Chance to grow the potato market, fenland farmers told

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Shoppers are buying increasing volumes of prepared potato products, a retail analyst told leading farmers and growers at a fenland variety open day. The retail market for potatoes was worth about £1bn and over the last 12 months, the value of total sales had risen by 4pc or £44m, said Sapna Sejpal, consumer insight director…


W.Canada to grow more wheat, barley-Wheat Board

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The Canadian Wheat Board raised its 2011/12 outlook for wheat and barley on Friday, as a warm, dry summer looks to produce bigger harvests than a year ago. Spring floods left an estimated 6 million acres unplanted across the Prairies, but a hot summer with timely rains has helped…


How to Grow Crocosmia Lucifer Plants From Seeds

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Crocosmia Lucifer produces a fiery red flower from corms. Its delicate bloom is presented in racemes—unbranched clusters—that arise from June to August. Crocosmia has slender green grass-like foliage 2 to 4 feet tall. The plant is native to South Africa and a relative of gladiolus with similar growth characteristics. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture…


How to Grow Crocosmia Lucifer

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Derived from Greek, krokos, meaning saffron and osme meaning smell, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is a highly desired plant in many gardens. Apart from its attractive looks, its leaves resist insects and its flowers attract hummingbirds. The ‘Lucifer’ flowers are bright red and have a shape similar to day lilies. They grow at the top of thin…


How to Grow Crocosmia

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Crocosmia are popular and gorgeous flowering bulbs. These bulbs are native to South Africa. Crocosmia are members of the Iris family. These are known to be very easy to grow. The plants tend to grow 2-4 feet tall in a season. The colors of tube shaped flower are very attractive including red, yellow, orange-yellow, and…


How to Grow Columbines

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Columbines, also known as Aquilegia, are a beautiful addition to any flower garden. Attractive to hummingbirds, these flowers have long stems with delicate blossoms that have 5 pointed petals on top of 5 petal-like sepals that bloom from May through early June. They come in a variety of colors. Once established in a garden, columbines…


How to Grow California Poppies

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California poppies are perennial plants that grow to between 12 and 18 inches in height and produce colorful flowers. The flowers can be a myriad of colors, including yellow, orange, white, pink and red. They are highly drought tolerant and only require minimum care and maintenance to survive. California poppies are the state flower of…


How to Grow Bleeding Heart

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Also known as Dicentra Spectabilis, bleeding hearts are beautiful perennial favorite of gardeners. The plants have mounding leaves and dropping red heart-shaped blossoms tipped in white; one cultivar is pure white. Bleeding hearts grow 6 to 24 inches tall and can spread up to 20 inches wide. Difficulty: Moderate Instructions things you’ll need: Shovel Bleeding…


How to Grow Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

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Bleeding hearts are graceful woodland plants that do best in light shade in well-drained soil. Their ferny foliage appears in early spring, followed by pink or white flowers that are arranged along the stem like little hearts. Difficulty: Easy Instructions things you’ll need: Bypass Pruners Fertilizers Garden Trowels Mulch Plants Plants Choosing Bleeding Heart Shop…


Chinese lease Vietnamese land to grow sweet potatoes

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Not only collecting sweet potatoes in Vietnam, Chinese have also been coming to Vietnam, leasing land to grow sweet potatoes to export to third countries. Sweet potato growers in Binh Tan district in Vinh Long province are hurrying to expand the growing area to over 6000 hectares. When the prices of Japanese violet sweet potatoes…


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