By W. George Schmid
Discovering an array of precise and various crops for coloration might sound like a frightening activity, with constrained strategies on hand to the gardener. coloration perennial specialist W. George Schmid dispels this conception in his new encyclopedia. This companionable reference offers info on greater than 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, from Acanthus to Woodwardia — a few new to horticulture, others unjustly ignored, yet all superbly fitted to the colour garden.
Schmid has at the back of him a part century of sensible gardening adventure, horticultural schooling, and huge commute watching coloration perennials of their local habitats; readers are for that reason taken care of to either important starting to be information and his own institutions with the vegetation. The professional textual content is rounded out with 500 gorgeous colour photos, many taken via the writer himself.
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Plastic slug houses are also available; the toxic bait, fortified with Chapter 3 • Practical Thoughts 39 chemical attractants, is enclosed, preventing birds from being poisoned. A dish sunk into the ground and filled with beer is a famous exclusion device for slugs; slugs absolutely love that beverage and promptly drown themselves in it. Other lures include inverted grapefruit skins, lettuce, and other preferred foods around which slugs congregate during the night for feeding; gather them at their table in the early morning, before sunrise, and dispose of them.
Organics include dormant oil sprays, biodegradable soap solutions, and the application of home-brewed pesticides containing garlic, pepper, vinegar, deodorant soaps, and other household organics. Mammals Deer and rabbits are among the worst offenders when it comes to wildlife feeding on garden plants. Feeding principally occurs in spring, when the growth is young and tender; damage consists of everything from partially eaten sprouts to the erasing of entire, emerging leaf bundles. Rabbits are easily fenced out, but deer are another matter: many species can and will jump a standard chain-link fence 4 ft.
It comes in two formulas; I use the 18–6–12 formula, with eight- to nine-months’ time release. A 50-pound (23 kg) bag, applied sparingly in early spring, feeds my entire garden. In most areas application should be made in early spring, but in more southern latitudes, where the ground rarely freezes and with some root growth continuing through winter, fertilizer can be applied in late winter. Other slow-release, urea-based fertilizers will do, but many are water soluble and their nutrients are washed away by heavy spring rains.
An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials by W. George Schmid