How to Care for Growing Redwood Dogwoods

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For the year-round gardening enthusiast, redwood dogwoods, more commonly referred to as red twig dogwoods, provide showy winter interest during an otherwise bleakly colored season. While this deciduous shrub’s leaves fall during autumn, its stems become vivid to deep red during the colder months, providing a contrasting splash of warm color to your cold season…


The Growing Stages of a Shasta Daisy Plant

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Shasta daisies, belonging to the Asteraceae family, provide a wealth of bright, white blooms to any cutting garden or flowerbed. Growing in tidy clumps that reach 2 to 3 feet in height, Shasta daisies attract bees and butterflies with blooms that last from early summer through fall. These low maintenance beauties, readily propagated by seed…


Orchards at the core of fruit growing expansion

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Top fruit grower Tom Filby is planting new orchards to meet the growing demand for the family’s brand of Norfolk apple juice. And the new trees at Roughton, near Cromer, are producing twice as much fruit as the mature trees in a long-established orchard, he said. As a team of pickers start to harvest the…


Growing blackleg threat to seed potatoes

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Waterproofs were definitely required for a visit to this year’s Potatoes in Practice event at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, near Dundee. Teresa Rush reports. CONCERN is growing within the seed potato industry over the extent of blackleg disease being seen in this season’s crops. Anecdotal evidence that levels of blackleg were significantly…


Growing Pakistan flood fears revive cotton futures

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Cotton futures rebounded from early lows on fears for a second successive year of crop losses to heavy floods which, reportedly, may have forced more than 1m people from their homes. New York’s best-traded December cotton lot recovered opening losses to hit 107.75 cents a pound at one point, up the daily maximum of 4.0…


Ukraine acts to lift exports of growing grain crop

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Ukraine has unveiled further moves to boost its grain exports, which are flagging even as harvest hopes have grown, with UkgrAgroConsult upgrading its production estimate, and Astarta unveiling a jump in yields. The country’s trade ministry unveiled preferential credit treatment for grain exporters, in an effort to kick-start shipments which reached only 338,000 tonnes in…


Growing La Nina fears dent hope for cocoa prices

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Growing expectations of a fresh La Nina questioned a prop for cocoa prices even as data showed speculators have already sold down heavily in the bean, putting it close to joining coffee and wheat on the list of crops on which they have net short positions. Analysis of regulatory data showed that managed funds –…


Vege growing getting harder

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Vegetable growing is becoming an increasingly hard row to hoe, say Nelson market gardeners. Robbie Conning has been growing greens at Hope for 30 years and says the last three have been the most difficult he’s experienced. Increasingly fickle weather, rising compliance and fuel costs and marketing strategies that favour bigger growers mean "it isn’t…


Weatherwatch: the British weather and salad growing

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There is a logical and increasingly popular argument in favour of sourcing as much of our food as possible locally. The success of farmers’ markets and "veg box" rounds partly depends upon it. However, three years ago a study by Exeter University left Riverford, the Peterborough based veg box suppliers, with a difficult ethical problem:…


Ideas for Growing African Violets

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Since the early 1900s, hobbyists in Europe and the United States have grown African violets in their homes. Hybrids in a variety of colors became available in the early 1930s, with new cultivars being added regularly. Today, African violets are widely available in dozens of flower colors and leaf types. If their modest demands are…


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