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Snowdrop – Should They be Transplanted ‘in the Green’?

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis and other Galanthus species, are one of the best spring flowering plants. The common advice given for transplanting them is that it should be done ‘in the green’. Transplanting in the green means transplanting snowdrops right after flowering, while the leaves are still green.

I suspect that this myth has been handed down for many generations, but it is not based on fact. Lets have a closer look.

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, by Robert Pavlis

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Bone Meal Organic Fertilizer

Bone meal, also spelled bonemeal, is a recommended organic fertilizer that is a good source of phosphorous. Unless your soil test shows a deficiency of phosphorus don’t add it to the garden.

Bone meal organic fertilizer

Bone meal organic fertilizer

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Worlds Largest, Smelliest Flower – Titan Arum

 The titan arum (Amorphophalus titanum) is reported to be the worlds largest flower but this is not strictly true. It is however one of the most interesting plants.

Amorphophallus titanum - titan arum

Amorphophallus titanum – titan arum: by Robert Pavlis

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Growing Garlic – Hardneck or Softneck?

I have grown garlic for years and consider it the easiest vegetable crop to grow. I have always been taught that, given our northern zone 5 climate, we could only grow hardneck garlic. Turns out that this is a myth.

Both the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Filaree Farms (keepers of the largest privately held collection of garlic in North America) agree that both hardneck and softneck can be grown in colder climates.

Growing garlic - hardneck or softneck

Growing garlic – hardneck

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