended family or friends on a regular basis. And with a wide range of outdoor dining ideas available these days, there’s something to suit every garden, no matter how big or small the space is. 

Clever sloping garden ideas are useful if your outdoor space

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for a bumper crop |

Knowing when to plant pumpkins is important as they have a long growing season. You need to prepare well ahead for the fall arrival of plump, orange pumpkins, ready to carve for Jack O’Lanterns, or varieties to roast for pies, add to stews and soups and many other culinary uses. 

Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, Cucurbitacae, and are actually considered a berry. Cucurbita pepo is the type of pumpkin used to make the jack-o-lanterns seen on Halloween, but there are many different sizes, shapes, colors and flavors.

Once you know how to grow pumpkins you can try many different varieties that you won’t generally be able to find at the grocery store.

Basket of assorted pumpkins and squashes

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When to plant pumpkins 

Because they have a long growing season, it is important to plant pumpkins as early as possible as part of your vegetable garden ideas.

‘It is best to wait about 2-3 weeks after the last average frost date in your area, or until soil has reliably warmed to 70 °F,’ says Shannie McCabe, horticulturist for Baker Creek Seeds based in Mansfield, Missouri.

Since there are a range of frost dates depending on where you live ‘it is best to get online and research the average last frost date for your region,’ Shannie adds. 

pumpkin growing among the leaves in a garden

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What is the best month to plant pumpkins?

The best

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The Leaf garden and greenhouse complex launches in Canada

Situated deep in the Canadian prairies, Winnipeg’s The Leaf is a new, format-defying greenhouse complex and horticultural attraction. The city, a relatively remote, mid-sized urban centre, is used to experiencing acute fluctuations in temperature. While long winters often see averages hovering around -40°C, summer days peak at +40°C. It’s no wonder that, like other northern metropolises, the city’s 750,000 residents benefit from a network of above and underground passageways, if not also a swathe of climate-resilient construction projects that model the latest low-energy consumption and low-tech climate control solutions. Addressing temperature extremes is a way of life here – and The Leaf truly embraces this and a particularly sustainable architecture approach.  

aerial overview of The Leaf botanical gardens

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leaf-at-one-with-nature-in-the-canadian-prairies-3″The Leaf: at one with nature in the Canadian Prairies

Positioned on a northwest-southeast axis within the city’s beloved Assiniboine Park, the new 14-hectare destination features everything from teaching kitchen gardens to integrated amphitheatres, and collaboratively programmed grounds paying tribute to the long-undervalued Indigenous cultures of the area. 

At the centre of this meticulously and consciously landscaped campus is a 7,840 sq m greenhouse incorporating two distinct climate biomes, a butterfly garden, classrooms, a sizable event space, and a top-ranked restaurant sourcing ingredients from the 12,000 or so on-site plantings; some emphatically native and others coming from further afield. 

aerial of The Leaf botanical gardens

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Toronto-based firm KPMB Architects teamed up with local practices Architecture49, Blackwell Structural Engineers, and HTFC

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the 10 best to grow in your garden |

Sensory garden plants can delight all five of our senses. A backyard filled with these will have visual appeal, beautiful scent, enchanting sound when their leaves shift in the breeze, and interesting textures. Plus, of course, some of these choices – including both edible flowers and herbs – please our sense of taste.

While all yards have the potential to delight our five senses, sensory garden ideas focus very specifically on these elements in their design and in the selection of plants for the space, turning up the dial on sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

Here, we’ve put together a guide to our favorite plant options for a sensory garden to assist in your design.

Sensory garden plants

The sensory garden plants in this selection include those that are particularly appealing to one of the five senses, or to more than one. Use them to inform your flower bed ideas and make sure to choose a mix of plants with varying habits, such as those that scramble over a trellis or have a commanding presence in the border due to their height. 

1. Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum)

Helichrysum italicum (curry plant)

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This compact evergreen shrub with silvery gray foliage and clusters of pale lemon pollen-laden flowers is beautifully scented on warm days and known for attracting bees. It likes a sunny, sheltered spot in well-drained soil, and should be trimmed to keep its

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the 10 best to grow in your backyard |

Sun-loving Mediterranean plants are tough and drought-tolerant yet beautiful. The natural planting scheme combines a tapestry of different colors and textures using perennial plants that like to bake in the sun. 

Colors tend to be from a muted palette of soft gray-greens and mauve-blues that creates a painterly effect, but bright splashes of color are welcome, too. 

Mediterranean plants like a sunny south-facing position if they’re going to thrive and they do well in poor soil, with many happy even to settle their roots straight into gravel, which, of course, makes them the perfect complement to your Mediterranean garden ideas.

The mild winters and hot dry summers of the Mediterranean lends itself to drifts of hardy and low-growing plants that like these conditions including lavender, herbs, succulents and grasses. So if your garden faces south and you have mild winters, these Mediterranean plants will suit your space.

Mediterranean plants

The planting most commonly associated with Mediterranean garden design are naturalistic and wild, inspired by the landscape of Provence but also feature more formal schemes in the style of colorful Andalusian courtyards with terracotta pots filled with bright blooms. 

Our pick of the best Mediterranean plants will suit whichever style of Mediterranean garden or flower bed ideas you end up choosing.

1. Nerium oleander (rose bay)

pink oleander plant

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With clusters of pink, red or white flowers in summer on evergreen foliage, oleander is a highly

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