Xylella fastidiosa, dreaded olive killer. Here’s how you can protect your tree.

Olive tree blight is a merciless killer. Protect your orchard against Xylella fastidiosa. Key facts Botanical name – Xylella fastidiosa Common name – Olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS), Pierce’s disease, Olive tree blight Family – Xanthomonadaceae Sub-species – fastidiosa, multiplex, pauca and sandyi Type – Bacterial disease Symptoms – leaf scorch, chlorosis, stunting, twig desiccation […]
Olive tree killing bacteria, xylella fastidiosa

Wasp, a reputation that deserves a makeover

Always a hassle around the picnic basket, sometimes even a painful sting, the wasp doesn’t seem to manage positive vibes, does it? But did you know its larva devours incredible amounts of insect pests that would otherwise damage our plants?
Wasp on a piece of old wood

Tree staking, why do it and how?

In gardening, some actions might seem insignificant, yet they are crucial for the healthy growth of plants. Staking is one of them. Find out why it’s essential to stake a tree and how to do it with three simple techniques.
When and why to stake a tree

Pomegranate, much easier to grow than you’d think

Pomegranate is a real eye-catcher when it comes to bloom – generous and bright. Its famed fruit, the pomegranate, however, likes to play hard-to-get unless you’re in regions with a specific climate.
pomegranate tree

Fagus sylvatica, beech tree: varieties, planting and care

Fagus sylvatica or beech is a majestic tree common in European forests. Fagus sylvatica key facts: Botanical name – Fagus sylvatica Common names – common beech Family – Fagaceae Type – Tree Foliage – deciduous and marcescent Bearing – round Height – up to 75 feet (25 meters) Breadth – Up to 60 feet (20 […]
Fagus sylvatica, common beech

Liriope muscari, the lily turf flower

Liriope muscari, or lily turf, is a grass-like mound with purple blooms. Liriope muscari Key facts: Latin name: Liriope muscari, Liriope platyphylla Family: Liliacea Type: perennial, evergreen Shape: arched clumps Height: 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) Plant density: 7 to 8 plants per 10.8 square feet (7 to 8 plants per m²) […]
Liriope muscari, the lily turf flower

25 Vegetables that resist drought and dry spells

“Climate change”. Hard to have a day go by when this phrase isn’t heard in a conversation. And, like it or not, seasons are changing: frost dates are shifting, winters get milder, summer heat waves strike stronger, drought becomes a thing where it previously never was…
Drought-resistant vegetables

New Zealand spinach, grow Tetragonia in your garden

New Zealand spinach is a vegetable that loves full sun. Key Tetragonia facts: Latin Names: Tetragonia expansa, Tetragonia tetragonoïdes Common: tetragonia, New Zealand Spinach Family: Aizoaceae Type: Leafy vegetable Height: about 3.3 feet (environ 1 m) Planting Distance: 32 inches (80 cm) Exposure: Sunny Soil: limestone to neutral, light, rich in humus Planting: April-May – […]
New Zealand spinach

Mashua, the tuber nasturtium

Mashua is a nasturtium root crop selected by ancient Incas. Key mashua facts Name: Tropaeolum tuberosum Common: mashua, tuber nasturtium Family: Tropaeolaceae, tuber veggie Height: 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 m) Exposure: sun, part shade eventually Planting distance: 20 inches (50 cm) Soil: light, humiferous, well-draining  –  Planting: spring’s end –  Harvest: fall […]
Mashua harvest

Comfrey, a multi-purpose powerhouse plant

Comfrey is a versatile plant that has many uses in the garden. Comfrey key facts: Latin Name: Symphitum sp. Common Name: Comfrey Family: Boraginaceae Type: perennial Height: 1 to 4 feet (30 cm to 1.20 m), depending on species Planting Density: 6 to 8 plants for 10 square feet (1 m²) Exposure: preferably semi-shaded Soil: […]
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